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How to Get Rid of Dark Spots on Face - 6 Easy Tips

Updated on March 10, 2016

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As you age, you realize how wrinkles can make you much older than you really are. But there are other culprits that add to your age as much as wrinkles do. What are they? Those dark spots on your face. They ruin beautiful skin and are clearly unattractive. Sure, you can cover them with makeup but you would want to address the root of the problem. And if you’re a man, that makeup thing might not even be an option for you. But don’t fret. There are a lot of ways on how to get rid of dark spots on face. You also have a lot of choices, ranging from home remedies to medical treatments.

What Causes Dark Spots on Face?

As stated earlier, it is important that you address the root cause of the problem. The leading cause of dark spots on face is sun damage. If you are often exposed to the sun and you do not have any form of protection against it, you are inviting damage to your skin. It may not be evident right away but you will see the effects of sun damage after a few years, especially when you hit your 40s. Prolonged sun exposure breaks down collagen and weakens your skin, making you more likely to have wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and other skin problems. Dark spots on face can also be due to genetics, stress, and improper skin care.

How to Get Rid of Dark Spots on Face

1. Try lemon juice.

Lemon juice is acidic in nature, and this acidity helps reduce dark spots on face. Use a cotton ball to apply lemon juice on your dark spots twice a day. It is a good idea to test this first on a small area of your face to see how your skin will react to the lemon juice.

2. Use aloe vera.

Aloe vera has been used for many years as a remedy for various skin problems. It has healing properties that evens out your skin tone and reduces brown spots.

3. Use topical treatments with hydroquinone.

There are a lot of topical treatments on the market that promise to get rid of dark spots on face. Choose one that contains hydroquinone, a bleaching agent that helps remove dark spots and is proven safe to be used on the skin. You can also use one that contains kojic acid, which has bleaching properties as well.

4. Try salicylic acid.

You may have heard of salicylic acid being used to treat acne but it can also be used to lighten dark spots. Salicylic acid works by causing the outermost layer of the skin to soften, and then peel. This helps remove dead skin cells from the skin and allows new skin cells to surface.

5. Wear sunscreen.

Sun damage is the primary cause of dark spots so you would want to protect yourself from the harmful rays of the sun. Wear sunscreen with at least SPF 30 about 20 minutes before leaving your house. Also make sure that you wear protective gears and clothing that minimize sun contact as much as possible.

6. Medical treatments.

If you have the money and you want to remove dark spots on your face fast, you can opt for medical treatments. Common treatments for dark spots include chemical peel, microdermabrasion, and laser therapy. Chemical peel and microdermabrasion promote skin regeneration by removing the top layer of the skin. Laser therapy involves the use of different types of lasers that reduce accumulated melanin on a certain area. It is best to consult your doctor and ask which treatment you should use to finally clear your face from dark spots.

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      mathu 3 years ago

      I have black dots and eye ringles and ringles

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      Sonia 2 years ago

      I like it

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      Neeti 2 years ago

      I have dark patches on my cheeks. Getting crazy need help...

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      john korky 23 months ago

      need help i'm 40 but the dark spots on my face are unsightly,could you please recommend the best short remedy to remove the spots for good.thanks

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      pillar 13 months ago

      Retinoids are a powerful form of vitamin A proven to speed up cell turnover - which you need to get rid of dark spots. It helps your complexion looks smoother and diminishes the appearance of fine lines. The most potent form I use is in the Lady Soma Renewal Serum - I buy it online. Anything stronger, you will need a prescription from your dermotologist - but anything stronger will make your skin flake. The Lady Soma Renewal Serum does not make my skin flake, and in about 3- weeks, I have way less dark spots.

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      Sravanthi Reddy 12 months ago

      Thank you for the home remedies for dark spots . I am following potato, lemon juice and honey remedy is working out for me. All you have to do is make juice out of 3 to 4 potatoes and add a few drops of lemon juice along with honey and apply it on face. Wash it off after 30 minutes and I could see the results after using for a month.

      Source where I found the remedy :

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      Joemel Cabangon 10 months ago

      I have dry skin and I think MommyRenu Even Tone Serum works especially well. My dark spots are mostly scarring left from pimples and acne scars. I wanted to try MommyRenu Even Tone Serum because I do not have a lot of acne but on my bare face it seems like because of the acne scars. I spot treat using this and I think it helps make them less visible.

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      Ali 10 months ago

      I have darkspot dark spot in my face

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      Deborah Hopkins 7 months ago

      I have dark spots on my face cheeks and neck. What can I use to get rid of these dark spots?

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      CorneliaBuresch 6 months ago

      I just started using the DermalMD Lightening Serum as I have a few dark spots on my face and am starting to get them on the backs of my hands. I start by washing my face with a gentle cleanser and then using a toner to close my pores. Then I apply the dermalmd lightening serum followed by sunscreen and then my moisturizer. On days that I work I will add light makeup and I am amazed that my face still looks fresh and non greasy at the end of my work day. I also use this at night. I still have the dark spots but my face has a healthier glow.

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      shepard 5 months ago

      I have lot of pimple on my i just tried to use apple cider's works

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      AMMULU 3 months ago

      iam 19 years old and i have reddish brown spots and patches on my face and i tried many remedies but no use please suggest one best home remedie to remove all as soon as possible

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      Cliff Mendrez 3 months ago from Philippines

      Hello, AMMULU !

      What remedies have you tried? And for how long? I highly recommend trying the lemon juice trick and staying consistent with it.

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      loveofjustin 3 months ago

      Very good ill try

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      Kevin 3 months ago

      Which remedy will cure dark spots the fastest? Lemon juice? or Salicylic acid? Also, after I cured the dark spots do I need to continue using the remedies?

      Thank you.

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      Cliff Mendrez 3 months ago from Philippines

      Hi Kevin,

      Salicylic may work faster. Regardless of what remedy you choose, however, make sure you try it on a small area first to see how your skin reacts. Once the dark spots are gone, you can stop using your chosen remedy. But you should have a good skin care regimen to maintain the health of your skin.

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      arun 2 months ago

      I got a big heat ball on my face!!how to get rid of it??

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      JeanWilliams 2 months ago

      I have some age spots/sun spots on my face. I've tried everything to remove them and Dermalmd Lightening Serum actually lightens them. I've only used it for a few weeks now but I am seeing results. They are lighter. Remember to apply the serum to only the spots as the skin around them will lighten too making them never seem to fade. It is tricky to do this, but this serum actually works. I am pleased.

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      Nicole 4 weeks ago

      I have dark spots in my face from pregnancy how do I get rid of them

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