Homemade Remedies to Eliminate Dark Spots

Having problems with dark spots, acne marks uneven skin tone and trying to lighten, eliminate or restore your face to a more glowing facial complexion. This may be due to excess secretion of melanin on the surface of the skin that can be caused by the severe exposure of sunlight to dark spots which eliminates growth as the melanin decreases and in turn, leads to the darkening of the skin or various reasons which includes zits, acne, blemishes and blackheads. Some other factors that can lead to this condition are overexposure to the sun, hormone imbalance, pregnancy, some forms of medication, vitamin deficiencies, lack of sleep and stress. Often time’s people turn to treatments such as acid peels and laser surgeries, but there are also natural homemade remedies that can also be used to reduce the appearances of dark spots and blemishes on the face. Here are some natural homemade remedies that you can make use of:
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Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is known to have a natural bleaching property that can help to reduce the appearance of dark spots and create and even brighter skin tone.  Take a freshly squeezed lemon and squeeze it and pour or dab the lemon juice onto the dark spotted areas, leave the juice on for about 10-15 minutes before washing/rinsing the affected area. Repeat this treatment at least three times a week.
Lemon juice can dry out the skin and make it more hypersensitive to the sun, so it is required to follow up this treatment with a moisturizer and sunscreen.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Using Apple Cider Vinegar can help to speed up the process by which the skin will naturally shed and by shedding this can help to even out the skin tone. By dabbing the vinegar onto dark spots with a cotton ball, leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing.

Red Onions

Red Onions contains acid that has natural skin-lightening properties that can help to fight and reduce dark spots. One can extract the juice from the onion by either squeezing it or using a blender. Take a cotton ball and use it to dab the juice onto the dark spots and leave it to settle for about 10 minutes, wash skin thoroughly. This treatment can be repeated daily.


Take a fresh garlic clove and cut it in half, rub it onto the dark spots. For an alternative method, one can blend the garlic in a food processor to create a paste and use a cotton swab to dab it onto the skin. Leave the garlic on for 30-60 minutes, and then rinse the skin thoroughly.

Tomato and Lemon Juice

Use a medium size tomato and extract the juice from it and add one tablespoon of lemon juice, mix it. Apply over the face and allow it to dry for 20 minutes. Rinse well with warm water.

Aloe Vera and Lemon Juice

Cut out the pulp of the Aloe Vera and let it stands for 5 minutes, then add few drops of lemon juice. Apply it to the face and wash in 15 minutes time.


Onions consist of an anti-microbial property that can help to discard acne related scars and spots. Cut, grind and separate the juice from the onion and apply it to the affected area, allow it to work for a few minutes then rinse with clean water.

Sandalwood Powder with Rose Water

Mix two tablespoons of Sandalwood powder with a few drop of rose water, then apply to the dark spots or entire face, allow it to dry then rinse.

Sandalwood Powder with Glycerin and Rosewater/Milk/Honey

Use the sandalwood powder, glycerin and rose water (milk or honey) to make a thick paste. Apply the paste to the affected area and allow it to stand for a few minutes. Rinse the paste off with lukewarm water. For best results, use this remedy at least once per day until the black spots disappear.

Turmeric Powder and Lemon Juice

Add lemon juice to a pinch of turmeric powder, mix and dab it on the dark spots, allow it to set. Results can be seen in a week, scars and spots will disappear and skin will glow.

Turmeric, Honey and Olive Oil

Make a paste of turmeric, honey and olive oil and gently massage it into the affected area. Leave it to dry completely and then wash the area with water.
Turmeric is a popular skin-lightening agent that is used to get rid of dark spots and is also effective for quickly removing sun spots and age spots.

Potato and Honey

Grate a small potato and mix it with a sufficient amount of honey and dab it to the affected areas. Wash the mask off after 15 minutes. By rubbing the potato slices over the affected areas can also fade dark spots.

Onion, Garlic and Vinegar

Use one tablespoon of onion juice, garlic juice and half tablespoon of vinegar to prepare a solution, mix them properly. Then apply the combination to the face and rub in for a few minutes on the affected dark areas. Rinse well with chilled water after 20 minutes. With regular use of this easy and most happening tip, it will reduce dark spots quickly. The vitamins and the sulfur contents of onions and allicin (anti-fungal, anti-aging and skin smoothing benefits) property of garlic will smooth the skin texture and remove bacteria from the skin.

Cucumber, Milk and Lime Juice

Grate cucumber, add milk and extracted lime juice, mix and apply to affected areas. Rinse and pat to dry.

Buttermilk and Tomato Juice

Buttermilk is effective for treating dark spots, likewise lemon juice. It helps to fade blemishes and black spots without causing a burning sensation.
Mix four teaspoons of buttermilk with two teaspoons of fresh tomato juice. Apply to affected area and wash the skin after 15 minutes.
The lactic acid in milk, will gradually reduce skin pigmentation and brighten the tone of the overall skin complexion. Milk can be used in space of the buttermilk, soak a cotton ball in milk and dab it directly to the dark spot. Leave it for about 10 minutes, then rinse. This procedure can be repeated twice daily or 4 to 5 times per week.

Milk and Honey

Mix milk with honey and apply to the dark spots, let it stand for 10 minutes, then rinse and pat to dry.


The oatmeal powder can be used for skin exfoliation. By applying an oatmeal mask to the face and neck, it can remove dead skin and dark spots.
Grind half a cup of rolled oats, and then add 3-4 tablespoons of lemon juice to make a paste. Scrub the paste onto your skin and rinse with lukewarm once it has dried. Repeat this treatment once or twice a week.

Almonds, milk, sandalwood powder and honey

Soak 8-10 almonds overnight in milk, peel and grind the almonds after soaking then add one teaspoon sandalwood powder and a half teaspoon of honey. Mix to make a paste, apply to face and let it sit for about 30 minutes and then rinse with water.


The enzymes in papaya can also help to even out skin tone and aid in the fading of dark spots. Papaya contains papain, an enzyme that exfoliates the skin and encourages production of new and fresh looking skin. The skin of the papaya can also be used as a scrub for knees and elbows.
Apply the pulp of a ripe papaya to the skin and let it stand for the least 20 minutes, wash the area and pat to dry.

Papaya and Lime

Grate a green papaya and add lime juice to it. Apply the mixture to the dark spots and allow it to stand for 15 minutes before rinsing the area.
  • Depending on a number of factors, the home remedies provided may only help to reduce the color of facial spots but a lightning and not removing it completely. For your convenience, ask a dermatologist.
  • New spots or skin variations may need to be examined by a physician to ensure that the dark spots are not the cause of a more serious health condition.



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