What’s more distressing than having dark spots on your face especially when people keep noticing them and calling your attention as though you have no idea your face has been discolored by some unwanted visitors? Some resort to makeup to conceal these dark spots but makeup only covers the spots for as long as you have it on. It is more preferable to go for remedies that will not only conceal them but totally eradicate them from your face. Not to worry, this article lists five natural remedies for your dark spots. You just have to keep reading.
Dark spots, otherwise called freckles, age spots or black spots, can be very distressing. They are discolored patches of skin that appear on the face, shoulder, back or arms as a result of acne, excessive sun exposure, aging and hormonal changes.
Acne is one common cause of black spots. When you pop a pimple already infected with bacteria and leave it to die on your face, the scars do not always disappear eventually, some end up becoming dark spots.
When you spend too much time in the sun without applying sunscreen, the result is usually over-secretion of melanin – the pigment responsible for the color of the skin.
As you age, your skin cells do not reproduce as they used to when you were young. When this happens, the skin finds it difficult to get rid of discolored areas. Also, during pregnancy, while on contraceptives or menopause, the production of melanin is usually uneven and any exposure to sunlight triggers melanin production thereby causing dark spots.
Dark spots on the face inevitably attracts questions from people to you (the type of questions that gets you wishing your face could just go back to the way it was when you were born). These dark spots could be much of a headache especially when nothing conceals them, not even your makeup.
What to do?
Instead of resorting to makeup all the time to conceal your dark spots, isn’t it better you get a long-lasting remedy? If you don’t want to visit a dermatologist or get some cosmetic care, you can use any of the 5 natural remedies for dark your spots. You are advised to use them consistently for at least a month to get your desired results.
Lemon is very good for removing dark spots. The citric acid and vitamin C present in lemon are very good bleaching elements. However, using lemon in its concentrated form can be adverse to the skin. Hence, it is advisable to dilute the lemon solution with water. Use only freshly squeezed lemon as the preservatives in the packaged ones can harm your skin. Endeavour not to apply the lemon juice home remedy around or under your eyes as the skin in those places is very sensitive. Also, do not stay in the sun during or right after using this home remedy as it makes your skin highly sensitive to sunburns.
I guess you must have been waiting to see this. I mean, this vegetable isn’t just known for its nutritional value but also its bleaching powers. Potato has minerals that work together to provide skin care benefits. There are many ways to use the potato therapy. You could mix it with lemon juice or simply slice up a potato into thin slices and apply little water to make them wet before rubbing on your face. You could as well grate a potato and mix it with a teaspoon of honey then allow to dry on your face for about 15 minutes after application. If after applying potato on your skin you experience any irritation, wash off the face mask and discontinue use immediately.
Did you just ask how? Like how do I expect you to rub onion on your face even with its odour? I know the smell of this vegetable could be a turn-off but it’s actually one of the very good natural remedies for your dark spots. Research shows that onions have in them Vitamin A, C and E. These vitamins are very powerful antioxidants that protect your skin from ultraviolet sunrays that cause the skin to wrinkle and age. You know, you can actually mix onion juice and garlic juice to correct your dark spots. Oh! Please don’t scream. I know this combo could be so odoriferous but trust me, the stench is worth it. All you need do is to blend the onion and garlic together then extract the juice and apply on your face. So you don’t end up killing people with the odour of this concoction, apply it every night before you sleep.
What comes to your mind when you hear calamine lotion? Let me guess. Chicken pox! Once upon a time we all used calamine lotion on our skin, especially when we were kids, to battle ailments like chicken pox, rashes, measles, etc. Calamine lotion is very useful in tackling skin care issues but only few people know that it actually contains kaolin – an ingredient that helps even out skin tone and reduce black spots. You don’t have to mix calamine lotion with anything to make it work. Just apply on your face overnight and wash it off at dawn. Do this every day but be sure to do a patch test to be certain your skin is not allergic to the lotion.
Okay, here’s our fifth natural remedy for your black spots. Don’t you just love tomatoes? This juicy red vegetable gives us stew, ketchup and even our prominent Nigerian jollof rice. Tomatoes also have properties that enhance skin care. They contain vitamin A, B and C that maintains the elasticity of your skin, reduce black spots and boosts collagen production. There are different ways to use the tomato juice remedy. You could mix tomato juice with lemon juice and apply on your face, use it with olive oil or you can as well dip a slice of tomato in sugar and scrub your face with it then allow to dry for 15 minutes.
Now you have five options to choose from in working on your dark spots. Getting a good cosmetic product could be quite expensive especially if you don’t want to use just any product that could leave you with reactions. You don’t have to visit a dermatologist too. Just get into your kitchen and start your skin care routine with any of these natural remedies for your dark spots.