Blemishes: How to remove them?

ways to remove blemishes

For every person aspiring for clear skin, there are some or other blemishes that can easily ruin your dream. There are various reasons for skin damage that often end with blemishes on your skin. Though it would be wrong to view them as an imperfection or flaw but that’s precisely how people see it. Knowing how to remove or prevent them can be beneficial. 

What are Blemishes?

Any spot, discolouration, marks or impressions on the skin are known as blemishes. Usually, they are harmless, except on rare occasions where they could indicate skin cancer.  

What Causes Blemishes on Your Skin?

  • They can occur due to dark spots, uneven skin tone, whiteheads and other skin issues. When they are all concentrated in the same place, they can come off as bigger marks. 
  • Most of the time, they occur on your skin because of inflammation. Whenever there is an injury or cellular damage, the skin tends to protect itself by producing more pigmentation in the area.
  • When acne occurs and heals, it usually leaves a mark behind; that’s how your skin heals. Your skin heals by producing more melanin to repair that part of your face. Clogged pores (with oil and dirt) can also cause blemishes. 
  • Certain viruses such as HSV-1 and infections like malassezia folliculitis can lead to blemishes. 
  • Stress, unhealthy diets, sun exposure and hormonal imbalances are known to worsen your blemishes. 
  • Irregular sleep patterns can also increase them. It’s essential to pay attention to your eating habits and how your system can internally affect your skin as well. 

What Can You Do to Prevent Blemishes?

  • Cleanliness – It’s vital to ensure your skin is clean. Make sure you wash your face with a mild cleanser or face wash twice a day. However, overwashing your face could increase the oil secretion and worsen your condition. 
  • Exfoliation – It helps get rid of dead skin cells, which can clog your pores. 

Natural Remedies

Yoghurt – It contains lactic acid that helps get rid of inflammations and even the spots or marks left behind.

Potato – Potato peels are said to have bleaching properties and can help lighten your skin. You can apply the juice of the peel. 

Orange Peel – Orange also contains vitamin C and E, which have skin lightening properties. You can use orange powder peels and yoghurt or milk to form a paste and apply it to your face. Blemishes are a benign condition that can effectively be treated by understanding the root problem.

When Should You See a Dermatologist?

Different blemishes require varied kinds of treatment. You can consult a dermatologist to treat them either for cosmetic reasons or for causing you distress. At times, they can also indicate a serious condition that would require medical supervision. Also, immediately reach out to a dermatologist if your blemish showcases any of the following features:

  • It has irregular borders
  • There’s a change in colour, size or shape
  • It itches or bleeds

Summing Up

Blemishes aren’t primarily a cause for concern. However, it is crucial to pay attention to them as they can lead to severe conditions such as skin cancer. For any concerns regarding blemishes on your skin, talk to a doctor. They can examine your condition and suggest proper treatment. 


The natural remedies mentioned in the blog are the widely popular ones. It is in no way a substitute for medical advice, treatment or diagnosis. Avoid using these if you have sensitive skin or are prone to allergies. 

Before trying any natural remedy, always test a small quantity on your skin to check for any adverse reactions or allergy to any particular ingredient. In case of emergency or any reaction, immediately connect with a doctor who can offer the right treatment.


1. How to get rid of blemishes fast?

There are various types of blemishes, and each type may require a certain way and time to heal. You can consult a doctor for guidance and advice.

2. Do Blemishes go away naturally?

In most cases, they fade or disappear over a period. However, some may require medical supervision. If you are concerned about your blemishes or have any concerns, talk to a dermatologist.

3. Which foods help clear blemishes?

There aren’t any specific food sources, but a healthy diet can certainly help maintain clear and healthy skin.  

4. Is aloe vera good to remove blemishes? 

Like most natural remedies, aloe vera, too, doesn’t have any evidence or research to prove that it can remove any spots or marks. Before trying any such remedy, do consult a doctor. Also, remember to be sure that you aren’t allergic to any of the natural ingredients.  










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Dr Jisha Gomez

She is a highly skilled dermatology physician with strong expertise in improving skin & hair health through the development of corrective treatment combinations. She completed her Post-graduate Diploma in Dermatology from Cardiff, UK & Fellowship in Aesthetic Medicine (FAM) from the Institute of Laser and Aesthetic Medicine, Delhi with over 5+ years experience treating skin patients. She has worked in Government hospitals in Trivandrum and Bangalore. She is actively involved in creating awareness for healthy skin, breaking the social stigma based on skin colour & stopping steroid abuse in our country.