How to get rid of dark spots?

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Dark spots, which are dark brown spots on the skin caused by excess Melanin production, are a cause of concern for many people. When left untouched, there is a possibility that a dark spot might disappear on it’s own, although it’s difficult to determine how long that will take. The natural disappearance of a dark spot can take anywhere between 3 to 24 months.

Prevention is better than cure, and here are a few steps you can take to prevent and reduce dark spots.

  • Use Sunscreen This is stressed upon by many dermatologists. Using sunscreen on a daily basis itself reduces dark spots to a reasonable extent. Make sure you use sunscreen that is preferable for your skin and use it daily, especially when you’re going to remain outdoors.
  • Exposure to sunlight Sun rays have Vitamin D, and it is good for your bones, although exposing yourself to the harmful UV rays for long, continuous durations could result in dark spots. Carry an umbrella or cover your face so that could keep your skin shielded.
  • Diet – Your diet is also crucial in this case, make sure you have the right amount of citrus fruits. These are foods that are high in vitamin C and are hence known to have skin lightening properties.

It’s also difficult to go for any solution to treat a dark spot without understanding the cause of it, that’s why it’s better to get a proper diagnosis done.

Also read: What are Dark Spots and what causes them?

In case you want to get rid of your dark spot naturally, there are a few things that you could use.

  • Lemon Juice – Lemon contains vitamin C. This is used for its skin whitening or lightening properties. Using lemon juice on your skin, with an existing remedy or with another concoction can be beneficial for the reduction of dark spots. Make sure your skin isn’t allergic, however, and test the juice on your neck to check before you continue (1).
While home remedies can have certain side effects, there are certain products designed specifically for treating dark spots.
While home remedies can have certain side effects, there are certain products designed specifically for treating dark spots.
  • Yogurt – Yogurt has lactic acid which will help in exfoliating and lightening the skin, hence treating dark spots(2).
  • Vitamin E – Vitamin E is a much sough after remedy to treat most skin issues. It is an antioxidant that fights against signs of discoloration and aging(3).
  • Hydroquinone – This is a bleaching agent used for liver spots. They can be used for dark spots too(4).
  • Onion juice – Onions are loaded with vitamin A, C, and E. All three are antioxidants that protect your skin from discoloration (5).
  • Potato – Potatoes have bleaching property. They lighten skin tone and will reduce dark spots. Just cut a slice and place it directly on the dark spot.
  • Salicylic acid – Salicylic acid does not reduce the pigmentation in dark spots. Instead, it will soften the skin, making it peel off (6).

Apart from these methods, there are products specifically create for treating dark spots. However, using over the counter products or creams is not advisable.

Your treatment regimen for Dark Spots depends on the kind of skin that you have as well as the reasons behind it. Prevention and control are the only things that you can reliably take care of by yourself. Make sure you seek out a qualified Dermatologist for treatment.

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Dr Jisha Gomez

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.