How To Remove Tan From Neck

how to remove tan from neck

A fun-filled summer mandates a good tan! Hot summer days can result in adventures but with a side of tanning on your neck that you may or may not want. Find out the different ways in which you can remove the tan from your neck in-clinic and at home.

 Why do you get tanned?

A tan is your body’s attempt to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Exposure to harsh sunlight makes your body release ‘melanin’ under the skin surface to help absorb UV radiation. Melanin gives your skin its colour! Higher the exposure to the sun, the higher the pigmentation, and thus, the darker the sun tanning.

Dermatologist-recommended ways to remove tan from the neck

A great way to get rid of your tan is to book a session with a dermatologist. According to your skin type and sensitivity, they can give you multiple options to consider. Let’s have a look at some of them.

Tan Removal Creams

Apply a dermatologist-prescribed sun tan removal cream on your tanned area. They work on the top layers of your skin to reduce pigmentation. Tan removal creams work only if the top layer of your skin is affected, but if it has penetrated deeper, they might not be as effective.

Laser toning

This is one of the best ways to remove tan, according to dermatologists. A laser device is used to break down the pigment and reduce tan, sun spots, etc.

Chemical Peels 

 Here chemical peels are used to get rid of sun tanned skin. They remove dead cells, tanned skin layers and promote the regeneration of skin cells. 


 This exfoliation technique effectively manually removes tan and dead skin cells. It is not invasive and promotes the healthy growth of your skin. You might need a couple of sessions to get rid of a heavy tan. 

 Hydra Gel Peel

 These peels are formulated using intense moisturizing agents, antioxidants, and natural ingredients. The peel injects a bit of oxygen into the skin to clear the top layer of it. It re-energizes the skin cells giving you brighter, younger and healthier-looking skin.

How can you remove the tan on your neck at home?

 Here are seven simple home remedies that can help remove tan from your neck. However, home remedies are not always effective and may result in allergic reactions too.

 Aloe vera + Cucumber + Honey

Blend cucumber, add aloe vera gel and honey to this and mix well. Apply to the tanned neck areas and leave it to dry. Rinse your neck thoroughly.

 Orange + Turmeric + Honey

Mix 1 tsp of orange peel powder with ¼ tsp of turmeric powder and 1 tsp of honey. Apply this mixture to your tanned neck area, leave it to dry and rinse it off.

Coconut oil + Almonds + Sugar

Mix 1 tsp of coconut oil with 4-5 powdered almonds and 1 tsp of sugar. Scrub this on your neck, and rinse it off.

The silver lining

Fortunately, a suntan is medically reversible. There are tan removal treatments and solutions that effectively reduce the pigmentation caused due to sun exposure on the neck. All you need to do is consult your doctor and opt for safe and effective treatments for the tan!


The natural remedies mentioned in this 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 allergies to any particular ingredient. In case of emergency or any reaction, immediately connect with a doctor who can offer the proper treatment.


Can tan lines be permanent?

A tan is not permanent, and nor are tan lines. Over time they fade away as new skin cells generate, and old cells die and fall off.

Why do some tan lines never go away?

 If your tan is not going away, it is probably not a tan but damaged skin cells. This can happen when the skin is repeatedly tanned and discolored.

Does sunscreen prevent tanning?

Sunscreen does prevent tanning but only to an extent. Most of the time, we do not apply enough sunscreen, nor do we reapply it as we should. Depending on your exposure, you can get tanned despite it. 



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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.