Our mothers and grandmothers used to say beautiful skin is the best makeup. That’s very true. If you have healthy and beautiful skin, it glows naturally, and no need for any makeup. And if your skin is excessively dry and has dark spots no makeup can conceal it.
Causes of Dark Spots
Among various skin disorders, black spots are the most common.
Our skin has a natural pigment called melanin that is responsible for the color of the skin, eyes, and hair too. The fairer skin has less melanin compared to the darker skin tone. The melanin protects the skin from the harmful rays of the sun. The melanocytes cell on the skin produces melanin and the production of melanin increases with the exposure to the sun. Overproduction of melanin than usual results in dark spots.
Fairer skin gets affected more easily.
The most common cause of dark spots is overexposure to the sun. The skin on our face is very soft compared to the other parts of the body and gets affected more easily.
Hormones sometimes trigger dark spots on the skin. Especially girls in adolescence and women during pregnancy suffer from the darkening of their skin.
Side Effects of Medications
Some medicines, especially non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can increase skin pigmentations resulting in dark spots. Tetracyclines and psychotropic drugs also cause dark spots.
Natural Remedies to Remove Dark Spots
Though nowadays various treatments are available to remove dark spots from the face instantly, one can always trust the age-old natural cure for dark spots. Natural remedies are as effective as chemical or cosmetic treatments and free of any side effects.
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Those remedies are discussed below.
Lemon is considered a natural bleach. The citric acid in it is used for removing dark patches and spots from the face. But applying lemon juice directly on the skin can be harmful. That’s why a natural moisturizer honey is mixed with lemon juice. Not only that, lemon juice can be added to any homemade face pack to exaggerate the spot-removal effect of the pack.
Milk can do magic in dark spot reduction. Just soak a cotton ball in milk, raw milk, or chilled milk and dab it on the dark spots, let it dry, and wash it off with water. Do this 3-4 times a day. Lemon juice and honey can be mixed with the milk for better results.
Turmeric is another substance from the kitchen known for its skin-brightening effects. It is used as an antiseptic and skin care from ancient times. Either use a special turmeric paste or mix it with any other face packs. Actually, turmeric leaves a yellowish tint on the skin which is why maximum people use it with either oatmeal face pack or lentil paste or gram flour paste or sandalwood paste. Raw turmeric paste is better than the turmeric powder available in the market.
Turmeric, honey, and coconut oil can be mixed into a smooth paste and can be applied and leave it for 20 minutes for spot reduction.
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Raw potatoes are rich in vitamin C, potassium. That makes it a perfect remedy for dark spot reduction as well as de-tan ingredients. Take raw potato juice from the grated potato and mix it with honey and lemon juice. Apply on your face and wash off with water at normal temperature.
Those with oily skin can skip the honey. Potatoes and lemon juice help to reduce oil secretion on the face.
Ripe papaya is another excellent natural cure for spot reduction. Just smash ripe papaya and apply it on the face. After 20 minutes, rinse off. Alpha hydroxy acid in papaya has bleaching effects.