Dark spots on your face can really lower your self-esteem especially on those days when you decide to go without putting on the foundation which seems to be the easiest fix to hiding those spots.
These spots should however not be the cause why you feel self-conscious and not as confident as you would want to be, because they are actually very common and can happen to just about anyone.
Dark spots can be brought on from past breakouts such as acne and pimples that have dried out or from ultraviolet (UV) exposure. The good news is, these darkened patches are fairly easy to treat, meaning you’re not stuck with them forever!
Follow the tips below and you’ll start to diminish the appearance of spots in as little as four weeks while preventing spots from popping up in the future.
Don’t pop or squeeze pimples on your face
A pimple is like a little bag under the skin that contains oil, bacteria, and inflammation.
Squeezing it can result in these contents being pushed into surrounding skin, making the problem worse. It can also lead to infection, scarring and finally darkening of the skin in that area.
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Yes, it’s hard to resist popping those pimples. Instead, treat your pimples with a one percent hydrocortisone cream multiple times a day which you can pick up at any pharmacy. The hydrocortisone is an anti-inflammatory, so it’ll soothe redness and swelling.
Wear Sunscreen and Protective Accessories
The sun is the number one cause for dark patches on the skin whether your light skinned or dark skinned.
If the sun is shining it is always best to wear sunscreen to protect your skin especially if you constantly exfoliate your skin since exfoliation makes your skin more sensitive to the sun.
Also, make sure to wear protective gears and clothing that minimize sun contact as much as possible. Hats and sunglasses are great accessories to help shield your face from the sun.
Use Lemon Juice
Lemons have been used for years as an ingredient in facial products because of its high levels of vitamin C, which can help lighten dark spots on your skin.
It is easy, squeeze a few lemons of their natural juice into a cup or bowl. Then, dip a cotton swab into the bowl and apply a few drops of lemon juice to the spots you want to remove. Finally, let the lemon juice dry, then rinse your face with cool water.
Repeat this treatment each morning and evening until the spots fade. Beware that the lemon juice makes your skin sensitive to sunlight, so you need to use sunscreen or reduce your exposure to sunlight while using this treatment.
Use Natural Aloe Vera Gel
Since Aloe Vera is best known for its healing properties and therefore commonly used as a treatment for dark spots on the skin.
You can buy 100% aloe vera gel at a health food store, but using the gel directly from the plant is preferable. To do this, cut off a piece of an aloe vera leaf and split it in half. Carve out the jelly-like flesh and apply this directly onto your skin.
Once you have the gel on your face, use a gentle massaging motion with your fingers to work it into your skin. Massage the area for at least two minutes.
You can repeat this home treatment daily until the spots fade.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is rich in antioxidants and minerals and for that, it has been used for treating all sorts of ailments.
The alpha hydroxy acid in apple cider vinegar gets rid of dead skin cells and thereby clears any scarring and pigmentation on the skin.
Mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and water. You can apply this over your entire face because it is pH balanced, so it acts as a toner. Let the solution sit for 20 minutes before rinsing.