Black Spots or Dark spots are one of the most common problems that appear on aging or unhealthy skin, and they are also one of the most dreaded. Dark spots, such as age spots, sun spots, and melasma can appear on your face, hands, shoulders, and legs. Women get more distressed when they have to suffer from this problem on their facial skin. There could several causes for having freckles, age spots and other dark marks on the face, and the most common one being prolonged exposure to the sun. Excessive exposure to sun for a long period of time causes a concentration of melanin, which results in the appearance of dark spots. Dark spots or dark patches may also appear because of genetics, hormonal changes, stress, liver disease, pregnancy, or regular use of low quality skin care products. Wondering how to get rid of dark spots on face? Luckily, there are many possible treatments for dark spots on the skin, such as acid peels and laser treatments. Simple homemade remedies can also reduce the appearance of dark and brown spots on face and other blemishes on face naturally. Lemon juice, castor oil, vinegar, papaya, and aloe Vera are some of the best options for a more natural dark spot corrector agent.

Lemon Juice

A quick and easy solution can be found in your kitchen or your nearest grocery store — lemon juice. Lemons have vitamin C that can lighten dark spots on your face. It’s easy to apply.

1- Put some fresh lemon juice on a cotton ball and rub it directly on the affected skin area.
2- Allow it to dry and then wash it off with plain water.
3- Continue applying this dark spot removal home remedy for at least two weeks to get the desired result.
If you have delicate or sensitive skin, you can dilute the lemon juice with plain water, rosewater, or honey. You can also use lime juice to get rid of black spots, applying it in the same manner as described above.


Sandalwood is another effective option.

1- Make a thick paste of sandalwood powder, glycerin and rose water. (If you don’t have rose water, you can use milk or honey.)
2- Apply the thick paste to the affected skin area, leaving it on for a few minutes. Wash off the paste with lukewarm water.
3- Follow this remedy once daily until your black spots vanish completely.
This simple remedy also will leave your skin glowing.


Turmeric is another popular skin-lightening agent that can be used to get rid of black spots on your face. It is also effective for quickly removing sun spots and age spots.

1- Make a thick paste of turmeric, milk and lemon juice.
2- Apply it to the skin where there are black spots.
3- Leave it on for a few minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water.
Another option is to make a paste of turmeric, honey and olive oil and gently massage it into the affected skin area. Leave it on until it completely dries and then wash the area with water.


The enzymes in papaya can help even out skin tone and aid in fading black spots. For example, papaya contains papain, an enzyme that exfoliates the skin encouraging production of new, fresher-looking skin. There are two ways that you can use papaya.

Apply the pulp of ripe papaya to the skin and leave it on for about 20 minutes; then rinse it off.
Another option is to grate green papaya and add lime juice to it. Apply this mixture to black spots and allow it to sit for 15 minutes before rinsing it off.
You can also use papaya skin as an excellent scrub for knees and elbows.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera has many healing properties and is a great natural dark spot corrector.

1- Apply Aloe Vera juice or gel directly on dark patches and black spots.
2- Gently massage the area with your fingertips for a few minutes.
3- Repeat this once or twice daily for a few weeks to fade skin discolorations.
Aloe Vera juice or gel is also helpful for treating minor burns, stings and scrapes.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant that protects the skin and helps in fading black spots and other dark blemishes.

1- Open a Vitamin E capsule and apply the liquid to any spots on your face before going to bed.
2- The next morning, wash your face with water.
You may also massage the affected skin area with vitamin E oil to reduce black spots. Vitamin E oil combined with aloe gel as a face mask will also work. If you prefer to purchase a dark spot removal cream, be sure to get one that contains vitamin E.


Your vegetable drawer is another source of home remedies for black spots or dark patches. Potatoes can be applied one of two ways:

Slice up a potato and place one slice directly on the black spots; leave on for a few minutes and then wash your face with lukewarm water.
You can also make a face mask by combining grated potato with honey.
Some people have also had success using tomatoes to get rid of dark black spots within a few weeks.

Castor Oil

Castor oil has acidic and anti-inflammatory properties that can help get rid of black spots within a few weeks.

1- Gently rub pure castor oil into your skin with your fingertips, using circular motions.
2- Leave on for half an hour and then wash it off with lukewarm water.
3- Apply castor oil twice a day to bleach the affected skin area.
This remedy is also a great moisturizer for your skin.


The lactic acid in milk will gradually reduce skin pigmentation, and brighten and tone your overall skin complexion.

1- Put milk on a cotton ball and dab it directly on your spots.
2- Leave it on for about 10 minutes and then wash it off.
3- Repeat this twice daily for four to five weeks.
You can also prepare a solution by mixing milk and honey and apply the solution to your dark spots, leaving it on for 10 minutes.

Onion Juice

Onion juice — made using a juicer, blender or grater – can be applied in a couple of ways.

Dip a clean cotton swab into fresh onion juice and dab it directly on the affected skin area and allow it to dry naturally.
Another option is to apply a combination of one tablespoon of onion juice and two tablespoons of honey on the spots for about 20 minutes. If you have oily skin, you can add some vinegar in the solution as well.
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