Black spots on the face is a common problem which happens when the skin starts secreting excessive melanin pigment. Excessive secretion of melanin is closely associated with overexposure to sun’s rays, hormonal imbalance, vitamin deficiency, pregnancy, stress, improper sleep and some medications. Although black spots are not harmful to your health, they are often the result of low self-confidence in people. The most popular methods to get rid of black spots nowadays is through surgery, acid peels and the like. But there are plenty of home remedies that can lighten dark spots naturally and without side effects. Here are some of the best home remedies for black spots on face.
1. Almond Oil
The active agent in almond oil that gets rid of black spots on face is vitamin E. The skin benefits of almond oil is well known to all as it is ubiquitous in almost every skin care product. In addition, almond oil contains saturated fatty acids that prevent skin dryness and associated black spots. Almond oil also packs vitamins B2 (that stimulates cell reproduction) and B6 (that prevents frequent outbreaks of acne) along with phytosterols and minerals.
Thus, almond oil reduces black spots and blemishes, protects from UV rays of sun and gives you even toned skin. You can prepare almond oil at home by soaking almonds overnight and in the morning peel off the skin and grind them into powder. Add honey to it and make a fine paste for application on face.
2. Lemon Juice
Loaded with vitamin C, lemon juice almost works miraculously on your black spots. The citric acid present in lemon juice aids in removing dead skin cells and help in formation of new cells that enhances your skin brightness. The citric acid does not only remove black spots but also acne scars and wrinkles. It also gives you an even skin tone. Application of lemon juice may result in slight redness or burning sensation in some. So, it is advised to test it on some other body part than directly on the face.
Another popular home remedy for removing blemishes, papaya is highly effective in giving you an even skin tone and fading black spots. The active agent in papaya is the enzyme papain which has exfoliating properties. Papain enzyme aids in production of new skin cells and removes dead cells. In addition, it inhibits tyrosinase enzyme so that lesser melanin pigments are produced. Just rub a raw papaya on the skin, leave it on for half an hour and wash off.
One of the best natural skin exfoliating agents is oatmeal. That’s why the market is filled with scrubs made of oats. Oats have amazing antioxidant properties that prevent free radical damage to skin cells – one of the prominent causes of black spots. Also, the anti-inflammatory properties reduce occurence of pimples and acne which tend to leave behind scars and blemishes. Oatmeal absorbs extra oil from skin and exfoliates it gently to remove dead cells and give back smooth and supple skin.
5. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has natural skin soothing properties and is an excellent antiseptic and analgesic. It deeply moisturizes the skin. Aloe vera is an effective home remedy for skin pigmentation and prevents sun tan, acne, dryness, flaky skin, acne scars, skin rash, and premature aging – all of which result in black spots. You can apply aloe vera gel directly on your face followed by gentle massage.
Due to the presence of essential minerals, fatty acids, phytochemicals (polyphenols and carotenoids), potatoes are excellent remedies for various skin and health conditions. It contains several B vitamins and vitamin C that exfoliates the skin naturally and remove dead skin cells. Minerals like zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus increase skin elasticity and enhance production of collagen thereby reducing black spots associated with aging. Applying potato juice on face would also give even complexion. It also contains starch which is naturally exfoliates the skin.
Buttermilk is an effective home remedy not only for black spots but also blemishes and other skin pigmentation disorders. The plus point is that application of buttermilk on face does not cause any burning sensation unlike lemon juice. Churned out curd from which buttermilk is made contains ample lactic acid. In is interesting to know that this very lactic acid is used in chemical peels for treating black spots.
Lactic acid removes dead skin cells and thus help you get rid of black spots on skin. You can apply buttermilk directly on your face or prepare a face mask by mixing 4 teaspoons of it with 2 teaspoons of tomato juice. Apply this mask and leave it on for at least 15 minutes.
Its amazing skin lightening properties make it a good remedy for removing black spots. It removes sun tan and aging spots too. The active agent in turmeric is curcumin that has antioxidant properties. Curcumin protect the skin cells against damage from free radicals which contribute to black spots on skin.
Being used traditionally in face packs, sandalwood has more skin benefits than you think. Sandalwood has amazing antiseptic properties and slows down aging process and the black spots on face associated with aging. You can prepare a sandalwood face pack easily by mixing glycerin, rose water and sandalwood powder.
A seminal ingredient in different cuisines across the globe, chickpea has various skin benefits too. First of all, it has excellent exfoliating properties and thus it removes dead skin cells and associated black spots on skin. It naturally lightens the skin and promotes even skin complexion.
11. Onion Juice
Its acidic nature makes it excellent for removing black spots from face. Onion lightens the skin naturally and has excellent bleaching properties. Cut an onion, extract the juice, dip a cotton ball and apply the juice with it on your face.
With 90% of it being just water, watermelon helps in retaining moisture in the skin. In addition, it contains fiber, along with essential vitamins B, C and A that are essential for glowing skin. It has naturally soothing properties that heal the black spots caused by sun rays.
It is no wonder that parsley forms a major constituent in major skin lightening cosmetic products. Being loaded with vitamin C, parsley stimulates collagen production, delays aging process and clears out skin blemishes. It also contains vitamin K that promotes skin elasticity. Also, antioxidant properties of parsley prevent oxidative stress on skin from free radicals. It prevents frequent acne breakouts as it has antibacterial as well as antifungal properties and thus prevent black spots caused by acne.
14. Castor Oil
Castor oil contains essential fatty acids which penetrate into skin tissues thereby reducing scars. It also promotes growth of healthy skin tissues due to the presence of omega-3 fatty acids. In addition, it delays aging process of skin and prevents acne and thus related black spots on the skin.