Age spots, sun spots, acne spots, spots from chicken pox — whatever the cause, no one wants to have spots littered all over their skin.
Fortunately, while there are countless reasons why we get unsightly spots on our skin, there are also many ways to get rid of them once and for all. And the best part is that you can do it naturally and from the comfort of your own home.
But first, what causes these nasty spots?
Dark spots, or hyperpigmentation, are a common skin ailment that can develop around your 25th birthday. Kind of a lousy gift, if you ask me! They can vary from light brown to red to even an unsightly blackish color, causing many people to feel sheepish about their skin spots.
The cause of hyperpigmentation can range from sun exposure to hormonal shifts to genetics; even the medications you're taking can cause these spots to show. But before you run out to your nearest pharmacy to find a store-bought cure you think may be best for you, make sure you check with your doctor to see if any of these spots have developed into melanoma.
If, however, the store-bought fixes just aren't for you (I don't blame you, since most of them don't really work), then simply embrace that inner DIY diva that lives in all of us and banish those blotches for good.
All you have to do is sashay on into your kitchen!
Dark Spot Remedies Straight Out of the Kitchen
What makes these remedies oh-so-tempting is that they're natural, affordable and easy! So what ingredients should you be stocking up on?
Lemon juice and its natural acidity have long been used as an organic bleaching agent to lighten dark spots. All you have to do is squeeze the juice out of one lemon, dip a cotton ball in the juice and apply it directly to your dark spots twice a day.
Just be sure you use fresh lemon juice and not the kind you buy in a bottle from the grocery store, as it can have added preservatives, and well, we just don't want that.
Quick, easy and cheap. That's my kind of DIY!
If you find lemon juice just isn't cutting it, try switching it up and testing out a combination of horseradish mixed with vinegar and honey.
Simply start by squeezing some lemon juice onto a cotton ball and use it as you would any toner, by swiping it all over your face. After that, spot treat any hyperpigmented areas with your horseradish mixture and allow it to soak in for around 20 minutes.
Then just simply wash your face and apply SPF if you plan on going outside, as these ingredients can make your skin sensitive to UV rays.
I bet you didn't see this one coming!
While it may sound like a smelly solution, red onion is actually rich in acidic properties and can help fade dark spots almost effortlessly.
Just cut up a red onion and juice it, or blend it if you don't have a juicer. Once you have your red onion juice ready to go, grab a Q-tip, dip it in your juice and apply it directly to each spot or area you wish to lighten. Allow it to remain on your skin for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water and following up with your favorite mild cleanser.
It doesn't matter so much which cleanser you use; it's mostly just to eliminate any lingering onion aroma. After all, we're simply trying to lighten dark spots here, not repel people with our stench.
No matter which method you choose, if you can commit to staying dedicated and consistent in your application, you should start to notice your dark spots fading in no time.
But before you run off to the kitchen to get your DIY on, share your own natural DIY tricks for fading dark spots and hyperpigmentation!