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  • Writer's pictureDr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam

How to remove Dark spots on Skin - Natural Remedies


Dark or black spots are darker patches of skin that can appear on any part of the body, but are more common on the face, hands, and back. They can have different causes, such as sun damage, hormonal changes, inflammation, infection, medication side effects, or skin conditions like melasma, vitiligo, or acne.


Dark or Black spots are usually not a serious health problem, but some people may want to remove them for cosmetic reasons. There are many natural home remedies that can help lighten or fade black spots over time. However, before trying any home remedy, it is important to consult a doctor to make sure that the black spots are not caused by something serious, such as skin cancer. Also, some home remedies may cause allergic reactions, irritation, or sensitivity in some people, so it is advisable to do a patch test on a small area of skin before applying them to the affected areas.

Here are some of the most popular and effective natural home remedies for black spots:

  • Lemon juice. Lemon juice contains citric acid, which is a natural bleaching agent that can help lighten dark spots. To use lemon juice, squeeze the juice of a fresh lemon and apply it to the black spots with a cotton ball. Leave it on for about 15 minutes and then rinse it off with water. Repeat this once or twice a day for a few weeks. However, avoid going out in the sun after applying lemon juice, as it can make the skin more sensitive to UV rays. Also, if you have sensitive skin, dilute the lemon juice with water or honey before applying it.

  • Aloe vera. Aloe vera is a plant that has many skin benefits, such as moisturizing, healing, and anti-inflammatory properties. It can also help reduce the appearance of black spots by stimulating the growth of new skin cells and removing dead skin cells. To use aloe vera, cut a leaf from an aloe vera plant and extract the gel. Apply the gel to the black spots and massage gently for a few minutes. Leave it on for about 20 minutes and then wash it off with water. Do this once or twice a day for a few weeks. You can also mix aloe vera gel with honey, lemon juice, or turmeric for added benefits.

  • Turmeric. Turmeric is a spice that has many health and skin benefits, such as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. It can also help lighten black spots by inhibiting the production of melanin, the pigment that gives the skin its color. To use turmeric, make a paste by mixing turmeric powder with milk, yogurt, or lemon juice. Apply the paste to the black spots and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Then, rinse it off with water. Do this once or twice a day for a few weeks. You can also add turmeric to your diet or take turmeric supplements for overall health benefits.

  • Apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is a natural product that has many uses, such as balancing the pH level of the skin, removing impurities, and exfoliating the skin. It can also help fade black spots by restoring the natural color of the skin. To use apple cider vinegar, dilute it with water in a 1:1 ratio. Apply the solution to the black spots with a cotton ball. Leave it on for a few minutes and then wash it off with water. Do this once or twice a day for a few weeks. You can also add honey, lemon juice, or green tea to the apple cider vinegar solution for extra benefits.

  • Papaya. Papaya is a fruit that has many skin benefits, such as moisturizing, nourishing, and brightening the skin. It can also help remove black spots by exfoliating the skin and reducing the production of melanin. To use papaya, mash a ripe papaya and apply it to the black spots. Leave it on for about 20 minutes and then rinse it off with water. Do this once or twice a week for a few weeks. You can also mix papaya with honey, lemon juice, or yogurt for added benefits.


These are some of the natural home remedies that can help you get rid of dark spots on your skin. However, remember that these remedies may take time and patience to show results, and they may not work for everyone. Also, make sure to protect your skin from the sun by wearing sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses, as sun exposure can worsen the black spots or cause new ones. If you do not see any improvement after trying these remedies, or if you notice any signs of infection, inflammation, or bleeding on the dark spots, consult a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.


Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)

Internal Medicine Specialist


Kify Hospital

Danavaipeta

Rajahmundry

Phone : 85000 23456

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