5 Natural Remedies for Dark spots
Dark spots are caused by two main factors: Hyperpigmentation and scarring (or damage). The two causes can work together and hyperpigmentation can occur after (or as a result of) scarring. If you have more pigment (color) in your skin, you’re more likely to get dark marks following scarring. These marks usually don’t fade away on their own, but you’re in luck. You might have some help in your kitchen.
Yogurt is high in lactic acid, which is an AHA or Alpha Hydroxy Acid. AHAs act as a chemical exfoliant to remove dead skin cells. So, removing dark dead skin cells which are a result of damage allows healthy, lighter cells to surface. Yogurt has a little bit of a bleaching effect. Try a plain yogurt mask for 15 or 20 minutes to see the overall effect on your skin. Repeat as necessary or as-is practical. We say plain, but if you would like to smell like key lime pie or banana-strawberry, please feel free.
Lemon Juice is a popular natural remedy for dark spots. It’s high in Vitamin C which has the power to disrupt the process of melanin production. It’s also high in Citric Acid which is helpful with exfoliation (the removal of dead skin cells). However, lemon juice can be acidic and too strong for people with sensitive skin. We recommend trying some pure lemon juice diluted in water. Dab directly on the dark spot twice a day, and reduce frequency (or stop altogether) if itching or redness occurs.
Tomatoes are high in lycopene. This wonderful component is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants fight oxidative stress caused by age, sunlight, and pollution (among other things). This oxidative stress can cause wrinkles and signs of aging. Lycopene is effective at mediating some effects caused by sun damage and other factors. Simply cut a tomato in half and rub it all over your face. Let sit for 15 minutes and rinse clean. Repeat as often as necessary for desired effects or until irritation occurs.
Aloe Vera is a popular skincare ingredient for facial and body moisturizers. It’s high in antioxidants, but it’s also effective against hyperpigmentation. It includes two components which are helpful in breaking up and preventing melanin from forming. Aloin breaks up melanin, while aloesin prevents new melanin from forming. Together, they can be effective at reducing and preventing hyperpigmentation. You can try applying the gel from the aloe plant directly to affected areas, or you can try the easy way. We include a healthy dose of Aloe Vera along with a variety of botanical extracts in our Anti-Aging Serums and Moisturizers.
Licorice root has been shown to be especially effective at reducing dark spots caused by sun damage. It contains a compound called glabridin which can break up existing melanin formations and help prevent new ones from forming. The anti-inflammatory properties in licorice root can further reduce irritation and help even skin tone. It is the hero ingredient in our blissani Naturals Anti-Acne Toner, which has anti-aging, antioxidant and anti-acne benefits.
Damage caused by scarring can be more difficult to reduce than hyperpigmentation. Patience, time and consistency are important when it comes to stubborn dark spots. That said, for minor cases of pigmentation, some of these remedies (such as tomatoes) can work in as soon as three days. So get crazy and rub some food on your face! Or, buy some vegan anti-aging products from us. Whatever floats your boat.
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