How to remove dark spots caused by pimples

Posted 2 months ago by Prakhar Parihar in

Everyone has to deal with acne at some point or other in their lives, be it woman or man, teenager or adult. It is one of the most common skin issues which plagues the people. People consider them to be unsightly and they decrease people's self-esteem and confidence. And once the pimple goes away, that is not the end of the issues caused by it. Many times a pimple will leave behind something, some blemish on the skin. It can be an acne scar or even a dark spot which could be black or brown in color. These dark spots spoil your complexion and you can not think about anything other than how to get rid of them. Well, worry not ladies, we have brought this post to you for this purpose only. In this article, we will tell you about a number of natural remedies which will help you get rid of the pesky and unsightly dark spots, so that you can flaunt your clear and smooth skin to the world.


How to remove dark spots caused by pimples

Home Remedies for getting rid of Dark Spots caused by Pimples

So, you are worried that the dark spots due to the pimples are spoiling your great look. Well, there is no need to worry too much as there are tons of natural home remedies which you can use to get rid of any dark spots on your face. You can use any of these remedies to help clear up your skin whether it be your face or any other part. These remedies are from natural ingredients many of which you can already find present in your homes. Moreover, these are highly effective in fulfilling their purpose, are very economical when compared to any products or creams you will get on the market, and does not have any side or harmful effects on your body. Now, let us get on with the list of the remedies which are going to help solve your issues. First up is:

#1. Potato:

Potato is an amazing and versatile vegetable which is used by millions for sustenance to get through their lives every day. Moreover, it has powerful properties which are going to help you treat those dark spots caused due to acne or pimples. It can do that because of its mild bleaching properties which can help lighten and brighten the skin and get rid of any dark spots on the face or skin. It gets those properties due to the natural nutrient content in it like of Vitamin C and starch. It also contains many other essential nutrients like potassium, vitamin B6, phosphorus, and zinc. These elements are great for the skin and help remove any buildup of dead skin cells to reveal fresh bright new skin layer. Hence, potato is a nice exfoliator of the skin. The essential elements in the potato also improve the skin's health as they stimulate the production of collagen to make your skin much better than before.

How to use it?:

Using a potato to treat dark spots is pretty straightforward and simple. You can use its juice directly as a spot treatment. to do that, follow the below-given steps:

  1. Take a fresh potato and then cut it into slices.
  2. Squeeze out the slices to press out their juice.
  3. Now, apply this potato juice directly onto your dark spots using a cotton swab or ball. Follow this remedy a couple of times in a day to see effective results pretty soon.

That is one method you can use, but there is another alternative which you can use if you wish to do so. In this one, you will make a simple potato face mask. Follow the aforementioned steps to learn how:

  1. First of all, take a fresh potato then peel it fully.
  2. Then, mash the potato to make a paste and then add a teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice to the mash and mix the two together well.
  3. Now, apply the hence obtained mixture onto the dark spots on your skin. Leave it on for a while and then wash it off. You should also use this one a couple of times in a day if you want to see quick results.

#2. Lemon:

Lemon is a fantastic citrus fruit which holds many beneficial properties for the body including your skin. It can help you get rid of your dark spots as it's juice acidic in nature and can have pretty strong bleaching effects. Hence, it is quite effective in getting rid of any dark spots or discoloration on your skin caused by acne or otherwise. It can even help prevent acne so that there is little chance of you getting dark spots in the first place.

How to use it?:

Using it is pretty simple. You just have to use the lemon juice as a spot treatment. The instructions are the following:

  1. First of all, take a fresh lemon and cut it open and squeeze out its juice in a small bowl.
  2. After that, use a cotton swab or ball to gently apply the fresh lemon juice onto the dark spots on your skin or face. That is about it.

Note: There is a thing you should check first. Lemon juice can be quite strong and hence has the potential of reacting with your skin badly. To find out about this, just do a small patch test by putting a drop of lemon juice in a discreet part of your skin, like your arm. If you have sensitive skin, there is a good chance that lemon will not go along great with it. If that is the case, you can simply dilute the lemon juice with water.

#3. Coconut Oil:

Everybody knows about the wonders of coconut oil. Coconut is basically a miracle fruit, it has so many beneficial effects and uses for the body and humanity. It is fantastic for the skin. It has tons of antioxidants in it which protect your skin from damage and acne which in turn reduces the risk of dark spots forming. It also contains essential vitamins for the skin like vitamin E and K. These vitamins are crucial for the skin's health and regeneration. Hence, they can repair the skin to fade away dark spots by stimulating the production of new and healthy skin cells and tissues. Furthermore, coconut oil is moisturizing to the skin and has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial characteristics. Hence, it can prevent the formation of dark spots and any other blemish due to acne or pimples. However, coconut oil can clog up your pores, so use it in smaller quantities and also do a patch test to check it out first.

How to use it?:

Using coconut oil is pretty simple and straightforward. You use it like you would any other oil. The step by step instructions is provided below anyway.

  1. First of all, you have to take a tsp of coconut oil in your palms.
  2. After that, apply the oil onto your face, make sure that you cover all your dark spotting.
  3. Lastly, you need to let it stay on your face overnight. In the morning, wash it off and you are done. You can do this daily depending upon your skin or you could do it every other day too if you wish.

#4. Aloe Vera:

You had to have guessed that ALoe vera would be on this list. Of course, it is on pretty much every skincare list. And with good reason too, it is extremely helpful and beneficial to the skin and body. The thick gel in the succulent leaves is the real price here. The aloe vera gel is great for lightening the skin and evening out the skin tone.  It gets those properties due to the ample amount of antioxidants in it like Vitamin A, C, and E. These vitamins are fantastic for the skin and will help you get rid of any dark spots on your skin caused due to pimples or any other reason. Vitamin A helps with the skin's exfoliation process by helping to get rid of dead skin cells. Vitamin C also adds onto this property while also helping to brighten up your complexion and consequently fading any blemishes. Vitamin E is also essential for the regeneration and helps to refresh the topmost layer of your skin to get rid of any blemishes on there. Moreover, aloe vera contains compounds called polysaccharides in it which stimulates the production of new skin cells which helps a lot in fading away dark spots or any other blemishes. Together with all this, aloe vera is a terrific moisturizer for the skin. Due to all these amazing properties and to no one's surprise, Aloe vera is used very commonly in the skin and beauty care industry.

How to use it?:

You use aloe vera gel directly on your skin to harness its benefits and properties for the skin. The detailed instructions are given below.

  1. First of all, cut off a fresh leaf from your aloe vera plant. If you do not have an aloe vera plant handy, you can also buy pure 100% aloe vera gel at medical and health stores. But it is always preferable to use your own fresh aloe vera gel directly from the source, the aloe vera plant.
  2. After that, cut open the aloe vera leaf and split it in half to reveal the contents inside.
  3. Lastly, just extract the gel in there and then apply the gel directly onto your face. Make sure to cover the dark spots nicely and fully. That is about it. Leave it one for a bit and then rinse it off and you are done.

#5. Gram Flour (Besan):

Gram flour is another one of the great and effective remedies for treating the skin and also getting rid of dark spots and acne scars. It can help you fade the unsightly dark spots on your face or skin as it has potent exfoliating properties to get rid of old skin tissues and promote the regeneration of new skin cells and tissues. Moreover, it can help lighten and brighten the skin which is also helpful in fading the dark spots from the skin. Gram flour, since it made from gram, is chock full of protein content. The proteins in it are great for the skin and get rids of the dullness of the skin while also clearing it off from dark spots. It also contains vitamin A and B which acts as antioxidants to prevent acne and dark spots in the first place. Lastly, besan can also stimulate the production of collagen which is essential for the good health and consequently the look of your skin. All in all, gram flour is brilliant for your skin and making it free from blemishes.

How to use it?:

To utilize gram flour to get rid of the dark spots, you will need to use it with some freshly squeezed lemon juice or some rose water. Follow the upcoming steps closely to do it properly.

  1. Firstly, take a tablespoon of gram flour in a small bowl.
  2. After that, add in some rose water to the bowl and mix it in to make a nice paste. The paste should be neither too thick nor too runny, make sure it is of a nice and medium consistency. You can also use lemon juice in place of rose water if you wish.
  3. Then, apply the hence obtained paste all over your dark spots and face.
  4. Lastly, leave it on until it dries off completely and then, rinse it off using water. Follow this remedy every other day and you will soon get rid of all your dark spots.

#6. Tea Tree Oil:

Tea tree oil is one of the most popular and effective essential oil around. Women all over the world love it and use it to treat a variety of skin and body issues and it never seems to disappoint. It is especially popular with women who struggle with acne and the consequential blemishes and scars which develop. It is a great help in fading away any dark spots, scars, and blemishes caused due to pimples and breakouts. And not only that, it is very effective in getting rid of pimples and acne themselves to help avoid the blemishes in the first place. It has strong anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties which go a long way in preventing acne and breakouts and subsequently healing the scars and blemishes from them.

How to use it?:

Using tea tree oil is no different than using any other essential oil., Essential oils are quite strong so you need to dilute them first before applying for best results and no side effects. We will be using coconut oil as a carrier oil here because it also is individually great for healing dark spots. The proper steps on how to do it are detailed right ahead.

  1. First of all, take a teaspoon of coconut oil in a small mixing bowl and add 3 or 4 drops of tea tree oil into it and blend the two oils together well.
  2. After that, apply the blend onto your dark spots and any other blemish or scar caused due to acne.
  3. Then, you have to leave it on your skin overnight or for up to a couple of hours if you are short on time.
  4. Lastly, rinse it off in the morning and you are done. Follow this simple remedy every day and soon your dark spots will be gone and dealt with.

#7. Apple Cider Vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar is one of those multi-purpose ingredients which is used by people all over the world for a variety of reasons be it for ailments of the body or skin or random issues around the house. That is why it is present in most households around the globe. Consequently, it is also really effective in beautifying and making your skin better and so it can also help to fade away any dark spots and any other blemishes from the skin caused by acne or otherwise. It contains tons of antioxidants and nutrients which help heal the skin from any blemishes or scarring caused due to pimples. It contains Alpha Hydroxy acid in it which is terrific for cleansing the dead skin cells and hence stimulating the production of new skin tissues. This is instrumental in improving the skin's pigmentation and getting rid of any marks, spots, scars, etc on the skin.

How to use it?:

The instructions on how to use apple cider vinegar for dark spot removal are given below.

  1. First of all, take some apple cider vinegar and then dilute it with an equal amount of water.
  2. After that, apply the mixture over your face and dark spots.
  3. Lastly, leave the solution of your face for about 20 minutes before rinsing it off. You are done.

#8. Yogurt

People love eating yogurt all over the world as it tastes great and also is really healthy for the body due to its probiotic nature. But it is also great as a topical application for the skin. Dairy products, like yogurt, are rich sources of lactic acid which is the element which provides great skin treating properties. It helps even out the skin's pigmentation and also helps lighten and brighten it. It also acts as a potent exfoliator to cleanse the skin from the buildup of dead skin cells. Moreover, yogurt is also anti-inflammatory so it will soothe the skin also help prevent pimples and breakout to avoid the dark spots in the first place. Ultimately, regular usage of yogurt on the skin will help you to clear up your skin and improve its complexion while getting rid of any spots, marks or blemishes.

How to use it?:

There are a plethora of ways in which you can use yogurt for the removal of dark spots caused due to ane and pimples like face masks and stuff. However, the most simple among them all is just using plain yogurt as a topical application on the face. It is really effective that way too. Follow the upcoming steps accurately to learn how to do it.

  1. Firstly, take some yogurt in a bowl. You can also use buttermilk for this purpose if you wish to do so.
  2. After that, apply the yogurt all over your face as you would a face mask. Make sure to cover your dark spots completely.
  3. lastly, leave it on your face for about 20 minutes before rinsing it off. You are done.

#9. Baking Soda

Baking soda is another one of those ingredients which boast of tons of uses and not just for the skin. It is used for everything from beauty and skincare to cooking and baking to minor random issues around the house. It will also help fade your dark spots because of its strong exfoliating properties. It can remove all your dead skin cells to promote the generation of new skin cells and tissues which is crucial for the fading of dark spots and other blemishes from the skin. Moreover, it is slightly alkaline in nature so it would be able to balance the pH levels of your skin. That helps a lot in preventing future pimples and acne and just keeping the skin healthy and looking great overall.

How to use it?:

Using baking soda is also quite simple and straightforward and you do not need much other than some baking soda to perform it. The steps on how to use it to get rid of the dark spots are given below.

  1. First of all, take a couple of tablespoons of baking soda in a mixing bowl and add in a tablespoon of water.
  2. After that, mix the two ingredients together well to make a paste.
  3. Then, apply the hence-obtained mixture onto your face, all over your dark spots.
  4. Lastly, leave it on your face and skin until it dries off completely. Only then rinse it off and you are done. Follow this remedy once every day to get great results and soon be free from your dark spots.

#10. Turmeric

Turmeric is probably the most touted remedy for the skin that is recommended in India. And with good reason too. It is fantastic for the skin, in evening out the skin tone and improving the complexion. Hence, it is terrific for lightening the skin and fading away any scars, marks, spots or blemishes. It contains tons of anti-oxidants and has strong anti-inflammatory properties which help in this purpose. It helps move the process of skin healing and regeneration along which helps clear it up from any dark spots, whatever their cause may be. Ultimately, it improves the skin's quality a lot and helps heal any issues with it including scarring and dark spots.

How to use it?:

People all over the country use it just by mixing it with water and using it as a paste for topical applications. So, of course, you can also do that on your dark spots regularly to fade them and ultimately get rid of them. Alternately, you can also use the following method to fade your dark spots away quicker and more effectively. That is because it involves another great ingredient for bleaching out the dark spots. And that is lemon. So, for this remedy, you are going to need some turmeric powder and lemon. Detailed instructions a written below.

  1. First of all, take a couple of teaspoons of turmeric powder in a bowl.
  2. Now, add some freshly squeezed lemon juice to it from half a lemon to make a nice and consistent paste.
  3. After that, apply the hence-obtained paste all over your face and dark spots.
  4. Lastly, leave it on your skin for about half an hour and then rinse it off using normal water. You are done! Follow this remedy every other day to get results in removing your dark spots.

#11. Flaxseed Oil

Not many people are aware of this ingredient for the benefits it holds for the skin. Flaxseed oil is amazing for the skin as it improves your skin a lot and adds a radiant shine and glow to it. It can do this because of the large amounts of vitamin E contains which is terrific and essential for the skin. Vitamin E promotes the blood circulation to the skin which is crucial for keeping the skin healthy and looking great too. 

How to use it?:

You will have to use flaxseed oil as a direct application. Just take some flaxseed oil and massage your face, where the dark spots are, with it. It will help fade the dark spots quite rapidly and you will see nice results pretty soon. Alternatively, you can also consume flax seed directly to imbue its beneficial effects for the skin. Just consume it in small quantity if you are going to do that.

#12. Neem

Neem is practically a medicine due to the tons and tons of benefits it provides for the body. It helps improve pretty much every aspect of your health and it can also be used in pretty much any way you can think of; from topical application to ingestion. It is really revered in India and it has been used there since Ancient times to take care of people's health and body and people still use it today. It is a sure sign that harmony between humans and nature can go a long way and there is a solution to our every problem just hidden in away in natural remedies. Every part of the neem tree can be utilized in some way to improve the state of the body and health. It's leaves have been used to prevent and heal acne for ages.

How to use it?:

Using neem leaves to treat dark spots caused due to acne is pretty straightforward and as you would expect. However, we are going to use a 2 ingredient face mask made using neem leaves to effectively blast the dark spots off your face. You will need some neem leaves along with some turmeric powder and gram flour to make this mask. Follow the upcoming steps to learn how to do make and use the neem face mask.

  1. First of all, take a bunch of neem leaves in a mortar and grind them up with a pestle.
  2. After that, take the paste in a mixing bowl and add some turmeric powder and gram flour to it.
  3. Then, mix the ingredients well together to make a paste. You can add a little bit of water to adjust the consistency if it's too dry.
  4. After that, apply the hence-obtained paste all over your face and dark spots.
  5. Lastly, leave the mask on your face until it dries off completely and then rinse it off using normal or lukewarm water. You are done! Use this remedy a few times in a week to get rid of dark spots in no time.

#13. Sandalwood

Sandalwood is a great ingredient for the skin with a heavenly smell which helps make it really desirable. But it does not just smell good but has tons of beneficial properties for the skin which include helping you get rid of the pesky dark spots. It is one of the best natural antiseptics and also acts as a fantastic anti-aging remedy for the skin. Hence, it can help heal the skin very well to remove any blemish or dark spots from it.

How to use it?:

Sandalwood, again, can be used in a variety of ways however we will detail a couple of methods here. First up is sandalwood face mask which is highly effective in getting rid of your dark spots. This face mask will involve multiple natural ingredients which are amazing in fading your dark spots away. Many of those ingredients are already on this list. For this upcoming face mask, you will need some sandalwood powder, glycerin, rose water, and some fresh lemon juice.

  1. First of all, take some sandalwood powder in a mixing bowl and add a little bit each of glycerin, rose water and freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  2. Then, combine all the ingredients together thoroughly to obtain a consistent paste.
  3. After that, apply the mask over your face where the dark spots are,
  4. Then, leave it on your skin until it dries off completely.
  5. Lastly, once it has dried, rinse it off completely using cold water. You are done! Use this homemade face mask every day to fade your dark spots into oblivion as quickly as possible.

Alternately, you can also use sandalwood oil which is available in the market to get rid of your dark spots. For that, you just have to massage some sandalwood oil onto your dark spots and then leave it on there overnight to get the best results.

#14. Papaya

Papaya is not just a delectable and juicy fruit but it also can work wonders for your skin. Papaya is full of beneficial nutrients and compounds which help improve the skin a lot by clearing any dark spots, blemishes, marks, scars, etc off of it. It is great for making your skin lighter, brighter and totally clear.

How to use it?:

To use papaya on the skin, you just need to apply its pulp directly to harness its skin clearing benefits. The detailed instructions on how to go about doing that are the following:

  1. Firstly, take one fresh papaya and cut it open by slicing it.
  2. After that, grate it meat to get sort of a mash or pulp.
  3. Then, apply this papaya pulp directly onto your dark spots.
  4. Lastly, leave it on your skin for about 20 minutes before rinsing it off using lukewarm water. You are done! You should use this remedy a couple of times in a day if you want to be done with your dark spots quickly.

#15. Castor Oil

This oil is another terrific remedy to fade the dark black or brown spots away from the skin. People use it on their skin because it has got effective healing and restorative properties for the skin. It is actually really great in fading dark spots and pigmentation as it is really nourishing and moisturizing to the skin. It helps even out your skin tone and pigmentation while also fading out any dark spots on there. Castor oil permeates into the skin very well to stimulate the regeneration and production of new skin cells and tissues which is instrumental in lightening and brightening your skin tone while also getting rid of any dark spots or any other blemishes from the skin. Overall, castor oil is a really effective and excellent oil for the skin to improve the complexion, fade dark spots or blemishes and nourishing and hydrating it very well.

How to use it?:

You can use castor oil quite simply, as you would any other skin oil. Follow the steps given below to get a detailed overview on how to go about doing that.

  1. Firstly, take a cotton ball and dip it in some castor oil.
  2. Now, dab the castor oil soaked cotton onto your dark spots.
  3. Follow this remedy a couple of times a day. Do it after you wake up in the morning and before going to bed in the night. Gently massage the dark spots and your skin with the oil and you are done!

This above-mentioned method uses only castor oil and is quite simple and straightforward as you can see. However, you can also make face masks with castor oil to get some enhanced effects in removing your dark spots. The following recipe is one such face mask which is made together with another effective dark spot reducing ingredient; lemon juice. Follow the steps given below to learn how to make and use it accurately.

  1. First of all, take a mixing bowl and take 1 tablespoon of castor oil in it.
  2. After that, add 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice and add that into the bowl.
  3. Then, mix the two together well to form a blend.
  4. After that, apply the face mask all over your dark spots and face.
  5. Lastly, leave the mask on for about 20 minutes and then rinse it off using normal water. You are done!

You can also use a similar mask using yogurt with castor oil. Use a tablespoon of each if you are going for that one.

Chemical Products which Reduce Dark Spots on the Skin caused by Pimples

We have learned about a bunch of different natural ingredients and remedies which we can use to fade the dark spots away from our skin. However, sometimes they may not work as quickly or effectively you may want them too. So, you might want to turn to the market products such as specialized creams and stuff which claim to reduce your dark spots quickly and for good. In this section, we will learn about some chemicals which should be present in the products you are getting if they are to be effective in removing your dark spots rapidly. First up in this list is:

Hydroquinone

The market is full of topical creams and products which claim to get rid of your dark spots quickly. Make sure if you are getting one, that it contains hydroquinone in it. It is a bleaching agent which is used in topical products as it is totally safe on the skin. This bleaching agent is really effective in the lightening of the skin and getting rid of any dark spots or similar blemishes effectively. If you can not find a topical cream with hydroquinone in it, you can also look for a product which contains Kojic acid in it. It is also a similar bleaching agent which is quite useful in getting rid of the dark spots.

Retinoid

Retinoid is another great compound which could remove your dark spots quickly and effectively. It is a man-made form of vitamin A which is actually quite powerful and effective. It promotes the regeneration and turnover of skin cells to a quick pace. As we know, this is instrumental in improving the skin while also fading any dark spots or any other blemishes on the skin as the old skin cells are eliminated a new skin layer is gradually revealed. All the old issues go away with the old skin. Retinoid has another great function which prevents the formation of dark spots in the first place, it checks the production of melanin in the skin cell. This melanin is the dark-colored pigment which is responsible for the completion of your skin and also the formation of dark spots and blemishes on the skin. So you will be able to get clear and bright skin free from any dark spots or blemishes with help from retinoid.

Although, there are a couple of things to remember when looking for products which contain retinoid. First of all, you won't be able to get retinoid directly from a pharmacy as you need a prescription for that. You can get an over the counter cream which contains retinol in it. Retinol is similar to retinoid but just much less potent. You will need to get a prescription from your doctor to get a type of retinoid cream but that is the way to go as those creams are much more powerful and effective than mere retinol creams. Retinoid are not really the name you will find, there are 3 different types of retinoid which will be the ingredients in the creams so look for these: Tretinoin, Tazarotene, or Adapalene.

Salicylic Acid

You must have heard of this one if you deal with acne on a regular or even semi-regular basis. It is an ingredient which is commonly used in acne treatments. However, it is not just good for that but it can also help get rid of your dark spots. Salicylic acid works by getting rid of the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin to allow the new skin cells below it to reveal themselves. Hence, it is quite effective in remedying any dark spots or other blemishes on the skin. It is a common ingredient in a bunch of acne busting creams and dark spot fading remedies too so you should not have much trouble finding this around.

Glycolic Acid

Here is another acid which can help you fade your dark spots. Glycolic acid is procured from sugar and is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid which is great for the skin. It is a potent exfoliator of the skin which removes the dead skin cells effectively to promote the growth and regeneration of brand new skin cells which are free from any dark pigmentation which is the root of dark spots. Many professionals would recommend a product containing at least 10% glycolic acid to effectively and rapidly remove the dark spots.

Other than all these topical chemical based options, you can also go for some medical treatments or procedures to remove your dark spots if they are too stubborn and you just want to be free of them at any cost. There are a few common treatments and procedures present which will help you get rid of the dark spots for good and the fastest way possible. Just know that these procedures will be much more costly than any other method you could opt for. But if you have got the funds and want to be done with the dark spots as quickly as possible you can go for these. Certainly, consult your dermatologist before going ahead with any procedure. Some treatments which you can go for are Chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and laser therapy.

Tips and Tricks for Preventing and Healing Dark Spots

In this section, we will detail some precautionary measure and other tips and tricks which will help you prevent and avoid dark spots on the skin which may occur due to a variety of different reasons. We will suggest some combination face masks which are natural and effective in treating dark spots and any other blemishes on the skin.

We sincerely hope that you find this post useful and it helps you get rid of the unsightly and pesky dark spots which have been plaguing your skin. We wish you all the best in this quest.


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