Get Rid of Dark Patches

Get Rid of Dark Patches

Last update: 15 May, 2015

Those irritating little dark patches can creep up on you. Is there anything you can do to get rid of them naturally? This article will give you some tips.

What you should know about dark patches

Before we delve into the methods you can use to combat dark spots, let’s first take a look at what they are. Dark spots develop as a result of changes in pigmentation and these can be due to factors such as sun exposure, genetics, liver conditions, pregnancy, antibiotic use and several other issues.

Moles, freckles or age spots are all considered to be forms of this condition.


You don’t have to embrace these patches if you don’t want to. We’re here to offer you some possible solutions with homemade recipes and natural remedies. Read on to learn about 5 effective, simple and accessible alternatives that will help you wave adieu to unwanted dark spots.

1. Naturally brightening lemon juice

Powerful lemon

It’s easy to take advantage of lemon’s astounding benefits. Just squeeze the juice from a fresh lemon and use some cotton wool to soak up the juice. Rub the lemon-soaked cotton gently and directly on your dark spots for a few minutes. Alternately, you can use a lemon mask to treat the affected areas. Leave it for 5 minutes. Lemon’s citric acid exfoliates your skin and removes dead cells that muddy your complexion. The result is a more closely matching skin tone.

NB: Don’t apply if you anticipate sun exposure.

2. Cutaneous aloe vera

Aloe vera juice
The most important effects that aloe causes on your skin are due to the amino acids, especially valine, phenylalanine, leucine, and lignin.

Extract aloe pulp from the fresh plant or buy a pure, prepared gel. Generously apply the aloe vera to your dark patches. Scrub gently until your skin has fully absorbed the gel and then let it rest for few minutes. Repeat this process daily. The exfoliating action of aloe vera will help lighten patches of dark on your skin.

3. Papaya’s papain

Fresh papaya
Helps exfoliate the skin to reveal new cells and has restorative properties that smooth the skin.

Make sure your papaya is ripe, then peel it. Use a piece of it to carefully scrub the affected area on your face. Let it rest on the skin for a few minutes, then rinse with cold water. This process can be safely repeated 3 or 4 times a week. Thanks to this fruit’s high levels of papain, dead skin cells will be eradicated – and, with them, any other remnants of dark spots.

4. Onions eliminate age spots

White onion
If your skin won’t tolerate lemon juice, apply fresh onion juice.

Choose a white onion and slice off a chunk. Spend about five minutes gently applying it to your darker patches. You can do this every day – and should, for good results. It’s an extremely effective method, most notably for its ability to reduce the spotting caused by age.

5. Bananas and lemon: the dream team for clarity

Ripe bananas
Bananas offer necessary calories. Not eating them deprives you of their benefits for your skin and digestive system.

Here’s a fruit that’s full of surprises. Bet you didn’t know how great bananas are for the skin – and lemons can amplify their benefits. This simple and effective method will have your skin glowing in no time. Just mix the juice of one or two lemons with peeled pieces of banana (or plantain). Then, mix these bits together until you get a sort of purée. Apply the resulting potion to your dark spots. You can do so daily. Soon enough, you’ll witness increased clarity and an even skin tone.

Will they work?

Providing that you’re consistent, the answer is a resounding ‘yes’! The efficacy of natural products depends on your commitment to properly follow the instructions and to apply the remedies regularly. Quality is key! Always use fresh ingredients and avoid prolonged exposure to the sun.

A word of caution!

These procedures should be done at night or in a darker room. Exposure to sun exacerbates the development of dark areas on the skin. It can make the skin sensitive and vulnerable – especially when it reacts with the natural products that are working to address the variations of tone in your skin. Exercise caution and common sense. Stay committed to routine and your dark spots will definitely begin to fade.