Natural Ways To Get Rid of Dark Spots On The Skin
Dark spots or Hyperpigmentation on the skin can appear at any age between 20 to 40 but even later than that.
There can be different reasons for their appearance with the most common being exposure to the UV rays.
In my case, it first appeared on the skin area above my upper lip and some years later in the form of small brown spots on the hand.
If I leave them untreated, they become more as well as bigger in size.
In this case, keep in mind that the sooner you try to remove dark spots, the better, so prevention can prove very helpful here.
Before talking about some effective natural ways to get rid of dark spots on the skin, let’s find out more about the causes of sun spots (also called brown spots and in some cases age spots.)
What Causes Dark Spots On The Face And Skin?
Nowadays, it seems that more and more people complain about getting dark spots on their skin compared to the past, so why is this happening?
The Sun rays have obviously become more dangerous and although we are now more conscious about its damaging effects to our skin, the years that have passed exposing our skin to the sun without protection have already done some skin damage.
The UV rays are thought to be the number one suspect for brown spots. Other causes include lack of adequate sun protection, overexposure to the sun, contraceptive pills or other types of medicine, but also bad diet and irritating skincare products which can accelerate inflammation and make our skin more vulnerable to hyperpigmentation.
How To Prevent Dark Spots
Dermatologists recommend that we should wear sunscreen even in the winter. Sensitive types of skin are also vulnerable to pigmentation problems, so they need skin care that is protective enough and at the same time non irritating.
A general tip! If you want to prevent brown spots, you should start taking care of your skin at a young age, have a balanced diet and a healthy way of living.
Over The Counter Ingredients For Hyperpigmentation Healing
You might have heard that Hydroquinone has been an effective hyperpigmentation treatment for many years now. This is a whitening agent that is produced synthetically.
It has been accused for irritating effects and has been proven to be toxic when used in high concentrations. That is why it has been banned in OTC Cosmetic Products in Europe.
If you are looking for some natural ingredients to prevent and get rid of dark spots on your skin, here’s a list of good ingredients to look for in skincare products.
I have included Vitamin C first in my list because this is what I have been using for my hand dark spots but also face with very positive results.
In specific, I use a vitamin C serum both for my hands and face. With daily use, the brown spots can disappear and constant use of the serum prevents new ones from appearing.
It takes more time for bigger sized spots or darker in color to disappear, so you need to have some patience.
Vitamin C serums take a bit of time but if they contain an adequate amount of Vitamin C and you keep on using them every day, you will experience positive results.
For more information, you can read our article on some top reviewed vitamin C serums. The serum I used in the first place was OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum. Since then, I have used a lot more vitamin C serums for various reasons and one of them is preventing new dark spots from appearn¡ing and controlling the size of one or two I still have.
Due to their ability to exfoliate effectively and accelerate new skin cells production, Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) contribute to the removal of the accumulated melanin from the surface of the skin.
When they are combined with whitening or brightening serums, they promote deeper penetration of the ingredients into the skin and make the latter more effective.
For a best awarded organic AHA mask specialized for sensitive skin, you can have a look at our Pai AHA Mask Review.
Licorice contains an acid that protects the skin from the excessive accumulation of melanin and therefore the creation of brown spots.
Fruits and vegetables contain enzymes that have exfoliating and brightening effects. That’s why they are so popular in DIY skincare masks and exfoliating scrubs.
Also in the skincare products that we buy, fruit enzymes are widely used to faint dark spots and make skin brighter.
The second most effective ingredient after Hydroquinone is kojic acid, a natural ingredient that comes from various species of mushrooms. It disrupts melanin and prevents its production.
For a good quality Kojic and Hyaluronic Acid Serum, you can read our HYKO Brightening Serum Review.
Retinol is probably the most popular anti aging ingredient in the skincare industry today but did you know that it is also effective in the treatment of hyperpigmentation?
With the ability it has to accelerate skin cells renewal, it stops dark spots at their early stage of forming and prevents them from developing.
The extract of Soy can be used as a mild whitening ingredient that protects the skin from discolorations. You can often find it combined with Kojic Acid and AHAs.
Arbutin is an alternative mild and non toxic form of Hydroquinone which can be found in pear juice as well as the leaf extracts of raspberries and arbutus. It is said to reduce melanin production.
In conclusion, if you are looking for natural ways to get rid of dark spots on the skin, the above tips and natural ingredients can help you deal with hyperpigmentation in a safe and effective way.