My experience with Dark Spots has been pretty bad. Every acne that I had (and I used to have a lot of them) would leave a dark spot in its memory (it’s not funny!) and I had no idea how to get rid of them.
Things changed when I started using different home remedies and products to get rid of dark spots. Now I know what to do and thought to share the information with you all.
So if you are one of them who are struggling hard with acne and black spots on face, you have come to the right space.
To help you deal with this problem, I have created this short but useful guide on how to get rid of dark spots on the face.
Most men don’t know that wrinkles, acne, and pimples tend to make people look older than they actually are. This is particularly true if you decide to pop or squeeze them, which will eventually lead to dark spots creeping up all over your face.
Luckily, there are several home remedies, cosmetic procedures, and topical products men can use to permanently remove or effectively fade dark spots.
But before we get in to “how to get rid of dark spots” mode, let’s understand what causes them in the first place because as we all know, “Precaution is better than Cure”.
What Causes Dark Spots?
1. Sun Damage
Otherwise referred to as Solar Lentigo, sun damage is the leading cause of freckles, liver spots, and dark spots among teens and men (women have learned to be careful about it).
Have you ever gone out in the Sun without applying a cream with SPF?
I’m sure, you did. We men, don’t really care about all that much, right?
When you expose yourself to UVA or UVB rays – either by using tanning beds or directly from the sun – your collagen will break down and your skin will produce melanin in excess. This will cause hyper-pigmentation and discoloration, leading to dark spots.
You may also get dark spots due to this condition. Melasma is characterized by gray-brown and brown patches on the skin and maybe as a result of sun damage.
3. Post-Inflammatory Hyper-pigmentation
PIH is also referred to as acne scarring. It happens when your acne heals and causes hyper-pigmentation and dark spots. This may also be as a result of popping or picking your pimples. Please do not ever do that.
What Factors Make You Prone to Dark Spots?
Patches, dark spots and any other mark may occur when the skin secretes melanin excessively.
Some factors that lead to this condition may also include stress, lack of sleep, vitamin deficiency, using certain medications, hormonal imbalance, and overexposing yourself to the sun.
Are you getting enough sleep?
Which Skin Type is Most Prone?
People with all skin types can develop dark spots. However, those with oily and sensitive skins are more prone to the condition in comparison to people with dry and/or normal skin.
This is because these skin types easily break out with pimples and acne due to excessive sebum production and increased sensitivity to the sun.
How to Avoid Getting Dark Spots?
So, how do you prevent dark spots?
Since sun damage is one of the leading causes of the condition, you should ensure that you protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays.
Other tips for preventing the condition include:
- Staying in the shade as much as you can.
- Steering clear of tanning beds.
- Wearing a sunscreen that has a minimum SPF 30 when out in Sun.
- Wearing protective clothing and gear, such as sunglasses and hats, to minimize sun contact.
Home-Made Remedies to Get Rid Of Dark Spots
Since patches and spots on the face tend to be embarrassing, you should try a few home remedies to get rid of them. The ingredients are easily available in the Kitchen and they won’t harm your skin.
Consider the following:
1. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice has acid that will bleach the dark spots and reduce your discoloration. Squeeze the juice out of a lemon, dip a cotton ball in the juice and apply it directly to your dark spots twice a day.
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera, on the other hand, contains vitamins E, C, and A – all of which are effective at making your skin tone more even and reducing brown spots. You can mix Lemon Juice and Aloe Vera in a bowl and apply it on the face using a cotton ball.
3. Buttermilk or Yogurt
Both of these substances contain lactic acid, which can exfoliate and lighten the skin. Soak a cotton ball in buttermilk and dab it directly on your dark spots.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
This ingredient contains alpha hydroxy acid that is effective at getting rid of dead skin cells. Apple cider vinegar is also rich in minerals and vitamins, which will heal and brighten your skin.
Soak a cotton ball in the vinegar, and apply it to dark spots a few times a week for several minutes before rinsing with water for noticeable results.
Chemicals to Remove Dark Spots
Apart from the home remedies listed above, you can also get products to get rid of acne and dark spots. As you shop, consider looking for particular ingredients in the men’s skincare products you buy.
The best ingredients for treating dark spots include:
If possible, get a topical treatment that contains hydroquinone. On the biological level, it will inhibit the tyrosinase enzyme, which helps the skin produce melanin. The less tyrosinase is created, the less your skin will produce melanin, and the fewer dark spots you will have.
This artificial vitamin A will encourage your cells to turnover rapidly and eliminate dark spots. It also blocks free radicals so that they do damage your skin, and lead to dull complexion or wrinkles.
3. Salicylic Acid
Salicylic acid is both effective against acne and dark spots. This ingredient will lighten your skin, and in the process, help fight dark sports. The compound also helps with hyper pigmentation – particularly for men with darker skin tones.
4. Glycolic Acid
This alpha hydroxy acid is a natural exfoliator and will slough off dead skin and promote new skin cell growth. Over time, using this acidic treatment will stimulate the production of collagen, enhance cellular turnover, and eventually reduce the dark spots.
Overall, there are many treatments for dark spots, men and adolescent boys can use.
As long as you keep away from the sun to avoid skin damage, use a couple of home remedies, and reach out for topical treatments as a last resort, you should be able to clear your skin of any dark unsightly spots.
What Home Remedies and Products You Use to Get Rid of Dark Spots? Put them down.
Ask questions in the comments below.