People having dark spots often look aged and feel self-conscious while interacting with people in a group. These spots develop due to over production of melanin on the skin.

Factors that trigger excess melanin production include sun exposure, vitamin deficiencies, hormonal changes and stress.

They can develop on face, shoulders, chest, buttocks and other parts of the body. (Dark spots are also called as age spots, sun spots, liver spots, black spots and brown spots).

Though they don’t pose any health risk, they can lead to lack of self-esteem. Instead of resorting on chemical peels or laser surgeries, you can try natural DIY remedies to lighten them without any side effects.

Wondering what they can be then read the below to uncover the treatment methods to get rid of dark spots.

Home Remedies to Get Rid of Dark Spots or Black Spots:

Onion Juice

Onions are one of the effective and easy remedies to remove brown or age spots on the skin. Its acidic nature and bleaching property fades the spots. It restricts excess collagen production which leads to scars.

You can rub onion slice or onion juice on the spots and rinse off the application after it dries completely. Or else you can follow the process mentioned below.

Process 1: with Honey

  • Combine 1 tablespoon of onion juice and 2 tablespoons of honey.
  • Mix well and apply the mixture on the affected areas.
  • Leave it on for 15 – 20 minutes before rinsing off with water.
  • Repeat the process once in a day.

Process 2: with Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Combine equal amounts of onion juice and apple cider vinegar.
  • Using a cotton ball, apply the solution on the spots.
  • Leave it on for 30 minutes and rinse off with water.
  • Repeat the process daily for 6 – 9 weeks to lighten the spots.

Butter Milk

The lactic acid present in buttermilk lightens the pigmentation, freckles, blemishes, brown spots and acne spots. It leaves your skin refreshed and lighter.

  • Soak a cotton ball in buttermilk and wring out the excess.
  • Apply it on the affected areas.
  • Leave it on for 10 – 15 minutes and rinse off with water.
  • Repeat the process few times in a day.

Note: If you have acne prone skin, then you can add lemon juice into butter milk for added benefits. If you have sensitive skin, then you can combine 4 teaspoons of buttermilk and 2 teaspoons of tomato juice and follow the same process.

Red Currant

As red currant is rich in antioxidants, it helps to fight against the brown, sun or age spots. Its healing properties repair the damaged skin. It also protects the skin against harmful UV rays and other free radicals that worsen the spots.

Process 1:

  • Blend an unripe red currant into a smooth paste.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of honey and mix well.
  • Apply the mixture on the skin and leave it on for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
  • Now, dilute some lemon juice in rosewater and apply it on the spots.


Lemons contain skin bleaching properties which lighten the dark spots or black spots. The citric acid reduces the melanin production and exfoliates the dead skin cells. This method is effective in removing dark spots in any part of the body like face, shoulders, buttocks and chest.

Rub a lemon slice or lemon juice on the spots and leave it on to dry completely before rinsing off. Or else you can follow any method mentioned below.

Process 1: Lemon and Sugar Scrub

  • Combine 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  • Apply the mixture on the spots and gently massage in circular motions.
  • Leave it on for 20 – 30 minutes.
  • Rinse off with water and pat dry.
  • Repeat the process 2 – 3 times in a week.

Process 2: Lemon Juice and Turmeric Mask

  • Combine 3 teaspoons of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder.
  • Mix well and apply it on the brown spots.
  • Leave it on to dry for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse off with water and pat dry.
  • Repeat this DIY mask daily until the spots lighten.
  • For added benefits, you can add parsley paste into the mixture.

Alternatively: You can use tomato juice instead of turmeric powder.

Process 3: Lemon Juice and Mashed Potatoes Pack

  • Combine 1 mashed potato, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, small amount of honey and milk.
  • Mix well and apply the paste on the affected areas.
  • Leave it on for few minutes or until it completely dries.
  • Rinse off with water and pat dry.
  • Repeat the process 3 times in a week.

Note: Make sure to avoid sun exposure until 6 hours after following the treatment as lemon juice can make the skin photo-sensitive. For people with sensitive skin, lemon juice can cause irritation and burning sensation. If so, then you can follow any other mentioned below.


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