10 Effective Homemade Face Packs To Treat Dark Spots July 7, 2017

Dark spots on the face can be annoying! There is enough drama in our lives already and having to deal with the stress of hiding the unsightly spots on the face is not an apt situation at all. But like they say every problem has a solution, and here we are yet again with natural remedies that are safe and effective too. In this article, we tell you how to tackle dark spots with simple face packs. Curious much? Keep reading to know more.

It saddens our heart and worries us deeply to see those ugly spots creep up on our face. Dark spots caused due to hyper-pigmentation, generally occur during one’s middle age. Skin traumas such as acne, pimples, blackheads, etc. are some of the other common problems that leave dark marks on your skin.

Don’t even think about running to a dermatologist to get rid of your dark spots. You can easily treat dark spots at home by applying one of the following face packs. They are all easy to make and hassle-free.

Homemade Face Packs To Treat Dark Spots

  1. Lemon Face Pack
  2. Sandalwood Face Pack
  3. Onion And Garlic Face Pack
  4. Milk And Honey Face Pack
  5. Aloe Vera Face Pack
  6. Neem Face Pack For Dark Spots
  7. Potato Face Pack For Dark Spots
  8. Besan Face Pack For Dark Spots
  9. Papaya Face Pack For Dark Spots
  10. Turmeric Face Pack For Dark Spots

1. Lemon Face Pack For Dark Spots

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You Will Need
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Squeeze out the juice from the lemon and add honey to it. Mix them together.
  2. Apply this all over your face and leave it on for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Then, wash it off with lukewarm water followed by splashing your face with cold water.
  4.  Gently pat your skin dry using a towel and then moisturize.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this once every day.

Why This Works

When applied topically, citric acid present in lemon helps to lighten the dark spots with its bleaching properties. Lemon also helps to unclog pores and shrink them (1). Honey in this face pack will help to keep the skin moisturized as it is an emollient. It also has healing properties (2).

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2. Sandalwood Face Pack For Dark Spots

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You Will Need
  • 1-2 tablespoons sandalwood powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon glycerin
  • Rose water
What You Have To Do
  1. Make a fine paste of the sandalwood powder, lemon juice, and glycerin. Add rose water to adjust the consistency of the paste.
  2. Apply the paste all over your face and specifically on the dark spots. Leave on for a few minutes.
  3. After it dries, wash off with lukewarm water and then moisturize the skin.
How Often You Should Do This

Use this face pack 2-3 times a week. If you have dry skin, repeat it not more than twice a week.

Why This Works

Sandalwood is known for its skin care properties. It reduces dark spots and blemishes by improving circulation. This also gives the skin a beautiful glow (3). Glycerin will keep the skin hydrated while the rose water will help the sandalwood powder in enhancing the complexion (4, 5).

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3. Onion and Garlic Face Pack For Dark Spots

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You Will Need
  • An onion slice
  • 1 garlic clove
What You Have To Do
  1. Grind the onion and garlic together.
  2. Apply the paste on your dark spots and leave it on for about 15 minutes.
  3. Then, rinse till the smell wears off and apply a moisturizer.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this once every day.

Why This Works

To get rid of dark spots, you should definitely give this paste a try. Garlic improves the blood circulation and onion works wonders in removing the scars and marks from your skin (6, 7). These properties work together to reduce dark spots.

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4. Milk And Honey Face Pack For Dark Spots

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the ingredients together and apply on the dark spots. You can also apply this all over your face.
  2. Keep the mixture on for 15 minutes and then wash it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Apply this once a day, either before taking a shower or before going to bed.

Why This Works

Milk has skin-lightening effect while honey is known for its moisturizing properties (8). If you use this face pack on a regular basis, you will not only get rid of those dark spots but will also have clear, glowing, and younger-looking skin. It will help you uncover the beautiful you!

[ Read: Simple Face Packs For Tanned Skin ]

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5. Aloe Vera Face Pack For Dark Spots

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You Will Need
  • Fresh aloe vera gel
  • Few drops of rose water
What You Have To Do
  1. Extract fresh aloe gel from a leaf. Take enough to cover your entire face in a separate bowl and add the rose water to this. Mix well.
  2. Apply this all over the face and let it dry for about 15 minutes.
  3. Before washing, massage for 2-3 minutes and then wash it off.

This pack can also be used as a fairness pack!

How Often You Should Do This

It is best if this face pack is used 3-4 times a week. It can also be used every day.

Why This Works

Aloe vera has abundant medicinal values and possesses a number of healing properties. It works wonders for the removal of dark spots as it contains aloesin, which inhibits the over-production of melanin (9).

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6. Neem Face Pack For Dark Spots

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You Will Need
  • 2 teaspoons neem powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the ingredients together and keep the mixture in the fridge for a couple of minutes.
  2. Apply the cool face pack on the entire face.
  3. Let it dry for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Rinse it off with lukewarm water.
How Often You Should Do This

Apply this face pack twice a week.

Why This Works

Because of the antiseptic properties of neem, it is very effective in removing dark spots, especially those caused by acne (10).

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7. Potato Face Pack For Dark Spots

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You Will Need
  • 1/2 potato
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon milk powder (optional)
What You Have To Do
  1. Peel and grate the potato. Add the lemon juice and milk powder, and mix well.
  2. Apply this on the face and let it be for about 15 minutes.
  3. Wash off the pack with water.
  4. Pat the skin dry and use a moisturizer.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every alternate day.

Why This Works

Potatoes being natural skin bleaching agents lighten the dark spots and blemishes and brightens your complexion (11). Lemon juice helps in quickening the lightening process.

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8. Besan Face Pack For Dark Spots

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon besan (gram flour)
  • 1 teaspoon tomato pulp
  • 2 teaspoons aloe vera gel
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix all the ingredients together and apply the face pack.
  2. Let it dry naturally.
  3. Once dried, rinse it off with water.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice a week.

Why This Works

Gram flour cleanses the skin and removes the dead cells that have accumulated on the dark spots (12). The tomato pulp and aloe vera gel then work on lightening the dark spots. Besan face packs are often used to enhance the complexion and give a natural glow.

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9. Papaya Face Pack For Dark Spots

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You Will Need
  • 1/4 cup ripe papaya
  • 2 tablespoons green tea water
What You Have To Do
  1. Mash the papaya pulp and mix it along with the green tea.
  2. Apply this on the affected skin and let it sit for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Rinse it off with cool water.

For better results, steam your face before applying the face pack.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this 2-3 times a week.

Why This Works

The enzymes present in papaya exfoliate the skin and make it brighter (13). When used on the dark spots, they are lightened to a great extent with this face pack. Green tea helps in relieving some of the oxidative stress from the skin that may be an underlying cause for the dark spot formation (14). This prevents dark spots from forming further.

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10. Turmeric Face Pack For Dark Spots

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You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons multani mitti (or any cosmetic clay)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons rose water
What You Have To Do
  1. Take the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Add more rose water if required.
  2. Apply this mask evenly on the face and neck.
  3. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes or until it dries completely.
  4. Wash it off with cool water.
How Often You Should Do This

Use this face pack/mask once every 4-5 days.

Why This Works

While the cosmetic clay absorbs all the impurities from your skin, the turmeric in the face pack will even out your skin tone. This means that it will also lighten the dark spots and other areas where there is hyper-pigmentation. Turmeric and honey are also rich in antioxidants (15, 16, 17). Your skin will feel rejuvenated and soft after using this face pack.

Caution

Do not use the turmeric powder from your kitchen. Use turmeric meant for face packs and masks available in the market.

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Do not let the dark spots ruin your mood. Try these face packs and bid goodbye to them. Along with remedies, it is important to take good care of your skin while stepping out in the sun. Use a sunscreen with good SPF and cover your face with a scarf to prevent damage from the sun and pollutants.

Have you tried any natural remedies to treat dark spots? Do let us know which is your favorite homemade face pack for dark spots. We would love to hear from you. share your experience with us in the comments below.

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