How To Remove Dark Spots On Your Face With Lemon Juice August 17, 2017

Exposure to the sun, harsh chemicals, and pollution can damage our skin and cause spots that might be difficult to get rid of. You might have tried many creams and lotions to lighten them, but your efforts seem to be going in vain. If you are on the lookout for a natural remedy to do away with these dark spots without drying up your face, try lemon juice. Would you like to know more? Keep reading.

Our skin produces a pigment called melanin that gives it its color. Under certain circumstances, this pigment is produced in excess, causing pigmentation and dark spots. The most common cause for this overproduction is exposure to harmful sunlight. Hormonal imbalance, vitamin/mineral deficiency, gastrointestinal disorders, and stress can also lead to the formation of dark spots.

While beauticians and cosmetologists suggest many products and treatments to get rid of these dark spots, it is always better to opt for natural remedies. The amazing thing about home remedies is that they do not cause any side effects and are inexpensive. Lemon juice is one such natural ingredient that can be used alone and in combination with other ingredients to successfully lighten your dark spots. Here is why lemon juice works well for dark spot removal.

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Is Lemon Juice Good For Removing Dark Spots?

Lemon juice has the same bleaching properties as other OTC products. Its natural acidity makes it work as an organic bleaching agent, which, with prolonged use, can slowly reduce dark brown spots. It works by breaking down the melanin pigmentation and also curbing its overproduction.

Lemon lightens and brightens the complexion and acts as an astringent and removes excess oils and dirt from the skin. This astringent effect tones the skin. It is also an antiseptic agent (1, 2).

Given below are the best home remedies using lemon juice that you can try if you are tormented by dark spots that refuse to go away.

How To Use Lemon Juice For Dark Spots On Face

  1. Baking Soda
  2. Turmeric
  3. Coconut Oil
  4. Apple Cider Vinegar
  5. Parsley
  6. Cucumber
  7. Olive Oil
  8. Yogurt
  9. Tomato

Lemon Juice For Dark Spots

1. Baking Soda And Lemon Juice For Dark Spots

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You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Lemon juice

What You Have To Do

  1. Add some lemon juice to the baking soda powder to get a paste.
  2. Mix slightly and apply this paste on the dark spots.
  3. Leave it on for 3-4 minutes and then wash your face.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every day.

Why This Works

Baking soda exfoliates the top, dead layer of the skin on the spots that has become pigmented and reveals the lighter skin present below it (3).

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2. Turmeric And Lemon Juice For Dark Spots

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You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon milk

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix everything to get a thin paste.
  2. Apply this paste as a pack on the affected area and let it dry for about 10 minutes.
  3. Wash your face with lukewarm water.

How Often You Should Do This

Use this pack twice or thrice a week.

Why This Works

Turmeric enhances the skin’s complexion and brightens it. You can easily make your skin spot-free with this remedy as this herb has depigmenting agents that even out the skin tone (4).

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3. Coconut Oil And Lemon Juice For Dark Spots

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You Will Need

  • 2-3 drops coconut oil
  • 2-3 drops lemon juice

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix both the ingredients and massage the affected area with this mixture.
  2. Let it sit for 20-25 minutes. You can either rinse it off with tepid water or use a soft napkin dipped in warm water to wipe it off.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this once every day.

Why This Works

The antioxidants present in coconut oil reduce the damage caused by sunlight and pollution and help in the easy shedding of dark, pigmented skin. Coconut oil also moisturizes the skin and hydrates it (5).

[ Read: Home Remedies To Cure Dark Spots On Your Skin ]

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4. Apple Cider Vinegar And Lemon Juice For Dark Spots

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You Will Need

  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Cotton ball

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix the vinegar and lemon juice with water.
  2. Dip the cotton ball in this liquid mixture and apply it on the dark spots.
  3. Leave it on for 8-10 minutes and then rinse it off.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this a few times every week until the dark spots fade away.

Why This Works

Apple cider vinegar contains mild acids that exfoliate the skin and lighten the pigmented areas ( 6 ). Different types of blemishes, such as dark spots, acne scars, and stretch marks, can be lightened with this remedy.

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5. Parsley And Lemon Juice For Dark Spots

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You Will Need

  • 1 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Cotton ball

What You Have To Do

  1. Add the chopped parsley in a teapot with the said amount of water. Boil for 15 minutes.
  2. Strain the infusion of parsley and add lemon juice to it.
  3. Let the liquid cool. Apply it on the dark spots using a cotton ball.
  4. Leave it on for around 30 minutes and then rinse with plain water.

Refrigerate the leftover parsley and lemon juice infusion.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply it daily on your face to lighten the brown or dark spots.

Why This Works

This remedy packs a double punch as parsley lightens the dark spots and evens out the skin tone, helping lemon in its dark spot lightening activity (7).

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6. Cucumber And Lemon Juice For Dark Spots

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You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon cucumber juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey

What You Have To Do

  1. Extract fresh cucumber juice and add lemon juice and honey to it. Mix well.
  2. Apply this mixture on the dark spots and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Wash it off with water.

How Often You Should Do This

This should be done once or twice a day to get quick results.

Why This Works

Cucumber acts as a mild bleaching agent that brightens and lightens the skin tone. It also rejuvenates the skin and gives it a youthful appearance (8).

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7. Olive Oil And Lemon Juice For Dark Spots

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You Will Need

  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix the oil with the lemon juice and apply on the dark spots.
  2. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse it off with water.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice a day.

Why This Works

While the lemon juice lightens the pigmented spots on your skin, olive oil moisturizes it with the fatty acids it contains (9).

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8. Yogurt And Lemon Juice For Dark Spots

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You Will Need

  • Lemon juice
  • Yogurt (plain)

What You Have To Do

  1. Apply lemon juice on the dark spots and let it dry.
  2. On top of the dried up lemon juice, apply yogurt to cover the dark spots.
  3. Leave the yogurt on for 10 minutes and then wash it off.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once daily, and you will see results in just a few days.

Why This Works

Applying yogurt on top of the lemon juice will help to cleanse the skin thoroughly with the natural enzymes found in yogurt. It also improves skin texture and balances the skin’s natural oil production (10).

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9. Tomato Juice And Lemon Juice For Dark Spots

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You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon tomato juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix the two juices and apply the mixture on the dark spots.
  2. Leave this on for 10 minutes.
  3. Rinse it off with water.
  4. Pat dry and apply a suitable moisturizer.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once daily.

Why This Works

The active compounds found in tomato juice exert an anti-tyrosinase activity, which means that they inhibit melanin production (11). Tomato also contains antioxidants like lycopene and beta-carotene that protect the skin from sun damage (12).

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These were the multiple ways in which you could use lemon juice for your dark spots. Always use fresh lemon juice on your skin. The bottled versions contain preservatives that can damage or irritate your skin. Also, the citric acid in lemon juice can make your skin sensitive to UV rays. So, you must avoid going out directly in the sun immediately after applying the lemon juice pack or juice. Keep these simple pointers in mind and go ahead with your in-house treatment for dark spots using lemon juice.

Have you ever tried lemon juice for dark spots removal before? How has it helped you? Do give us your feedback by commenting in the box below.

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  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Shalini, to flaunt a glowing skin, especially when you have an oily skin, always follow a good skin care regime and this includes cleansing, toning and moisturizing on a daily basis. Go for a face scrub and face pack that will give your face that extra instant glow and charm. You can apply them twice in a week. One such face scrub and face pack is: Oatmeal and cinnamon scrub and Multani mitti (fuller earth) face pack. For more detailed explanation and remedies, check the article given below:
    http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/simple-home-remedies-for-glowing-skin/

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    Dear Anjali, there can be various reasons behind the appearance of brown flaky marks on the skin. Some of them are: sunburn or another kind of burn, infections, allergy or rashes, hormonal changes, birthmarks or skin cancer. Many skin changes are harmless. Some, such as a small infection, require only simple treatment. You should see your doctor if you have any lasting changes in your skin color. To get rid of pimples, always keep your skin clean, follow a routine of CTM before going to bed and eat a nutritious diet.

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    Hi Ammu, some of the tips to reduce the dark spots are:
    1. Exfoliate your skin regularly – Find an exfoliating cleanser that contains tiny particles that gently scrub the skin to take off the top layer. You can also make your own by mixing ground raw almonds or ground oatmeal into your regular cleanser. Apply it to the dark spots in a circular motion.
    2. Consider a chemical peel – Light chemical peels usually include alpha-hydroxy acids. Glycolic acid and lactic acid are common ingredients. They’re considered the most effective peels for dark spots.
    3. Up your intake of vitamin E – Add these foods to your diet to get more Vitamin E power: nuts (almonds, peanuts, pine nuts), sunflower seeds, wheat germ oil, and dried apricots. Massage pure Vitamin E oil directly onto your dark spots. With daily application, your spots will fade.
    4. Aloe vera – If you have an aloe plant at home, break off a small piece, squeeze the pulp into your hand and apply it directly to your dark spots. You can also find aloe gel in stores.
    Hope these tips help you and you turn out to be the glowing bride..all the best!!