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Getting Rid Of Dark Spots on Your Skin

Updated on August 17, 2007
Acne Can Cause Dark Spots on Your Skin
Acne Can Cause Dark Spots on Your Skin

Need help getting rid of dark spots on your skin? People want a smooth, clear and even complexion. Naturally, nobody wants their skin to be synonymous with a Dalmatian…unless they are trying to set a new trend on that, which I very much doubt would work. Luckily, there are treatments available to help with dark spots on the skin.

The sad truth is, even with regular cleansing, some people still develop dark spots -- also called hyper-pigmentation by dermatologists. Hyper-pigmentation is characterized by pockets of discolored skin that remain even after pimples or skin bumps have disappeared. It can be caused by many internal or external factors. Among internal factors, it can be caused by certain illness such as Edison's disease and some hepatic problems. If someone is taking too much iron, for instance, it can cause darker areas on the skin. Hormonal changes during pregnancy or menopause also can play a role in discolored skin. The deficit of certain vitamins and minerals such as calcium and vitamins A, E and B also can cause hyper-pigmentation.

Another common culprit is the increase in melanin that occurs after skin is inflamed or irritated, or too much exposure to the sun. People with darker skin tones such as South Asians and Latinos are more likely to face this kind of problem.

While persistent dark spots can be remedied at home, health experts advise people to first check with a dermatologist to make sure that the spot is harmless and can be left alone. After making sure it's benign, there are some simple ways to effectively eliminate dark spots in your skin. For some, simply applying creams and sun block might work. For others, they might require skin peelings. No matter what, it is best to consult with your dermatologists.

Need help with dark spots on your skin?

We've reviewed some of the more popular skin lighteners on the market to try to get past the hype. Read our reviews to learn which ones worked and which ones did more harm than good.

Here are simple tips on how to get rid of those persistent dark spots.

  1. Use sunscreen daily with SPF 15 or higher. It is always wise to block the sun that darkens and harms the skin. This will also minimize your risk of acquiring skin cancer.
  2. Do not pick your pimples or zits since it can result in permanent scarring.
  3. Pick up a product that contains mild hydroquinone since it is the main ingredient in most skin bleaches. If you cannot tolerate hydroquinone, try other skin brighteners. Hydroquinone is usually used with glycolic acid and tretinoin.

Always remember that skin bleaching is not instant. It may take you three months to a year to fade the darkened skin depending on your skin tone. Moreover, try not to abuse your skin. If you have persistent skin problems like acne that leave scars, treat them immediately and stop the cycle.

Also remember that prevention is always better than cure.

Are you ready to get rid of the dark spots on your skin?

Did you know that some over-the-counter skin lighteners can actually darken certain skin? We've reviewed the popular dark spot skin creams and learned which ones worked and which ones didn't. Read our reviews to learn which ones actually do more harm than good.

©2007 CBAffiliate -- Getting Rid of Dark Spots on Your Skin

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      Ankita 23 months ago

      I have big dark marks on my leg and because of mark my legs look so ugly when i see my leg i feel so sad. Such type of marks also on my face so what i do for it give me some idea plz plz plz

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      nombuso 2 years ago

      I have dark marks on my legs what shoud I use?

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      Nu 3 years ago

      i have black mark on my cheek. how can i remove it?

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      ruth 3 years ago

      I'm from have small small dark spot on my face and body don't no what to do

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      poo 3 years ago

      hi mam y age 28 marride my problem is black acne plese give me a best solucsion

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      mahi 4 years ago

      in my thigh black dots are in what do

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      Dorothy Nissi 4 years ago

      I am an African American women that suffers from dark spots after my break outs. Citrus Clear works wonders for my face. After using the Citrus Clear Face Wash for a month I can defintely say I have seen improvement my dark spots are fading and now I am less reliant on make-up.

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      Alana 4 years ago

      It doesn't work

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      Shelly 4 years ago

      This stuff really works.

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      tt 5 years ago

      Hi I got dark spots all over mah face help me to remove them plz .

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      bertha 5 years ago

      pls help me i have black spots on my legs from insect bites and cus of dat i cant wear short cloths always in long things.pls help me.

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      dd 5 years ago

      best way to remove dark spots ????

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      Robert 5 years ago

      I got dark spots on m stomach and my back and I really need help.

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      lara 5 years ago

      Its better to have a chemical peel...really it works wonders..trust me..u surely will have a healthy skin.

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      riya 5 years ago

      my skin is very dry and it holds the spots of insect bites,mosquitoes etc..and i want a snooth,clear shin...plz help

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      Michael Dent 5 years ago

      Dermacure worked wonders for my skin imperfections.

      i thought your readers would want to know.

      its guaranteed to work in 5 days.

      i believe their website is brandnewskin.org

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      Shereline 5 years ago

      I have spots that's dried up and is tough to take off how do I get rid of them ~_______~

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      pandagal 5 years ago

      I can very well understand from my own dark days 4 years back. Acne Scars can be real messy when it comes to your facial look and other people's stark remarks. I tried many creams for scars, oil based and chemical based but i should say it really detoriated the problem. Maybe my skin was very sensitive and the dark scars became more serious.

      That was when my neighbor referred the Invicible Scar Treatment Cream . I was a little finicky in the beginning but in two weeks the scar marks started really fading.

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      montu 5 years ago

      hi

      I have lot of pimples and acne and there dark spots on my face i feel bad when i m looking in the mirror so, plz tell me how i remove that and pimples free face to be see in the mirror plz help me for that.........

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      John 5 years ago

      I am having a huge brown spot on my face that makes me ugly and also it decreases my confidence plzzzzzz tell me how could i get rid from this spot naturally from vegetables or fruits

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      ashna 5 years ago

      i'm so worried about these many stops on my face,nothing is working...........

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      didi 5 years ago

      hallo i have a very large dark spot on my,have been trying for some time now to get rid of it to no avail,i guess nothing has change,help please! what can i do to get it off?i really really need to be free from this bondage pls.

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      Getrude 5 years ago

      Im a south african citizen,im having dark spots which luk permanent left by acne.i tried ponds cmplxn,brown polish and doesn't sims to work pls help me pls pls

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      time to be beautiful.. 5 years ago

      Tooth paste also works thank u so much jasey it really works...

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      jasey 5 years ago

      Hi everyone i hav dark spot 2 becuz from acne so i had read all the problems and i know how to solve it to get rid of dark spot is 1st put tooth paste on da dark spot and wait up to 30 minutes and wash it wala no more dark spot good luk

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      Pritz 5 years ago

      Hi i have dark spots and kinda burned skin around pubic area and . i need to completely get rid of this please help . need home remedies ...

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      olu 5 years ago

      hello, i am an african newly residing in the uk, by reason of the change in the weather i developed a harsh breakout particulary on my forehead and afterwards the scars have remained. I am black so i have refused to use any spot remover to avoiding being fair. this led me to the research for a solution via the internet, how can u help?

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      BEST IDEA 5 years ago

      Pls use termaric with lemon.. apply it on ur face .. in a month grt diffrence wil be ther

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      Anita sharma 5 years ago

      My age is twenty five yrs,whem i m twelve yrs then i was fell down on stair case.on the left side of my face,a dark spot appear on it.so pls tell me wat i can do?

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      tecla 5 years ago

      i have black spots and i tired everything i tired proactive but they said it's don't work for people in the caribbean plzz help me

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      juan rangel 5 years ago

      I have these dark patches on my face over my eyebrows and on the side of my cheeks ,I've tried many things to get rid of them ,but it seems there getting worst is there a real way to get rid of them please let me know .

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      Jone 5 years ago

      I have many dark sports in my face i want to remov them in home but how?

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      dan 5 years ago

      pls i hav black spot on cheek pls help me get rid of it

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      Ajay 5 years ago

      I have many dark spots on my face. What can I do ? Please help me. The darkspots is due to chicken pox. Plz plz plz help me.

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      Helpless 5 years ago

      Man i am so desperate to find out how can i get ride of black spots on my body plz help me

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      vickilynn 5 years ago

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      cma.m.sharma 6 years ago

      i use to apply chandan daily on my face when i stopped i got pimples my skin was good..i used unbranded cream n i have marks on my face.getting married in december..nothing helping..external prob then to

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      SELENA 6 years ago

      THE BEST THING TO GET RID OFF SPOTS IS RETINO AND MELA CARE IT WILL HELP UALL PLZ TRY AND LEMON JUICE IS THE BEST TRY IT

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      cma.m.sharma 6 years ago

      can any1 guide me for dark spot

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      cma.m.sharma 6 years ago

      hello

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      Safiya 6 years ago

      DON'T PUT TOOTHPASTE ON! It will leave a dark spot after it getz ridd ov your spots, Toothpaste Burns your spots...so if u use it Your spots will go but it will leave a visible dark mark in your spotz place....hope this helpz

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      Samantha 6 years ago

      Well i have a blak neck & don't like it at all , does anybody know how you could take it out . It's really embarrsing because you cant wear no tank tops , because you feel like if people are watching your neck , i only wear polo shirts , help ?

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      ledi 6 years ago

      i have embaracing dark spots on ma arms and legs and somehow itching plsssssssssssss plssssssssssss help

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      chun222 6 years ago

      how to get rid of jock itch? it is already cured but the dark spots remained. i cannot wear shorts because of this. can you help me?

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      chun222 6 years ago

      I have dark spots on my legs and sometimes its itchy. It is above the knee. I think it because sometimes i sweat too hard and the skin is irritated. i tried to put whitening cream but it doesn't work. I cant wear shorts as of know cause it is really disgusting to look. How can i remove this very fast, for about 1 week or two? :( HELP ME PLEASE. THANKS A LOT.

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      HARSIT 6 years ago

      The Best Way to remove Dark Spots is don't use hair oil in your hair, don't use any type of face cream, .. Just leave It..Don't Touch it... Garnier Men Face wash is the best face wash.. Use It and Use cold water for ur face.

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      spotfree 6 years ago

      I've been using witch hazel toner (Dickenson's) for a week now. It's clearing up my acne and my dark spot areas are peeling off and fading faster. I am impressed by the texture of my skin and it is improving day by day. Google witch hazel and read other's comments on how this natural product works on their skin. It's amazing and it's been out there for years! Also, I've found that from having problem skin all 30+ years that there are benefits to all products out there but not all are for daily use even those marketed as "daily" cleanser/moisturizer. Mix up the products that you use according to your skin's needs. Another trick to get rid of dark spots is I use a ceramic nail file. GENTLY buff daily or every other day.

      You will notice faster improvements.

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      vandana 6 years ago

      Hi.I have lots of dark spots on my face.I have tried many creams for hyperpigmention but it has not disappeared.lemon juice,facial scrub and facial mask did not make any difference.PLZ HELP ME

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      cherie mae 6 years ago

      how to get rid of acne scares and dark spot?

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      Divya 6 years ago

      I am light skinned female but i am developing pigmentation on my cheeks and nose and have open pores also. Kindky help me with the remedies

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      kendra  6 years ago

      kendra...well i have had a black spot undet my chin for years nobody can tell b/c i use make upim tired of hiding i want it to go away some days it looks biggrer than others it looks like a patch of hair and my hubby of four years just noticed it ..im so deprefded i feel so ugly.. :(

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      Sohani 6 years ago

      I have lot of acne & black spot in my face....how can i remove them very fast...plz someone help me!!! PLZ PLZ PLZ

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      Brooke 6 years ago

      I have dark spots on my forehead and around my mouth...it really bothers me ...tell me how i can rid of them fast??!!!!

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      Ashim 6 years ago

      I'm light skinned and i've got embarrasing dark spots 4rm mosquitoe,flee and bug bites on my arms & legs. I cant were this i love to wear...pls help!!! I'm always covering up in d heat or Cold. This has brought down my self esteem, i'm now extremely self conscious.

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      Seema 6 years ago

      one of my neighbour used toothpaste for her face dark sopts, it increased the dark spots three times as much as she had before.

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      sangamesh 6 years ago

      hey i applied toothpaste on my face to get rid of pimples but it doesn't work instead it got reacted and i have some dark black spots on my face please suggest me how can i get rid of these dark spots

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      purva 6 years ago

      i have big dark spots on my leg please help

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      gabby 6 years ago

      when i brough chesrli overnight wash i put it in my face.afer 2 day it left mark under my mouth. it look so bad.could you tell me how this goes away.i need your help .

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      vicky 6 years ago

      drink water sufficiently

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      ayana 6 years ago

      i have alot of dark spot on my skin i cant wear any short clothes can u help me plz

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      Powerz 6 years ago

      I've got dark spots on my legs due 2 mosquitoes bite,i'm dark in complexion.it's really embarrassing b'cos i've nt been able 2 wear shorts.i put on long wears dat covers them.pls...i need a solution faster.

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      Miss Grace 6 years ago

      I recommend a course of Microdermabrasion treatments, I have had this treatment in the past and would definitely have this treatment again if I should need it in the future.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microdermabrasion

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      jane garcia 6 years ago

      i have a dark spot on my legs,,plsss help me how to remove it,,plzzzzzz

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      Chioma 6 years ago

      Ive got spots on my legs due to an infection i had 3yrs ago what can i use naturally

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      Chioma 6 years ago

      Ive got spots on my legs due to an infection i had 3yrs ago what can i use naturally

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      Helpless 6 years ago

      I'm a dark skinned female with dark spots on my vagina from shaving and bleeding how do I get rid of these spots.I need help I haven't had sex because I'm embarrassed help it's been like this for two years.I stopped shaving the area

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      Cindy 7 years ago

      I hav a dark brownish after pimple mark that won't go away ii had tried da neutrogena rapid clear treatment but den when I peel it off my skin comes off too n it strts to bleed so I stop using it n now it's jst a dark circle that won't f***in go away help me pleasseeee sum1

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      Brown 7 years ago

      try spotlessface anti spot cleanser

      http://antispot.webs.com/

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      Viraaj 7 years ago

      Hello everyone, anybody who wants to remove their black spot please visit the dermatologist. He/she will definitely be able to remove it. It hardly takes about 15 minutes, though it hurts a bit. All the best.

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      gigi 7 years ago

      hey i got dak spots from bed bugs bites on my legs and i really wana get rid of them kan u help me ....i haven't warn any shorts ever sence....pweeezzzz hellp

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      Rekha 7 years ago

      I hv dark spots n acne am ready 2 spend any to cure it. Pls help me am worying lot

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      alexis 7 years ago

      I got these bad dark spots from acne fortunately I have found ways to lighten my scars. I use aloe vera gel, lemon and lime juice, honey, cocoa butter and if u rub a few fruits on ur skin it helps too. I use tomatoes and potatoes and also cucumbers. These really helped me and I used toothpaste. It helped me out but I heard it gives others dark burns and spot on their faces but minty toothpaste for 30 seconds helps me out a lot! Hopes this helped

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      SONA 7 years ago

      HEY , I HAD REALLY BAD ACNE MYSELF, I TRIED EVERYTHING BUT DIDN'T WORK AND I HAD DARK SPOTS LEFT ON MY FACE. THE BEST TREATMENT IS FRUITS! USE WATERMELON ON UR DARK SPOTS, LEMON, AND FIND YOGURT AT ANY SUPERMARKETS THAT HAS NO FLAVOUR IN IT. USE THAT ON UR DARK SPOTS, IT WILL WORK REALLY FAST. KEEP DOIN THAT FOR ATLESAT A MONTH N LOOK AT THE DIFFERENCE LATER!!

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      sarah 7 years ago

      hey, i have a black scar on my chin, how can i get rid of it?

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      Taxie 7 years ago

      i have dark marks on my face due to acne pls tell me on how to remove then

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      sayeeda fatima 7 years ago

      hi !!!!!!!

      i have dark spots on my face

      plzzzzzzzzzz tell me how shall i remove

      pllzzzzzzzzz tell me hime redemeies

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      tiffany 7 years ago

      I have scars n darkening frm exzema how do I get rid of that?

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      Ameya 7 years ago

      Hey there is dark spots on my face. How to get rid of that instantly plz help me out

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      hot_momma 7 years ago

      i am pregnant now and i noticed that there is a dark spot on my inner thighs and my butt.. how would i get rid of it? HELP! ={

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      kkkk 7 years ago

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      Hannah 7 years ago

      i am an aspiring model i have been offered work by several modeling agencies over the years but my skin always ends up being a problem my skin is allergic to everything but i never get get acne on my face, arms or back only on my legs sometimes i get bumps on my legs or thighs and after the pimple is gone it leaves dark spots on my skin i have used several skin lightning creams and they don't seem to work as well as i hoped spots are less dark but the are still there i am suppose to meet with a modeling agency tomorrow and i am very nervous i may not get signed because of it is there any home remedies or new creams that are out there that anyone has tried and has had success. please let me know thanks :)

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      lisa 7 years ago

      DON'T put toothpaste on it! it just makes it worse! i had a spot and covered it with toothpaste, the next morning the spot was gone but a LARGE black/brown mark was left beind, it was around 2/3 times bigger than the spot its self!

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      dhiraj 7 years ago

      i have two black bloteches on my face.can you tell me about for care.i have take some sunsrceen also as garnear,ranbaxy suncross aquagel & vitamins & mineral medician.so please tell me about this care.but my skin is also oily.i want to just clean of my face & shineable.please tell me.

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      nina  7 years ago

      whaa??

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      knchan 7 years ago

      boil a spoon of tea powder , throw the water n use the wet and cold powder. apply it to ur face, let it dry, reemove the powder do not wash the face overnight... look the difference... pimple's waste will come out on squeezing it n no dark spots will appear on regular use of tea powder

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      nick jones 8 years ago

      i have black dots on my cheak and under my mouth and HOW CAN I GET IT REMOVED PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!

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      joe 8 years ago

      i hav like a dark spot right by my eye(its not a mole) but its noticable and it doesn't bother my girlfreind or anybody,but it makes me feel ugly.how can i get rid of it?PLEASE HELP

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      joe 8 years ago

      i hav like a dark spot right by my eye(its not a mole) but its noticable and it doesn't bother my girlfreind or anybody,but it makes me feel ugly.how can i get rid of it?PLEASE HELP

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      joe 8 years ago

      i hav like a dark spot right by my eye(its not a mole) but its noticable and it doesnt bother my girlfreind or anybody,but it makes me feel ugly.how can i get rid of it?PLEASE HELP

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      elow 8 years ago

      my skin is so sensitive especially on the lower extremeties, it always leave a dark spots on it, how can i prevent or lessen the dark spots?

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      Carol 8 years ago

      Hey, ive had dark spots on my back from flee bites, s there any product that i can use to get rid of them.

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      marilyn 8 years ago

      i have dark spot on my legs from flee bites what can i use for dark spots.

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      ama 8 years ago

      hi i hav losts of black spots on my skin i want to use a natural product such as fruits or vegetables can u help me out

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      Raffaella 8 years ago

      Thank's fro sharing. I have scars on my face and your informations are very useful for me!

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      ryanenglish 9 years ago

      thanks for the tips

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      Joe 9 years ago

      In middle school we were told to do sit ups on the pavement and ever since that I have a straight line of dark spots right on my spine. Now that I'm in my second year in high school I don't think the spots will go away any time soon and its annoying me. Anyone got any sugestions? (I don't believe in expensive procedures.)

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      lahari 9 years ago

      I need help in removing acne scars from my face. I had acne problems for a few months. Now the acne is gone, but the marks are still there. So I need to get rid of them. Thank you

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      Lily 9 years ago

      Thank-you for introducing me to Meladerm. I have sensative skin and it has been a great product for me.

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      dawn 9 years ago

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      dawn 9 years ago

      how does tooth past work