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How To Get Rid of Dark Spots from Acne

Updated on June 21, 2013

My Own Acne Trauma

I know how dark spots from acne can be pathetic to look at, having suffered from such dark spots I have been in the same situation as many of you might be in. Yes, it makes your face look bad and it appears everyone is seeing your dark spots and nothing else. At times, it can be really frustrating too.

Get a Spotless Looking Face with These Acne Cure Tips Naturally
Get a Spotless Looking Face with These Acne Cure Tips Naturally | Source

When I developed pimples, I took some allopathic medicines because I wanted them to get cured faster (and it really was expensive). However the pimples were gone after a few months but the bad news was to follow- they left dark spots on my face. I just hated seeing myself in mirror it looked so bad. My cheeks were filled with so many dark spots, I was in a mess and then the Holy Internet came to my rescue.

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I tried using various home remedies and natural products to help myself get rid of acne dark spots and thankfully, after repeated usage I can now smile…my dark spots have turned lighter now and I am pretty sure that if I can continue with these natural remedies for a few more months, I can get my spotless face back.

But it needs to be added, if you are opting for natural remedies then you have to be patient- they take time to heal and in no way this sounds magical. I am hereby adding some of the best remedies for you if you are suffering from acne spots. Also a word of caution- what works for one person may not work for the other. This is basically dependent upon your skin type.

Also Read: Homemade Face Masks for Acne Scars

Lemon Juice for Getting Rid of Acne Spots
Lemon Juice for Getting Rid of Acne Spots | Source

Getting rid of dark spots naturally:

Lemon Juice: Lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent. It is said to be rich in Vitamin C which is very effective in removing acne spots. You can gently massage your dark spots with the lemon peel, it might have a tingling sensation at first, but it helps. If done over a regular period of time you will see your dark spots getting lightened and ultimately fade away. Apart from this, you can mix 2 tablespoon of lemon juice, few drops of honey and rose water in a bowl. Just apply on the affected area and leave for fifteen minutes. Wash with water.

Glycolic Acid Peels: This acid peels works best for those who have severe acne spots on the face. The acid peels should not be used for those who slight dark spots. It is primarily a treatment where glycolic acid peel is applied on the face. This leads to the formation of new skin cells; the old layer of the face is replaced with a new layer. There are ‘at home peels’ too which are available and can be applied easily without any doctor’s assistance. Read about at home peels

Say yes to Flaxseeds to Prevent Acne
Say yes to Flaxseeds to Prevent Acne | Source

Flaxseed oil for dark spots: Flaxseed is regarded as quite effective on your skin. It brings a glow and shine to your face. You can even eat the flaxseeds though in small dosage. This is said to be quite rich in vitamin E and thereby improves the blood circulation and leads to healthy skin. You can even massage your face gently with vitamin E oil if flaxseed oil is not available.

Baking Soda for acne spots: Baking soda can be used as a scrub for your face. Simply make a fine paste with baking soda and water and massage on your face for a few seconds. Then wash with water and pat dry.

Don't Miss Reading: Homemade Acne Spot Treatment for Getting Rid of Dark Spots

Apply Neem Leaves Paste for Best Acne Removal
Apply Neem Leaves Paste for Best Acne Removal | Source

Aloe Vera for Acne: Well none can deny the benefits of aloe vera in treating acne. It is simply the best when it comes to removing skin rashes, skin irritation as well as blemishes. You just need to apply the aloe vera gel on the face. It helps in fading the dark spots.

Neem Leaves for Dark Spots: Neem leaves have been used since ages for treating and preventing acne and pimples. Just make a paste of neem leaves with turmeric and gramflour. You can wash after the paste has dried up.

5 Effective Tips for Dark Spots Removal

  1. Rubbing potato slice on the acne spots is considered effective since potato is a natural bleaching agent and it helps in skin lightening too.
  2. An easy and worth trying home made recipe: You need to take milk powder, honey, lemon juice in equal quantities and make a fine paste. Just apply it on your face for 15 minutes and then wash off.
  3. Yet another natural recipe- simply mix oatmeal powder, yoghurt and lemon into a fine paste, you can even add a few drops of rose water to it and apply on the scars.
  4. Orange powder is known to be rich in vitamin C and works well to lighten up the acne scars. Just mix orange powder with lemon juice and rose water and apply. If you wish you may even add milk to it, This also brings a glow to your face.
  5. Mint leaves paste is found to be effective in treating acne scars. Also if you want to remove acne from occurring in the future then simply eat two mint leaves daily. This will prevent the outbreak of acne.

Must to Read: 5 Best Natural Exfoliating Scrubs for Face

how to get rid of acne naturally
how to get rid of acne naturally | Source

Interesting Facts About Acne: You Must Know

  1. Around 80% of the people suffer from acne (11-30 years of age)

  2. Women are more prone to suffer from acne owing to monthly hormonal changes.

    Do Read: Best Ways to Prevent Hormonal or Menstrual Acne Naturally

  3. No scientific evidence is there to prove that acne is directly associated with diet alone.

  4. Acne is hereditary also. Thus, if any of your parents suffer from acne then you too may get it.

  5. It is believed that frequent washing of your face helps to prevent acne, but this is not true. Excessive washing of your face may in fact flare up your acne, it is therefore recommended to maintain a proper cleansing routine.

  6. Makeup does not always cause acne as is believed, it might only cause irritation on the skin.

  7. Sometimes organic and natural products too may cause a breakout because they may contain ingredients which might block your skin pores.

  8. Some of the essential supplements which might be helpful for acne sufferers include vitamin A,C,E.

Acne in Statistics
Acne in Statistics | Source
interesting facts about acne
interesting facts about acne | Source

What worked for me:

When I suffered from dark spots caused by acne, I was a regular user of lemon juice as well as lemon peel. I always used to massage it on my face and it helped. Apart from this I also made a paste of turmeric,sandalwood, gramflour ,orange powder and rose water. This paste I used to apply daily on my face and when it was half dry I used to wash my face. Thankfully it not just removed my acne but it also made my complexion better too. As I said before what works for one person may not work for the other.

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      pamela ap 

      2 years ago

      I have spent a lot of money in sephora looking for a miracle serum to get rid of my dark spots for the last 3 years, something changed and left me with nasty dark spots. Here's what actually worked for me: the Somaluxe Brightening Peptide Serum. Its meant to lighten the dark spots and this acually works. What i do is wash my face with a gentle glycolic wash (I use the Made from Earth Grapefruit Glycolic Wash), and then dry my face. Afterwards, I use the Somaluxe Brightening Peptide Serum in areas where I have my dark spots.

      I used to use the Somaluxe toner, but I do not anymore. I do the routine I mentioned above twice per day now for the last week and I it's doing something and I'm super excited to keep seeing results. It works !

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      4 years ago

      How about sensetive skin? My pimples are in my forehead. Can I use lemon only?

    • younghopes profile imageAUTHOR

      Shadaan Alam 

      5 years ago from India

      Dear Pinki, the above remedies are good enough to help you out, these will certainly help you get rid of acne and pimples, You just need to try them for a long period of time to see results

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      5 years ago

      I have Pimples, marks on my chicks,and my skin type is t-zone so my chick,uperlips area are oily and the skin around the mouth is dry, black so plz suggest me home made tips plllllzzzzz..

    • younghopes profile imageAUTHOR

      Shadaan Alam 

      5 years ago from India

      Yes you can use honey, it has no side effects even if you are taking any medicines

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      5 years ago

      I eating homeopathic medicine

      So can i use honey on face???

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      5 years ago

      hi i am using honey and lemon and its quite effective for me..

    • younghopes profile imageAUTHOR

      Shadaan Alam 

      6 years ago from India

      Hi Ologsinquito, nice to hear from you, i just wish the little girl good luck because it is really pathetic to have acne. You can try any of these natural remedies too if you wish. And hows ur bubblews going, i hope you are getting paid.

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      6 years ago from USA

      My daughter's terrible acne has now retreated, thanks largely to homeopathy. The spots are fading, but not fast enough. Good article and voted up.

    • younghopes profile imageAUTHOR

      Shadaan Alam 

      6 years ago from India

      Oh good to know Sidhi that honey and lemon is working for you, all the best and may you get a flawless skin soon, It will take sometime but your spots will fade away

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      6 years ago

      Hi, friends i m too suffering from acne spots and i m using honey&lemon juice mix to remove spots and its working very well and i m using it from 3months and i m sure after using more 2-3 months my face will look spot less.

    • younghopes profile imageAUTHOR

      Shadaan Alam 

      6 years ago from India

      Oh thank alocsin for these beautiful comments, yeah these are truly effective since i have tried many of these myself too. Thanks for stopping by, i am learning a lot from your useful hubs.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I wish I knew about these techniques as a teen, when I suffered from acne. Fortunately, I outgrew it. Voting this Up and Useful.

    • younghopes profile imageAUTHOR

      Shadaan Alam 

      6 years ago from India

      Thank you so much Dorothy for this useful information, i hope it will help many more who will read this

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      Dorothy Nissi 

      6 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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      shobha khokhar 

      6 years ago from Chandigarh, India

      I have number of dark spots from acne and I tried so many things but no results...I hope your remedies give me some relief from dark spots..thank you..

    • younghopes profile imageAUTHOR

      Shadaan Alam 

      6 years ago from India

      Thanks a lot for voting up and finding this post useful, do give it a try for sure

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      6 years ago from United States

      Very informative article. For a start, I'll try what works for you, heheheeh. Otherwise I there are many other ways you've listed in your hub. Thanks for posting. Voted up and useful. :)

    • younghopes profile imageAUTHOR

      Shadaan Alam 

      6 years ago from India

      thanks a lot

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      Laura Writes 

      6 years ago

      I like the "acne facts" poster. Very informative hub, voted way up


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