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If you have been trying for long to cure the dark spots on your skin but not getting results or maybe you see another dark spot appear as others fade, just know you are not alone.
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Do you know that dark spots and patches are one of the reasons while most people with skin of color visit a dermatologist?

The best way to start treatment is by understanding why you get this discoloration. if you can tackle the source, then other spots will leave on their own and you can also stop new ones from appearing.

What are the causes of dark spots?

According to my research, I found out that they are different causes of dark spots, which I have listed below:

1, Hormonal changes

According to the report published by the American Academy of Dermatology, hormones can trigger Melasma, a skin condition that pilot to small patches of skin discoloration, this kind of condition is commonly seen in women, especially when they are pregnant.

2, Sun damage

Also referred to as sunspots, liver spots, or lentigines, any person can get dark spots on their body after being exposed to the sun.

Parts of the skin that are more exposed to the sun, like the face, arms, or hands, are more likely to advance to sunspots.

3, Medication side effects

Some medications may boost skin pigmentation and advance to dark spots, the most common agents are tetracyclines and psychotropic drugs.

4, Inflammation

Dark spots can appear after a short period of inflammation on the skin. They are many factors that can cause inflammation that includes eczema, psoriasis, injury on the skin, and acne.

5, Wound healing

After you have heard burns or cut but they are healed, dark spots may still remain in those areas, but with time, it may clear out.

6, Irritation

Most hair or skin products may hurt the sun, making dark patches form.

How to treat dark spots

You don't need to treat the dark spots on your skin, but most individuals may want to clear the spot for cosmetic reasons.

A dermatologist may give you procedures or cream to lighten dark spots, in most cases they manually remove them. Procedures are more costly than creams and may also cause side effects, but they may work faster.

If you can know the cause of the dark spots on your skin, then it will increase the chance of getting the treatment.

Some of the dermatologist recommendations are laser treatment, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, cryotherapy, and prescription skin-lightening cream.

Home remedies

Several people have found out that some home remedies may help fade dark spots on the skin.

Potatoes

Most people have not found out that potatoes lighten dark spots. One of the ways you can use potatoes is by slicing them and placing them on top of the dark spots. wait for few minutes before using warm water to wash your face.

You can also use potatoes and honey for the treatment.

How to use potato and honey

  • Grate the potato, then mix it with the honey.
  • Place it in the dark spots areas and wait for about 15 minutes.
  • Then rinse the affected part with water.

Buttermilk

Buttermilk helps to clear out black spots on the skin, without causing stinging burns.

How to use buttermilk

  • You have to mix the buttermilk with tomato juice.
  • place it to the skin.
  • wait for it to stay on the dark spots for 15 minutes before you wash the areas.

Turmeric powder

Turmeric powder is a good resource for lightening dark spots. You can mix it with other resources for a fast result.

How to use turmeric

  • Mix turmeric powder with 1 teaspoon of milk and 1 teaspoon together and stir it until it forms a paste that is not too thick but not too liquid.
  • Leave it on the dark spots areas for 20 minutes before rinsing with water.

Natural remedies

Some products with natural ingredients might help cure dark spots on the skin.

Studies published to show how natural products were used to treat dark spots on the skin, some ingredients like niacinamide, soy, licorice extracts, and mulberry are used for the experiment.

In as much that the research was limited, these experts concluded that these natural treatments showed promise in lightening hyperpigmentation.

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Disclaimer: This content is in no way a substitute for a qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information.

Written by: Popmati Emebu

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