We all dread dark spots when they appear on our face, hands or even legs. If you’ve been asking yourself ‘how to remove dark spots on legs?’ you’re not the only one. People have asked and asked this question so many times by now.
This uneven discoloration of the skin is quite common and usually not harmless but it looks unsightly and it might be a result of various reasons. Sometimes dark spots on legs can be a result of melanin excess or so-called hyperpigmentation. This happens because the pigment that gives color to our skin is produced more than it should.
So, because dark people have a larger amount of melanin in their skin, the possibility is higher for them to get dark spots or sometimes also called age spots. Another reason that causes dark spots to appear is hormone fluctuation. According to Women’s Health magazine, dark spots are more common in women than men because of the influence of hormones.
Moreover, dark spots might be an inflammation that occurs after skin infections, wounds, acne breakouts, or other skin issues, one that makes your skin react in a negative way. Sometimes they might even appear from the natural process of aging. Therefore it is quite common for dark spots to mostly appear on people who are over 40. Furthermore, one of the most common reasons that dark spots appear on legs is overexposure to the sun. If you have exposed your legs to the sunlight for long, the possibility to have discoloration on your legs is higher.
Now, since none of us likes our legs to form those dark patches, we’re constantly looking for home remedies and medical treatments that can help us get them removed. While talking about medical treatments, if you see that the dark spots on your legs are more serious and it’s been a long time since you’ve got them, it’s better to consult your dermatologist.
Otherwise, if your dark spots are newly formed, here are some home remedies to help you treat them. You should also consider that dark spots won’t disappear overnight and that you should apply the below products for some time in order for results to show themselves.
If you’re asking how to remove dark spots on legs, you can start with buttermilk. Buttermilk is rich with lactic acid and it’s a helpful ingredient which not only nourishes your skin but also helps to get rid of dead skin cells. The procedure is quite easy, you only need to put a small amount of buttermilk into a bowl and dip a cotton ball into it. Then rub the buttermilk into the dark spots on your legs and let it sit for a couple of minutes on your skin. After that, just wipe it clean.
Just like buttermilk, lemon juice can also help remove off the dead skin cells on your legs and bleach dark spots. In addition, lemon also helps in the development of the new cells. Being rich in Vitamin C and citric acid, lemon clears the skin if used regularly. The procedure is pretty simple. Dip a cotton ball into lemon juice and rub it to your affected areas. Leave it around 10 minutes and rinse it with warm water. For positive results, repeat this process both in the morning and before you go to sleep, three times a week.
For some time now, honey has been a natural moisturizer of skin. Honey is rich in glucose and anti-bacterial properties so it makes your skin regenerate, and also can help to help to remove dark spots. You can mix 2 tablespoons of honey with 2 tablespoons of baking soda and apply the mixture gently to the affected areas. You can also mix honey with lemon juice as it will have the same effect. By the end rinse your legs with warm water and for better results apply the mixture regularly.
Probably, you’ve come across onion when researching how to remove dark spots on face, but when the onion is mixed with honey it can do wonders for your legs as well. Onion has the power to increase the blood flow and lighten the skin. The procedure is simple, you can mix the juice of one onion (preferably a red one) with a tablespoon of honey and then spread the mixture over the dark spots. Leave it for 15 minutes and then rinse it.
Aloe vera contains anti-bacterial and soothing properties, making it a great plant to treat dark spots and scarred skin. Take a leaf from aloe vera plant and get the gel out of it. Then apply it directly on the dark spots. Message it in a circular motion in the affected area and for better results, you should apply it regularly. If you don’t have an aloe vera plant in your home you can buy a natural aloe era lotion or an aloe vera cream, as they almost have the same effect.
The natural vitamins that coconut oil contains can help the skin heal. Coconut oil not only smoothes but also moisturizes the skin. Apply the oil to affected areas of your skin on a regular basis and eventually, it will lighten dark spots on your skin.
Here are some more tips to have your legs spot-free:
Since we mentioned that one of the main reasons you get dark spots on your legs is exposure to sun/UV rays, make sure to reduce sun exposure. To protect your legs you can apply sunscreen anytime you have your legs exposed when you go out.
Another thing you can do is buy a loofah that contains hard fibers and scrub it on your legs. It can help scrub the dead skin off your legs and lighten dark spots eventually.
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