What Are Dark Spots & How Do You Get Rid of Them?

Sheetal Rawal, Founder, Apsara Skin Care 

By: Marty S.

If you were to rank the most common issues people face regarding their skin, dark spots would surely be one of the top issues on that list. We all want our skin to be flawless and even, but seeing a dark spot or two appear out of nowhere can be disheartening. These troublesome marks can put a damper on your complexion and force you to use makeup and other products to hide them from sight. Plus, unlike acne and dry skin, you may not be able to trace their origin to learn why they developed in the first place.

However, if you are new to the world of skin care, you might not know what we are talking about. “What are dark spots?” you may be asking, “and how concerned should I be about them?” Today, we will do our best to inform you of this particular skin issue. Continue reading to learn what are dark spots and how to get rid of them through 3 easy methods. Whether you are a pro at handling dark spots or you’ve developed one for the first time, this information will be very helpful in keeping your skin even-toned and flawless. 

What Are Dark Spots?

Dark spots are self-explanatory; they are marks on your skin that can either be lighter or darker than your current skin tone. Dark spots may look like a small smudge on your skin, but they can’t be washed off with soap. Rather, with enough time, dark spots can fade away naturally. Dark spots shouldn’t be painful, so if there is a little bit of discomfort when touching your dark spot, you may need to consult a doctor.

Dark spots occur when there is an overproduction of melanin, a pigment that is responsible for your skin tone. However, there are many reasons why there is an overproduction of melanin in the first place. For example, sun damage is a prominent cause of dark spots. If you spend hours outside basking in the sun’s UV rays, that may result in free radical damage and could lead to dark spots, as well as unevenness of skin and early aging. Another common cause is inflammation; if your skin is recovering from inflammation due to an injury or acne, a dark spot could develop. 

Related: Apsara Skin Care products can fade dark spots and hyperpigmentation naturally.

How Do I Get Rid of My Dark Spots?

Given these reasons, it is tough to say why a particular dark spot has developed on your skin. As a result, it is better to spend less time worrying about your dark spots and more time learning how to get rid of them naturally. While some might be comfortable allowing them to fade on their own, we have a few tips that can help you eliminate them at a much faster pace.

1. Natural Skin Care Routine

Diminishing the appearance of dark spots at home starts with your daily skin care routine. A daily skin care routine will help you take better care of your skin so that issues that could cause dark spots (for example, inflammation) are far less likely to occur. Your daily skin care routine consists of four products: cleanser, toner, serum, and lotion. Each one is essential to nourishing your skin and keeping it healthy. Facial serums, for instance, help brighten up your skin and even out your skin tone if they are made with natural ingredients like fruit extracts and essential oils time-tested in nature; Apsara Skin Care’s Ayurvedic Vitamin C Natural Glow Serum is one such product. While it will take some time for you to see results with your daily skin care routine, it is worthwhile because as you wait for your dark spots to fade, you may begin to notice how much the quality of your skin has changed for the better. Once those dark spots have vanished, your skin may also start to look more glowing, youthful, and flawless.

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2. Natural Home Remedies

In addition to your daily skin care routine, you can try using some natural home remedies on your skin once or twice a week. While not as formulated or as concentrated as a skin care product, a natural home remedy can be useful if you choose the right ingredients that are known for their skin-evening properties. For example, turmeric is well-loved in Ayurveda for its ability to brighten up the skin and diminish the appearance of dark spots and unevenness. As a result, using a natural home remedy that contains turmeric might help you with your dark spots.

There are a few things to keep in mind when trying a natural home remedy out. First, these are meant to be a supplement to your daily skin care routine, not a replacement. Generally speaking, a daily skin care routine is more beneficial to you than the occasional home remedy. Second, do your research beforehand on the home remedies and the natural ingredients involved. If there is a particular ingredient that you are sensitive to, it could make your skin and your dark spots look worse. 

If you are looking for some dark spot-fading natural home remedies to try, here is an article that we highly recommend you to read.

3. Lifestyle Habits

This last tip is preventative rather than proactive. By learning what habits to adjust in your lifestyle, you can decrease your likelihood of developing dark spots as well as making your current dark spots look worse. For example, as we mentioned earlier, sun exposure plays a big role in dark spots. Going outside when the sun is shining bright may damage your skin when it is unprotected and overexposed. One tip we heartily recommend is avoiding sunlight between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is when the sun and its UV rays are at their strongest. By staying indoors and hiding underneath the shade during this period of time, you can avoid sun exposure and free radical damage that might be causing your dark spots.

If sun exposure is a huge part of your life and you want to know how to keep your skin protected, read this article to learn our easy tips that you can use no matter what season it is.

Related: Use This Potato Juice Remedy to Eliminate Dark Spots

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