Be it freckles, scars or age spots – an uneven complexion can render the best of us self-conscious. Though there are quite a few so-called skin-lightening solutions and products available in the market these days, not all of them are created equal. Some could even potentially harm our skin! Hence, if, like us, you just can’t reconcile with patchy skin, then a natural remedy may just be the answer to your prayers.
But, before we get to the good stuff, let’s answer a few more pertinent questions that every woman who values her skin must ask herself –
What Are Dark Spots And Why Do They Pop Up?
“Dark spots”, also referred to as hyperpigmentation, occur due to an increased concentration of melanin in an area of our skin. There is a myriad of factors that can lead to the formation of dark spots. Some of the most notable ones include:
- Most commonly occurring dark spots are the product of acne scars. They occur in the aftermath of breakouts, in regions that once harbored acne.
- Sun damage can often produce liver spots, blemishes, and dark spots. Upon frequent exposure to the sun, the harmful UV radiation can lead to hyperpigmentation of the skin.
- Automobile associated pollution, once compounded with UV radiation, can also lead to the formation of dark spots.
- It has also been suggested that radiation emanated from technology like computer or laptop screens, TV screen, mobile screens, and fluorescent lights can, over a period of time, contribute to the formation of dark spots.
- Hormones contained in birth control pills can also cause the development of dark spots as oral contraceptives create an imbalance your natural progesterone and estrogen levels in order to prevent you from conceiving. The changes in hormones can lead to hyperpigmentation.
Currently, there are several dermatological treatments available for dark spots such as hydroquinone serums, retinol solutions, laser treatments or peels. However, note that they are rather harsh on the skin and come with a risk.
If you’ve been searching for a natural solution for your dark (spot) dilemmas, then worry not, we’ve got you covered!
Introducing Potato Juice – A Dark Spot Banishing Elixir!
Before trying expensive and risky treatments, why not give Mother Nature a chance? The juice extracted from potatoes can do wonders in terms of eliminating dark spots. This is because potato contains mild bleaching properties that make it effective in fading acne scars, dark spots, and blemishes.
The high starch content and enzyme ‘catecholase’ in potatoes help promote healthy skin by minimizing any skin discoloration. Potatoes also happen to be a rich source of vitamins A, B, C & E, all of which are sources of antioxidants that can help combat signs of aging, reduce pigmentation, and help restore your face’s natural, inherent glow.
How To Use Potato Juice To Get Rid Of Dark Spots
The following remedies are extremely effective and some users have even reported a significant reduction in the visibility of their dark spots in less than three days!
What You Need
- Medium sized white potatoes x 2 or Russet potato (large) x 1
- Lemon juice x 1 tsp.
- Honey x 1 tsp.
• Using a grater, grate your potatoes and collect the shavings in a clean bowl.
• Now, place the potato shavings in a cheesecloth and bundle it up.
• Squeeze your bundle, till you collect all the juice from your potato shavings.
• You can apply this juice directly on your dark spots or enhance it by adding the lemon juice and honey to it, then stirring well to make a uniform solution.
• Soak a cotton ball with the solution and apply to the affected region.
• Leave the concoction on for 20 minutes.
• Then, rinse with cool water.
• Repeat this treatment once per week until you see results.
One Last Thing, Can We Prevent Dark Spots?
Yes, we can! Certain simple lifestyle and dietary changes can help you prevent hyperpigmentation and give you the smooth and even complexion of your cover model dreams.
- Avoiding excess exposure to the sun is one of the best methods of preventing dark spots. Try limiting your sun exposure during 10 am to 3 pm, as that is when the sun happens to be the strongest.
- Invest in a good sunscreen that has Broad Spectrum or UVA protection. Always apply sunscreen before you head out of the house, and ensure that you reapply every 3-4 hours. Not reapplying the sunscreen is a common mistake made by women. However, it is important to understand that topical sunscreens usually fade away in a few hours. Hence, if you’re spending more time in the sun, reapplication is a must for your complexion.
- Don’t hesitate to provide your skin with some extra protection in the form of an umbrella, scarf or even a wide brim hat.
- Avoid any tanning beds if your skin is susceptible to dark spots.
- If you’re prone to acne, start taking measures to control breakouts and ensure you adhere to treatment in order to allow them to heal completely. Remember, one must avoid picking at or squeezing out zits at all costs in order to prevent the formation of acne scars, which subsequently develop into dark spots.
- Reduce the damage rendered by environmental pollutants to your skin. Always wash your face twice a day and ensure that you exfoliate your skin twice a week.
- Avoiding smoking and chlorinated water also helps lessens the formation of dark spots.
- Always keep hydrated and ensure you’re meeting your daily requirements of vitamin E and C, for they’re great sources of antioxidants that are essential for protecting skin from damage.
- Hormonal fluctuations can also lead to the development of dark spots. Keep your hormone levels in check by reducing stress and minimizing consumption of processed foods rich in salt and sugar.
Dark spots don’t have to be the bane of your existence. Fight back with potato juice and reclaim an even, smooth, and glowing complexion.
Emaan is a voracious and rather indiscriminate reader. She is also a writer, history buff, insomniac, amateur doodle artist, terrible poet and a self-professed philosopher (but only after 3 am). Currently, she is pursuing a degree in medicine.
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