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Creative Ways to Get Rid of Dark Spots

These novel at-home remedies may be the magic solution to getting rid of your dark spots.

No one likes acne. But what's worse is that even after a breakout is over it can leave behind remnants— pesky blackheads and dark spots that can feel next to impossible to get rid of. But don't fret; you may have thought you had tried every product and remedy out there, but we've searched far and wide to discover some novel at home remedies that might be what you've been searching for all your life.

The facts:

Acne scarring is said to affect 95% of people with acne. What causes them? Well, popping your pimples is one thing. As Teen Vogue explains, "The dark spots that remain on skin—called post-inflammatory pigmentary alteration—are caused by inflammation during the skin's healing process. When your skin is opened up, like when you pop a pimple, and then closes back together, you can get abnormal pigmentation, texture, and tone that looks different from the rest of your skin. Sometimes broken blood vessels that remain after an acne lesion fades can result in a mark that appears more red or purple than brown. These are commonly seen in people who are more fair/light skinned."

Before you begin your treatment process, it's important to know what type of skin you have, as certain products can be harsher for those with sensitive or dry skin.

The skin types are:

Oily

Normal

Dry

Sensitive

Most acne treatment products are made with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. If you have sensitive skin, it is smarter to go with salicylic acid as it is less harsh than benzzoyel peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide is a faster and stronger solution, but it can cause redness and dryness.

At Home Remedies:

So now that you're better acquainted with your dark spots and why they're sticking around, here's how to say goodbye to them.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice has vitamin C in it, which lightens dark spots. Simply pour lemon juice onto a cotton ball, dab the cotton ball on your face, let it dry, then wash the lemon juice off with water. For those with sensitive skin, dilute the lemon juice with water or honey.

Potatoes

Potatoes have bleaching properties that can help fade scars and blemishes. Plus, they haveenzymes that helps nurture healthier-looking skin. It may look a bit ridiculous, but slice up a potato and place slices directly on to your dark spots.

Tomato Juice

This remedy you can drink! Tomato juice is great for more than curing your hangovers. Drink a mixture of tomato juice with lemon juice once a day to lighten up dark spots, blemishes, and even freckles!

Water

No surprise that the key ingredient to life is also a miracle worker for skin. Like, seriously, the benefits of 6-8 cups of water a day can not be overstated. Water removes toxins from the body and acne can come as a result of different toxins, so you do the math. If you need a celebrity endorsement to seal the deal, water is the number one thing Kendall Jenner cites for maintaining her healthy, glowing look.

Sleep More

Web MD recommends sleep as a vital solution towards obtaining healthier skin, citing "the risk of psychological stress increases by 14% for every hour of sleep you lose a night… Stress increases glucocorticoid production, which can lead to abnormalities in skin structure and function." Hey, this gives you a good excuse to call it a night early and stock up on a few extra hours of beauty sleep.

So if your store-bought products just are not working for you, take a trip to your local grocery store and try these new solutions out! Everyone's skin is different and finding a solution that works is like finding a glass slipper.

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