How to fade dark spots on black skin

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How to fade dark spots on black skin
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Removing dark spots from African-American skin is done in almost the same way you would other types of skin colours, but because of pigment differences, special care must be taken. Bleaching the skin can result in discolouration and even mild scarring that can attract more attention than the dark spots did, but there are methods you can use to reduce and even make the spots disappear without leaving such discolourations behind.

Things you need

  • Sunscreen
  • Hydroquinine cream
  • Lemon juice
  • Cotton swab

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    Prevent dark spots by limiting your exposure to the sun's harmful rays. Always apply sunscreen before going out and consider a wide-brimmed hat if you plan to spend the day in the sun. Sun exposure may darken the spots you already have, so avoid darkening them and creating new spots.

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    Apply a fading cream containing hydroquinine. Hydroquinine creams and washes, found over the counter in most drugstores, are designed specifically to remove dark spots and even out skin discolouration. They may, however, dry out the skin and cause scarring after prolonged use.

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    Saturate a cotton swab with undiluted lemon juice and dab the tip to your spots. Allow it to sit on your skin for twenty minutes, then wash it clean with warm soap and water before patting your skin dry. Repeat this procedure up to two times a day until spots fade. Be careful not to get the juice on the surrounding skin; otherwise, it may lighten the skin and draw attention to the area.

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    Talk to your dermatologist about microdermabrasion, which buffs away the top layer of skin and may help with the reduction of unwanted scarring, blemishes, and dark spots. It may also result in minor scarring.

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    Consider undergoing chemical peeling. Like microdermabrasion, chemical peels remove the top layer of skin, reducing scars, dark spots, and blemishes, but they often result in skin discolouration that is far more off-putting than the dark spots themselves.

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