How to lighten my toes

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How to lighten my toes
Toes get discoloured but there are ways to lighten them. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

A few areas on the skin are subject to friction such as the toes, knees, elbows and underarms. Shoes and socks rubbing against the feet lead to discolouration in some people. Lightening the toes is a way to restore an even skin tone. There are bleaching agents on the market, but home remedies also work. Finding a solution for your problem takes trial and error. To save money, it might be a good idea to start with the less-costly treatments.

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Things you need

  • Cotton balls
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Lemo juice
  • OTC shin bleaches or skin whiteners

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    Pour a liberal amount of hydrogen peroxide onto a cotton ball. Rub the cotton ball over the discoloured toes. Allow the hydrogen peroxide to dry. Hydrogen peroxide is a bleaching agent found in many teeth-whitening and skin-whitening products. Apply the hydrogen peroxide every day until you start to see an improvement.

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    Pour a liberal amount of lemon juice onto a cotton ball. Apply the lemon juice to the toes and let it dry. Do this every day to see a lightening of the skin.

  3. 3

    Use an over-the-counter skin-bleaching or whitening product purchased at a local or online store. Look for a product that contains 2-percent hydroquinone. The Mayo Clinic suggests to also check the label for glycolic acid and kojic acid. Use the product as directed. Apply the lotion or cream to the affected areas once or twice a day, in most cases.

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    See a doctor. Discoloured toes may indicate a health problem, especially if the discoloured toes come with other symptoms. Some medications also lead to skin discolourations. A doctor can prescribe a skin bleach if the toes do not respond to home remedies or OTC products.

Tips and warnings

  • Some holistic healers suggest lemon juice for skin discolourations such as age spots and freckles.

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