Flawless skin is very desirable but can be equally hard to achieve. Our lifestyle, eating habits and exposure to sun and pollution can lead to numerous skin troubles. One of them is dark spots.

Dark spots, medically known as hyperpigmentation, result from overproduction of melanin in your skin. The overproduction can be caused by exposure to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, aging, skin diseases, acne, excessive use of cosmetics, certain mineral or vitamin deficiencies, a hormonal imbalance or even stress. Your genetics also play a major role, as dark spots can run in the family.

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Although there are countless reasons that could be behind those unsightly skin patches, their remediation is quite simple and you probably already have what you need – lemons.

use lemon to get rid of dark spots
Use lemon juice to get rid of dark spots

Lemons work as a natural bleaching agent that can do wonders for your skin. The citric acid found in lemons helps break the melanin pigment in the skin and also reduces its excess production. Citric acid also helps exfoliate the skin for a healthy skin turnover and works to rid your skin of acne. Plus, lemons are rich in vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant and helps reverse free-radical damage in your skin.

The juice of this citrus fruit can be applied directly or mixed with other skin-healing ingredients to get rid of dark spots and improve your skin tone naturally. These remedies are easy to follow and cost next to nothing in comparison to the pricey skin treatments in the market or prescribed by a dermatologist.

We bring to you some of the best lemon-based combinations that can help you get rid of the dark spots without even stepping out of your home. You’ll get the best results if you use fresh lemon juice. Check out these 13 ways to remove dark spots with lemon juice.

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Caution: Since lemon is a strong citric ingredient, it can irritate your skin. It is advisable to do a patch test first. Also, avoid exposure to the sun for 6 to 8 hours after using a lemon-based remedy. The lemon will make your skin sensitive to UV rays, which can do more damage than good.

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Method 1: Plain Lemon Juice

The easiest way to use lemon to eliminate dark spots is to apply the juice directly on your spots. If your skin is fairly tough, there is no need to dilute this natural wonder with any other ingredient.

Preferably, use this remedy at bedtime so that you can leave it on your skin and let it work its magic overnight.

Single-Step Treatment: Apply fresh lemon juice daily on the dark spots

use lemon to get rid of dark spots
Use fresh lemon juice for spot treatment to get rid of dark spots
  • Squeeze fresh lemon juice into a small bowl.
  • Use a cotton swab to apply the juice on your dark spots.
  • Leave it on overnight.
  • The next morning, wash your face with a mild face wash.
  • Apply a light moisturizer, or a sunscreen if you’ll be going outside.

You can refrigerate the remaining lemon juice for up to 5 days.

Repeat this remedy once daily until your dark spots are visibly reduced. It can take 1 to 2 months to see improvement, depending on the severity of your hyperpigmentation.

Method 2: Lemon & Water or Rose Water

If you have sensitive skin, it’s a good idea to dilute the lemon juice with some rose water (or plain water) before applying it to your skin. The rose water also works as an anti-inflammatory to reduce skin irritation as well as cleansing your skin.

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Things you’ll need:

things needed to use lemon to get rid of dark spots with rose water

  • Lemon juice (breaks melanin) – 1 tablespoon
  • Rose water (reduces skin irritation) – 1 tablespoon

Single-Step Treatment: Mix rose water and lemon juice & apply it daily

use lemon to get rid of dark spots with rose water
Apply a mixture of fresh lemon juice and rose water to fade dark spots
  • Mix 1 tablespoon each of fresh lemon juice and rose water.
  • Use a cotton swab to dab the solution on your dark spots.
  • Leave it on for 6 to 8 hours. Preferably do this at bedtime.
  • Then, wash your face with a face wash and pat it dry.
  • Follow with a light moisturizer.

Use this remedy once daily for 1 to 2 months to get rid of your dark spots.  

Method 3: Lemon & Honey

Another great way to remove dark spots with lemon juice is by combining it with honey. This blend is especially effective for treating acne and acne-related scars and spots.

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The lemon works to reduce the natural oils of your skin and also diminish melanin production. Honey helps hydrate your skin to make it soft and supple. Plus, it forms an antibacterial layer on your skin to reduce breakouts.

Things you’ll need:

things needed to use lemon to get rid of dark spots with honey

  • Lemon juice (reduces oiliness) – 1 teaspoon
  • Honey (hydrates skin) – 1 tablespoon

Step 1. Mix lemon juice and honey

use lemon to get rid of dark spots with honey
Combine lemon juice and honey
  • Add 1 tablespoon of honey to 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice.
  • Mix the two well.

Step 2. Apply the blend on the spots daily

apply and use lemon to get rid of dark spots with honey
Use a cotton swab to apply the lemon-honey-blend on the affected patches
  • Use a cotton swab to apply the blend on your spots.
  • Leave it on for 30 minutes, then rinse it off with water.

Repeat once daily for 2 to 3 months to reduce dark spots and get glowing skin.

Method 4: Lemon & Turmeric

Lemon in combination with turmeric can help fade dark spots and also give you lighter skin. Turmeric contains an active compound called curcumin that helps fight hyperpigmentation by reversing free-radical damage. Both lemon and turmeric also form an antibacterial layer on the skin to prevent acne breakouts.

This remedy also uses whole milk that acts as a cleanser to dissolve dead skin cells accumulated on the surface of your skin.

Things you’ll need: 

things needed to use lemon to get rid of dark spots with turmeric

  • Lemon juice (fights pigmentation) – ½ tablespoon
  • Turmeric powder (lightens skin) – 1 tablespoon
  • Whole milk (natural cleanser) – 1 tablespoon

Step 1. Combine lemon juice, turmeric powder, and whole milk 

use lemon to get rid of dark spots with turmeric and milk
Add lemon juice, turmeric powder, and whole milk in a bowl
  • Put 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder in a bowl.
  • Add ½ a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice to it.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of whole milk as well.

Step 2. Mix well & apply it to the affected areas 2 or 3 times a week

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Blend properly and apply to get rid of dark spots
  • Use a spoon to mix all the ingredients into a smooth paste.
  • Apply a thick layer of this paste on your dark spots.
  • Let it sit for 10 minutes, then rinse your face with tepid water.
  • Follow with a moisturizer.

Use this remedy 2 or 3 times a week for 2 to 3 months to reduce dark spots and improve your complexion.  

Method 5: Lemon & Tomato

If you spend too much time out in the sun, then this remedy is for you. Lemon and tomato juice form an excellent antioxidant pack for your dark spots.

Tomatoes contain beta-carotene and lycopene, both powerful antioxidants that can help reverse free-radical damage. Tomatoes also protect your skin from the harsh UV sun rays, thereby reducing the chance of hyperpigmentation in the first place.

Things you’ll need:

things needed to use lemon to get rid of dark spots with tomato

  • Lemon juice (fights free radicals) – 2 tablespoons
  • Tomato juice (protects against UV rays) – 2 tablespoons

Step 1. Combine lemon juice and tomato juice

use lemon to get rid of dark spots with tomato juice
Add lemon and tomato juice in a bowl
  • Pour 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice into a bowl.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of tomato juice.

Step 2. Mix well & apply the blend daily

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Blend properly and apply every day to remove dark spots from skin
  • Mix the two ingredients to get a uniform solution.
  • Use a cotton swab to apply the blend to your dark spots.
  • Let it work on your skin for 10 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with plain water and pat your skin dry.
  • Apply a mild moisturizer.

Repeat once daily to treat your dark spots and protect your skin from further damage. 

Method 6: Lemon & Oatmeal

Lemon can also be combined with oatmeal to slough off dead skin cells, revealing a new layer of skin and thus reducing dark spots. The saponins found in the oatmeal act as a natural skin cleanser.

Both ingredients help exfoliate the top layer of your skin, while lemon additionally works as a bleaching agent.

 Things you’ll need:

things needed to use lemon to get rid of dark spots with oatmeal

  • Lemon juice (bleaching agent) – 2 tablespoons
  • Ground oatmeal (exfoliant) – 2 tablespoons

Single-Step Treatment: Mix oatmeal and lemon juice & apply it daily on the spots

use lemon to get rid of dark spots with oatmeal
Combine oatmeal and lemon juice; apply daily to reduce dark spots
  • Mix 2 tablespoons each of ground oatmeal and fresh lemon juice in a container.
  • Let the mixture sit for 2 to 3 minutes. This allows the oatmeal to soak up the lemon juice and soften up.
  • Pick up some of the soaked oatmeal on a cotton swab and apply it on your dark spots.
  • Leave it on for 30 minutes.
  • Massage the blend gently on the spots, then rinse it off with water.

Use this remedy once daily to treat your dark spots and enjoy smoother skin. 

Method 7: Lemon & Yogurt

Lemon and yogurt can come together to form a natural cleansing pack for your hyperpigmented skin. Both lemon and yogurt contain enzymes that dissolve dead skin cells to reveal fresh and blemish-free skin. The citric acid in lemon and lactic acid in yogurt also help lighten the skin naturally.

Both lemon and yogurt are also excellent antibacterial agents that prevent any microbial growth on your skin.

Things you’ll need:

things needed to use lemon to get rid of dark spots with yogurt

  • Lemon juice (cleanses and lightens skin) – 1 tablespoon
  • Plain yogurt (cleanses and lightens skin) – 2 tablespoons

Step 1. Combine yogurt and lemon juice

use lemon to get rid of dark spots with yogurt
Add lemon juice and yogurt in a bowl
  • Pour 1 tablespoon of lemon juice into a bowl.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt.

Step 2. Mix well & apply the blend to your dark spots daily

mix well and apply to use lemon to get rid of dark spots with yogurt
Mix [properly and apply the prepared paste to the affected skin patches
  •  Mix the ingredients well to get a uniform paste.
  • Apply the paste to your dark spots using a cotton swab.
  • Leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse it off with plain water.
  • Follow with a light moisturizer.

You can refrigerate the remaining paste for up to 1 week.

Repeat once daily to see visible improvement in just a few days. Continue using it for 2 to 3 months to get rid of dark spots completely.

Method 8: Lemon & Aloe Vera Gel 

Another incredibly simple way to remove dark spots with lemon juice is by combining it with aloe vera gel. While lemon juice reduces melanin and lightens skin tone, aloe vera helps repair skin damage. It boosts the production of fibroblast cells in the skin to replace damaged skin with fresh skin cells. Aloe vera also hydrates the skin and reduces sun damage.  

If you need help, you can learn how to make your own aloe vera gel. 

Things you’ll need:

things needed to use lemon to get rid of dark spots with aloe vera gel

  • Lemon juice (lightens skin) – 1 tablespoon
  • Aloe vera gel (repairs skin damage) – 1 tablespoon

Single-Step Method: Mix lemon juice and aloe vera gel and apply daily

use lemon to get rid of dark spots with aloe vera gel
Apply a paste of lemon juice and aloe vera gel to get rid of acne
  • Put 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel in a bowl.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of freshly extracted lemon juice to it.
  • Mix the two well.
  • Use a cotton swab to apply the blend to your dark spots.
  • Leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse it off with plain water.
  • Apply a light moisturizer.

Repeat once every day for a couple of months to get rid of dark spots for good.  

Method 9: Lemon & Coconut Oil

Lemon along with coconut oil can help reduce as well as prevent dark spots. While the lemon works as a natural bleach, the fatty acids in coconut oil replenish the skin and improve its texture. Additionally, the antioxidants found in coconut oil fight free-radical damage and also form a protective layer on your skin.

Things you’ll need:

things needed to use lemon to get rid of dark spots with coconut oil

  • Lemon juice (lightens skin) – 1 tablespoon
  • Extra-virgin coconut oil (repairs skin damage) – 1 tablespoon

Step 1. Combine lemon juice and coconut oil

use lemon to get rid of dark spots with coconut oil
Add lemon juice and coconut oil in a bowl
  • Pour 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice into a bowl.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin coconut oil.

Step 2. Mix well & apply the blend daily to the dark spots

blend and apply to use lemon to get rid of dark spots with coconut oil
Blend well and apply to fade dark spots naturally
  • Mix the two ingredients well.
  • Using a cotton swab, apply the mix to your dark spots.
  • Leave it on for 20 to 25 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water.

Repeat once daily until your dark spots fade away. 

Method 10: Lemon & Olive Oil

Similar to the previous method, lemon can also be combined with olive oil to get rid of dark spots. Olive oil is rich in omega-9 fatty acids that help deeply moisturize the skin and aid its recovery, while the lemon lightens the spots.

Things you’ll need:

things needed to use lemon to get rid of dark spots with olive oil

  • Lemon juice (lightens skin) – 1 tablespoon
  • Extra-virgin olive oil (moisturizes skin) – 1 tablespoon

Step 1. Mix lemon juice and olive oil

use lemon to get rid of dark spots with olive oil
Combine lemon juice and olive oil
  • Combine 1 tablespoon each of lemon juice and olive oil in a bowl. Use extra-virgin olive oil, as it contains the maximum amount of nutrients.
  • Mix the two well.

Step 2. Apply the blend twice daily on the dark spots

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Do spot treatment twice daily to get rid of dark spots
  • Use a cotton swab to dab the liquid on your dark spots.
  • Leave it on for 15 minutes, then rinse it off with plain water.

Repeat twice daily to get rid of your dark spots completely.  

Method 11: Lemon & Apple Cider Vinegar

There is nothing that apple cider vinegar can’t do. Even for dark spots, a concoction of lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and some water can give great results. The acids in both lemon juice and apple cider vinegar fight the hyperpigmentation, exfoliate the skin and also lighten your complexion. Plus, the apple cider vinegar neutralizes your skin’s pH to prevent breakouts.

Since both ingredients can be harsh on your skin, dilute them with water before applying it on your dark spots.

Note: Since both lemon juice and apple cider vinegar are acidic in nature, do a patch test before application.

Things you’ll need:

things needed to use lemon to get rid of dark spots with apple cider vinegar

  • Lemon juice (lightens skin) – ½ teaspoon
  • Apple cider vinegar (exfoliates skin) – ½ teaspoon
  • Water – 1 tablespoon

Step 1. Combine lemon juice and apple cider vinegar

use lemon to get rid of dark spots with apple cider vinegar
Add lemon juice and apple cider vinegar in a bowl
  • Pour ½ a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice into a container.
  • Add ½ a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to it. Opt for an organic and unfiltered variety, as it is the least processed and contains the essential enzymes.

Step 2. Dilute with water & apply the solution 3 or 4 times weekly

add water and apply to use lemon to get rid of dark spots with apple cider vinegar
Add water and mix well; apply on the affected patches to fade dark spots
  • Add 1 tablespoon of water to dilute the ingredients.
  • Mix them well.
  • Apply the blend to your dark spots using a cotton swab.
  • Leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse it off with plain water.

Repeat 3 or 4 times a week to get rid of dark spots.

Method 12: Lemon & Baking Soda

Lemon juice can be combined with baking soda to form an exfoliating mask for dark spots. The abrasive texture of baking soda will help slough off dead skin cells to reveal a fresh layer of skin, while the lemon will help lighten the spots.

The baking soda will also help kill any bacteria that may be causing breakouts and normalize the pH of your skin. In fact, you can also use baking soda for acne breakouts.

Things you’ll need:

things needed to use lemon to get rid of dark spots with baking soda

  • Lemon wedge (lightens skin) – 1
  • Baking soda (exfoliates skin) – 1 teaspoon

Single-Step Treatment: Apply a lemon juice and baking soda paste on the spots daily

use lemon to get rid of dark spots with baking soda
Prepare and apply a baking soda paste to get rid of dark spots
  • Put 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a small bowl.
  • Squeeze out the juice from a lemon wedge over the baking soda. You want just enough juice to form a thick paste. If needed, add more juice.
  • Mix well and apply the paste on your dark spots.
  •  Leave it on for 3 to 4 minutes, then rinse it off with water.

Repeat once daily until your dark spots are no longer visible.

Method 13: Lemon & Cucumber

A blend of lemon, cucumber, and honey can give your skin a much-needed refreshing boost and also lighten it in the process.

Along with lightening hyperpigmentation, the lemon cleanses the skin’s top layer, helping clear away dead skin cells. The cucumber contains essential minerals and vitamins that hydrate the skin and make it supple. It also has mild bleaching properties. The honey locks in moisture and forms an antibacterial layer on the freshly revealed skin.

Things you’ll need:

things needed to use lemon to get rid of dark spots with cucumber

  • Lemon juice (lightens and cleanses skin) – 1 teaspoon
  • Cucumber juice (hydrates skin) – 1 tablespoon
  •  Honey (locks in moisture) – ½ teaspoon

Step 1. Mix lemon juice, cucumber juice, and honey

use lemon to get rid of dark spots with cucumber and honey
Combine lemon juice, cucumber juice, and honey
  • Pour 1 tablespoon of fresh cucumber juice into a container.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice.
  • Add ½ teaspoon of honey as well.
  • Mix them well.

Step 2. Apply the blend twice daily on your dark spots

blend and apply to use lemon to get rid of dark spots
Blend well and apply twice daily
  • Apply the blend to your dark spots using a cotton swab.
  • Let it sit for 10 minutes, then rinse it off with water.

Apply this blend twice daily to get substantial results in just a few weeks.

Tips

  •  Lemon can make your skin photosensitive. Avoid going out in the sun for 6 to 8 hours after using any of the remedies.
  •  To protect your skin from UV damage, always wear sunscreen when out in the sun. You can even make your own sunscreen.
  • Exfoliate your skin weekly to maintain healthy and clean skin.
  • Remove any makeup and wash your face before hitting the bed.
  • Avoid using a harsh face wash to clean your face. In fact, you can make your own face wash that is skin-friendly.
  • Drink plenty of water every day and include fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet. This will supply your body with essential minerals and vitamins and will also impart a natural glow to your face.
  • If you’re taking medications for a health or skin condition, consult your doctor before using any of the lemon-based remedies to be sure they won’t interfere with your treatment.
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