Hyper-pigmentation is the term for the reddish-brown spots that are left after a pimple has gone away. For many, these dark spots will fade away within about four months. However, it’s possible for the marks to remain for more than one year. The dark spots caused by pimples are likely to remain longer if your skin is exposed to sunlight. There are several ways to get rid of the hyper-pigmentation. Some of the methods can be done at home using natural products while others may require a prescription from a physician.

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Use a skin care product that contains alpha hydroxy acids. Alpha hydroxy acids are used in a vast number of skin care products. They help to remove dark spots by assisting with shedding old skin cells to reveal newer, healthier skin. For best results, products containing alpha hydroxy acids should be applied to the skin nightly. If you have sensitive skin, begin by applying it every other night until your skin is able to tolerate daily use.

Apply lemon juice to your dark spots. Lemon juice contains copious amounts of citric acid. It is a natural skin exfoliator which promotes the fading of dark spots caused by pimples. You can use lemon juice that is sold at the store or just squeeze juice from a lemon. Put one to two tablespoons of lemon juice in a bowl. Add one teaspoon of water to dilute it. Apply the lemon juice to dark spots every evening. You will likely see results within two weeks to one month. If your skin is sensitive, apply lemon juice every other night rather than nightly.

Obtain a prescription for Retin-A. It is a true powerhouse in the world of skincare. However, it can only be obtained with a prescription. Dermatologist Dr. Joel L. Cohen says Retin-A works better than anything else that is used to treat acne and hyper-pigmentation. It fades dark spots quickly because it makes the skin cells turn over rapidly. It’s best to speak with your dermatologist about the best strength to use and the recommended frequency of use.

Consider microdermabrasion treatments to get rid of dark spots. There are at-home microdermabrasion treatments that are sold in stores but dermalogists say to avoid those and opt for treatments done by a dermatologist or esthetician. Microdermabrasion is an effective treatment for dark spots, as it also increases cell turnover. The number of sessions will depend on your skin, as well as your finances.


  • Do not attempt to do multiple treatments at one time.