Individuals may experience darkening of the skin in certain areas due to genetics, sun exposure, certain medications or changes in hormones. Changes in the appearance of your skin should be examined by a doctor to rule out medical causes or more serious underlying conditions. However, dark areas of the skin that are not caused by medical conditions can be lightened at home using products that contain glycerine. Consult a doctor with any questions.

Things You'll Need

Look for skin-bleaching or skin-lightening products that contain glycerine, as this is a moisturizing ingredient that will help protect the skin and even out the skin tone. These products can be purchased at most grocery stores, drugstores or natural health stores.

Wash the skin with a gentle cleanser and warm water. Dry with a soft towel.

Apply a small amount of the skin-lightening cream with a clean, dry applicator such as a cotton pad or cotton swab. Rub into the skin with small, circular motions.

Repeat twice daily until the skin has lightened, and then use once or twice a week for maintenance of the skin.

Protect the skin with sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, as lightening creams will leave the skin more sensitive to the sun and more likely to burn.

Make your own skin-lightening cream by mixing 1 tsp. sodium tetra borate with 2 tsp. glycerine and ¾ cup rose water. These products can be purchased at most drugstores or natural health stores. Apply to skin daily.

Try combining the juice squeezed from a fresh lemon with 1 tsp. glycerine and applying the mixture to the affected skin. Leave the mixture on for 15 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Repeat twice daily until you achieve the desired results.