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Dark skin blemishes, spots and other skin markings are common on some individuals. Such skin spots may be caused by a variety of skin health factors. These include genetics, aging, diet and skin damage caused by the sun's UV rays. Learn how to fade and remove dark skin spots and blemishes to restore your body's youthful look.

Practice proper health routines that offer preventative protection from surface skin damage. Such routines include proper preparation for sun exposure, including avoiding the sun during its peak hours and wearing SPF15+ sunscreen. Additional preventative protection may include applying heavy moisturizer to guard against skin dehydration.

Implement a skin-healthy diet. The surface of the body is the human body's largest organ and may reflect the health qualities of your diet, or lack thereof. Ingest five servings of fruits and vegetables daily, as well as skin-friendly foods such as nuts and fish. Also, drink lots of water to stay hydrated and keep your skin moist. Dry, nutrient-starved skin may be more susceptible to dark skin spots, aging and wrinkles, and skin blemishes.

Consider natural skin remedies to bleach the dark skin spots so that you may fade blemishes and remove any unsightly markings. Natural, pure lemon juice is one of the most popular and accessible natural remedies that fade skin spots. Squeeze a fresh lemon, purchased from your local grocery store or organic farmers' market, into a glass or plastic cup. Dab a large cotton swab or cotton ball in the lemon juice and rub it on the sun spots, skin blemishes, freckles or other skin marks. Repeat twice a day. The natural acids in the lemon juice will naturally fade the freckles, blemishes and sun spots.

Incorporate commercially-formulated anti-aging creams into your daily skincare routine. Ingredients such as peptides, alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and beta hydroxy acid (BHA) have all been clinically tested and proven to assist with fading skin sun spots and blemishes. Helpful ingredients can be found in common anti-aging products, such as Olay's Definity skin product line and Garnier's anti-aging fruit products (see Resources). Apply the skincare creams according to the manufacturer's directions, as each product's usage varies.


  • Apply a combination of commercial and natural anti-aging products to quickly fade and bleach dark skin spots.