Dark skin is pigmentation also known as acanthosis nigricans and usually occurs as a result of aging process or excessive sun exposure. Dark skin is cosmetics issue and most commonly appears on the neck, elbows, knees and armpits. Certain parts of the body don’t have oil glands and that is the reason why the skin is prone to drying.

The armpits become dark as a result of shaving and use of antiperspirants. People who have this issue are ashamed to lift their arms. In order to prevent this, you should carefully choose the cosmetics products you use and always read the labels. Avoid chemicals as they cause damage of your skin.

Below we are going to present you several remedies that are completely natural and will not cause any side effects.

For the neck

  1. Baking soda

Baking soda possesses exfoliating properties and in same time cleanses the skin. In same time, this chemical compound has the ability to erases erases. Prepare paste by mixing baking soda and water (combine 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water) and apply the resulted paste on the neck. Leave it dry and rinse off with lukewarm water. In order to achieve best results use this paste two times a week.

  1. Potato

Potatoes have crystalline content and also contain catecholase that efficiently lightens the skin. Grind one potato and apply the juice on areas of your body where you have dark skin and leave it act for 15 minutes. Another option is to mix potato juice and lemon juice and apply it on your neck. Leave it act for 15 minutes and then rinse off with cold water. You can use this mixture for acne scars, as well. Use potato juice on daily basis.

  1. Aloe vera

Aloe Vera gel is remarkable natural ingredient that nourishes skin. In same time this gel lightens the skin. For this purpose you should apply fresh Aloe Vera gel on dark skin areas and let it act for 20 minutes. Then, rinse off using lukewarm water. Use on daily basis.

For knees and elbows

  1. Milk

Milk contains fat acids and vitamins that are perfect for soothing the skin. In combination with curd, milk will provide you even better effect. You will need: 2 tbsp milk, 1 tbsp curd and 1 tbsp flour. Put the needed ingredients in blender and mix until you get homogenous paste. Apply on your knees and elbows and let it act for 15 minutes. After that, wash it off.

  1. Lemon

Lemon is high in Vitamin C and possesses natural bleaching properties. Lemon juice will remove the dead cells and in same time will even out the new skin cells. Apply fresh lemon juice and let it act about 20 minutes and then rinse off. After that, apply moisturizer. Another option is to mix the lemon juice with honey and repeat the same procedure.

  1. Sugar

You can use sugar as scrub and even out your skin and remove dead cells. Prepare completely natural scrub by mixing equal amounts of olive oil and sugar. Gently rub our skin with the resulted paste and rise off with lukewarm water. This scrub will make your skin irresistibly soft and shiny. Use on daily basis.

  1. Almond

Almond oil is great for the skin. This natural oil contains nutrients that are incredibly beneficial for the skin. All you should do is to massage your skin with warm oil for 5 min. Use this oil regularly, every day.

Another option is to blend 2 tbsp powder almonds and yoghurt and apply the mixture as a paste. Once it dries, with wet fingers gently rub it off. Finally, rinse off with cold water. Utilize the paste every day in period of two weeks.

For armpits

  1. Cucumber

Cucumber will lighten your skin. In same time cucumber has the ability to soothe and cool the skin. You can use it by itself or in combination with lemon or turmeric. Namely, cucumber will cool the skin, the lemon juice will remove dead cells and turmeric will remove the stains. Use cucumber circles to rub your skin and cucumber juice for massage.

  1. Chickpea mask

You will need: 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp yoghurt, 2 tbsp chickpea flour and pinch of turmeric. Put the needed ingredients in bowl and stir until you get homogenous mixture. Apply on your armpits and let it act for 1 hour and then rinse off. This paste will brighten your skin and will make it soft. Utilize on daily basis and once you get the desired results use twice a week.