Post-wound marks, scratches, dark spots, mosquito bites and other such scars on your legs may make you feel embarrassed about exposing your legs in short outfits – no matter how sexy and cute your outfit might be! You would tend to reach out for only full length trousers or dresses from your wardrobe, just to keep those annoying scars hidden. Don’t worry, you are not alone in this! Such scars are inevitable for all of us. But there are a thing or two that we can do to get rid of stubborn scars on the legs permanently! In this post, you will learn how to remove dark spots on legs with natural home remedies or professional products and treatments.
These tips will also help you to remove age spots on legs. Age spots or freckles on skin is a very common skin issue for those in their 40s-50s. They are also commonly known as liver spots. Without wasting any more time, let’s start with the post!
How To Remove Dark Spots On Legs
1. Remove Dark Spots On Legs With Wild Turmeric Pack
A face pack recipe for your legs? Why not I ask!
There is no rule book that says you cannot use a DIY spot removal face pack on your legs! After all, the skin on your face and legs is exactly the same. Try out this wild turmeric pack to lighten the dark spots on your legs!
You will need:
- 1 tablespoon of Wild Turmeric Powder (available in stores as well as online on Amazon India (Rs.175/-) and Amazon.com ($6.40 USD)
- 2 tablespoon of Raw Milk
How this turmeric pack will work on the dark spots
Wild turmeric is not like your regular turmeric powder that you use in your kitchen to add a nice colour and flavour to your Indian dishes! It is a bit different from the regular turmeric powder which is used in the Indian kitchens.
Wild turmeric, which is known as Kasturi Haldi, Ambi Haldi or Kasturi Manjal in Hindi, is a wonderful skin lightening and skin rejuvenating ingredient. It naturally has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help you with mosquito bites on your legs.
By mentioning “skin lightening”, I only want to imply that it can help you to lighten up the scars, dark spots, sun tan and age spots on your legs. You can use this DIY just like you would use a typical wash-off face pack.
Apply it on the areas where you have dark spots on your legs, keep it on for about 20-25 minutes, and then wash off with warm water – that’s all! Try this DIY once a week and you will start to see noticeable results in a month itself!
2. Remove Dark Spots On Legs With Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E oil is very potent in removing dark spots and scars. With its regular use, you can fade out just any kind of blemishes on your skin very easily!
You can get vitamin E oil in the form of capsules. You just need to poke a hole in the capsule to take out the oil. After that, gently massage it in on the areas where you have the blemishes. Do this at night before you hit the bed so that your skin gets an ample amount of time to absorb the oil properly. You may also buy a bottle of Vitamin E oil if it starts working for you. Here’s an option: Health Priority 100% Natural Organic Vitamin E Oil.
Alternatively, Instead of using Vitamin E oil directly, you may also use any other kind of Vitamin E enriched oil which you might have readily available. Take olive oil for example!
3. Remove Dark Spots On Legs With Exfoliation
Exfoliation is always very helpful in reducing dark spots and scars as it removes the old layers of the skin i.e. the dead skin cells and promotes the growth of new, healthy skin cells. This process of shedding old, dead skin cells and regenerating new ones is a natural process, but exfoliation just speeds it up for you!
There are three ways to exfoliate your skin.
i) With a Loofah and a Body wash
Take a dollop sized amount of body wash on your loofah and use it to exfoliate your skin with very gentle hands. Don’t be harsh with your loofah otherwise your skin might get irritated!
ii) With a Physical Scrub
Physical scrubs have tiny bits in them that help to exfoliate your skin and slough away the dirt, oil, dead skin cells, etc,. This kind of exfoliation is also referred as manual exfoliation as it requires you to use scrubbing action on your skin.
You can buy a gentle body scrub from the market that can help to remove dark spots on legs. Or, you can make it at home and save some bucks! The best natural scrub that you can make at home is the oatmeal and milk one. Just take raw milk and oatmeal in equal quantities and use the mixture to exfoliate your skin.
If you are not a fan of DIYs, here are some of my suggestions for scrubs:
- Shea Moisture Exfoliating Hand & Body Sugar Scrub
- St. Ives Nourished & Smooth Body Scrub Oatmeal
- The Body Shop Mango Body Scrub Exfoliator
These two are the best ones available in India:
- Boutique Bio Papaya Revitalizing Scrub
- Fabindia Neem Tulsi Face & Body Scrub
iii) With a Chemical Scrub
Acid scrub or chemical scrub may sound a bit scary, but don’t worry – once you would do a proper research about them, you would not find them that scary!
A chemical scrub is basically made up of gentle acids that “remove the top layers of the skin by weakening the lipids that bond them together, thus removing dull and dead skin cells and revealing healthy skin cells.” (Source: Dendy Engelman, M.D / Self.com)
There are different types of chemicals that are used in such scrubs. The most popular one is glycolic acid, but it is not suitable for those with dry skin. People with dry skin can use lactic acid based chemical exfoliant.
Here are some top chemical scrubs you can find online:
- Olay Regenerist Microdermabrasion & Peel System Microdermabrasion Treatment
- Pixi Glow Tonic
- The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + Ha 2%
- DERMALOGICA Daily Microfoliant
- Innisfree Green Barley Gommage Peeling Mask
P.S. – it isn’t recommended to use scrubs on active acne, wounds or mosquito bites as they might irritate them further. Use the scrubs only on dark spots, scars and sun tan.
4. Remove Dark Spots On Legs With Natural Ubtans
Ubtans are age-old Indian beauty secrets that are alive and much-praised to this date. In simple terms, ubtans are home made packs for your skin that are made with natural ingredients. They are usually made in a powdered form and during their use, one can add milk, plain water or rose water – just either of these liquid mediums to make a thick paste which can be used on the skin.
Try out the following natural ubtans to remove dark spots and scars on legs:
Gram Flour, Turmeric, Curd and Lemon Ubtan
- 2 tablespoons of Gram Flour
- 1 teaspoon of Turmeric (preferably wild turmeric)
- 1 tablespoon of Curd (yoghurt)
- Half lemon juice
Red Lentils and Milk Ubtan
- 2 tablespoons of Powdered Red Lentils
- 1 tablespoon of Milk
Sandalwood Powder and Rose Water Ubtan
- 1 tablespoon of Sandalwood Powder
- 1 tablespoon of Rose Water
5. Remove & Soothe Mosquito Bites With Essential Oils
Don’t even get me started about mosquito bites – they are just plainly annoying! I live in a place which is almost a jungle, so my home gets infested with mosquitoes every now and then. Most of the times, I get mosquito bites on my legs and they end up turning into weird purple scars. I have found out that essential oils work very effectively in soothing itchy mosquito bites! They provide you instant relief and also reduce the swelling on the bites. Here are some of the best essential oils for mosquito bites:
- Tea Tree Essential Oil
- Rosemary Essential Oil
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- Neem Essential Oil
6. Remove Dark Spots On Legs With Scar Removal Creams
If nothing else is working for your dark spots on legs, you should consider seeing a dermatologist. They will recommend you the best scar removal creams or treatments that would surely help you. There are some over the counter scar creams and oils available in the market that you can buy without a prescription. Here are some of them;
- Bio Oil (also available on Amazon India)
- Mederma Advanced Scar Gel (also available on Amazon India)
- LDREAMAM Scar Treatment
- HoneyDew Scar Removal Cream
- Kelo-cote Gel
For a more effective and fast treatment, you may also use a skin bleaching cream for scars on legs. Although, try to give priority to natural products first!
7. Professional Scar And Dark Spots Removal Treatments For Legs
Dermabrasion For Dark Spots On Legs
In Dermabrasion treatment, the upper layer of your skin is exfoliated using a rotating diamond wheel or a rotating wire brush. This treatment is done by only qualified surgeons. It removes the top layer of the skin and encourages the growth of new skin cells. This treatment is best to remove age spots on legs and from the other parts of your body.
Laser Treatment For Dark Spots On Legs
Similarly, In a laser treatment for dark spots on legs, the scar tissues are burnt, thus, encouraging the fresh and new skin growth.
Chemical Peels For Dark Spots On Legs
Don’t get confused! Chemical scrubs and chemical peels are two different things. Chemical scrubs can be used by anyone at home, but chemical peels are recommended to be used by professionals only. This method is particularly useful for reducing hyperpigmentation and age spots on legs.
Out of all of these different ways to remove scars on legs, I feel that using a chemical scrub would give you the best and faster results. Just make sure that whichever chemical scrub you buy, you do a patch test first before using it on your skin. Also, don’t use it on active wounds, scratches or acne else your skin might get badly irritated! Besides that, using a cream to remove dark spots on legs is also a great option!
I hope that you all find this post helpful! If you know of any other working remedies to remove dark spots on legs then, please do share them with me in the comments section below.
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