Black Spots on Body: Causes and Home Remedies for Dark Spots on Body

Having black spots on body could be embarrassing not to mention awkward because of the unnecessary attention you will get out of the unwanted sight. Getting rid of them would be your initial intention. Before treating those black spots on body, it would be better for you to determine its causes.

Causes of Black Spots on Body

Some of the usual causes of black spots on body include:

  • Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight results to production of melanin, making the exposed body area form flat patches and painless lesions. Most dark and brown spots appear on the neck and face as they are more exposed to sunlight.
  • Black spots on body are also called liver spots. This can happen as a result of small lesions due to constant shaving on a specific area such as armpits, chin, and mustache area.
  • Natural aging process
  • Physiological deficiencies
  • Freckles

Natural Treatment and Remedies for Dark Spots on Body

Before you take any step to treat and get rid of your black spots on body, you should get the opinion of a dermatologist to ascertain the cause of the dark spots on your body. If a dermatologist is not available, you can apply the following home treatment:

  • Prepare a mixture of paste of tomato and fresh lime juice.
    Apply the solution topically on the affected area and leave it for 15 to 20 minutes. Apply the paste twice every day till the black spot lighten.
  • Get a clove of garlic and cut it into two. Slightly pound the garlic to allow the juice to ooze out. Rub the juice to the black spots on body. Garlic has anti-inflammatory and whitening components known to lighten dark skin areas.
  • Boil a few leaves of basil in water. You can add rose water in the solution if you like. Let it cool down and apply the water on the darkened skin parts.


  1. OA said:

    My father has small black spots all over his body. He works in the yard most of the time. He is 71 years of age. He has been taking medicines from a dermatologist. Are those black spots contagious? Is this condition dangerous for his health?

    August 3, 2013
    • PUP said:

      There are many reasons for such black spots. This spots can be hyper pigmentation due to aging. It can be due to some skin disease or systemic problem. Since he is taking treatment from dermatologist he must have diagnosed the condition. It is difficult to say if the condition is contagious or dangerous without knowing other associated symptoms. You have to ask his dermatologist for this.

      August 5, 2013
  2. KG said:

    I have dark spots all around my body and mainly in and around ankles of my leg. First a small pimple like eruption came and then it became flat dark spot. I consulted a dermatologist and she gave me some medicine but the dark spot is still there. What can be done?

    May 18, 2018
    • PUP said:

      Dark spots can occur due to various reasons. Is the spot flat or like an eruption. What is the diagnosis of the dermatologist after examining the spot? Such hyperpigmentation can develop due to local causes or even systemic condition.

      August 7, 2018

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