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BN Beauty: Get Evenly Beautiful Skin! 5 Fruits Great for Fading Dark Spots & Discolorations



BN Beauty - BellaNaija - January2015_001One of the major problems when it comes to skin is discoloration. From having dark spots and scars to large patches of dark skin, it can be quite unflattering especially when you have to wash off all your makeup.

The skin is the foundation of any makeup look you want to create, and without making sure the foundation is in great condition your masterpiece will not come out well. Think Picasso painting on a rumpled canvass, you get the picture.

First of all, before you find the solution to your skin discoloration, you have to know what causes dark spots and discoloration to begin with.

Discoloration is caused by excess production of melanin (the skin’s natural pigmentation) in certain areas of the skin. This affects the topmost layer of the skin which then leaves you with brown or dark patches due to over/hyper pigmentation. The causes of melanin overproduction ranges from excess sun exposure, poor diet, indigestion, liver problems etc.

Dark spots on the other hand are caused by the scarring of the skin. This can be due to excessive pressure on the skin which can lead to the death and rot of he skin cells in that area. Take for example when you pop a pimple that isn’t ready to be popped; you will end up damaging your skin by killing the skin cells in that area which turn black from rot after a while.

So today to help get rid of these skin problems in the most natural way possible, we are letting you in on 5 fruits that are great for fading dark spots and discoloration.

1. Lime/Lemon


This is probably one of the most popular natural solutions for dark spots and discolorations. The citric acid prominent in limes & lemons are very potent and can lead to the bleaching of the skin causing dark spots and discoloration to fade.

However it is important to make sure your skin is not too sensitive as it could get burned in the process of using the fruit. If you have sensitive skin try mixing it with honey or rose water to dilute its potency.

Also it is important to avoid sunlight while the lime or lemon is on your face; its reaction to sunlight might cause skin burns.



Papaya  is also a great way to lighten discolorations and dark spots. Naturally, papaya contains an enzyme called Papain which is the key lightening ingredient in the fruit and also helps with the smoothing of the skin.

Papaya also contains Vitamin C and other Alpha Hydroxy Acids that help maintain the skin’s PH balance as well as reduce pigmentation which lead to a more even skin tone.

A great way to incorporate this in your beauty routine is to mix mashed papaya with honey or olive oil and massage into your skin for 10 minutes daily. This gives your skin the chance to soak up the lightening enzymes that will brighten the skin. You should begin to see improvements after a few weeks.

3. Oranges


This is another member of the Citrus family that can get rid of discoloration and dark spots. Oranges are high in Vitamin C which help lighten skin and also contains antioxidants and other substances that help improve the skin’s elasticity.

A great way to incorporate this into your beauty routine is to mix 2 tablespoons of fresh orange juice and powdered tumeric. Mix them together until they form a paste and then apply to your face and neck overnight. If you are a ‘tosser and turner’ while sleeping, it’s best you do this earlier then wash off before you sleep. Be sure to let your face air dry so your skin can have some moisture to work with during the night.

4. Tomatoes

These red balls pack a punch when it comes to the antioxidant – Lycopene. This protects your skin from damaging UV rays when you’re in the sun, boosts collagen production which helps keep the skin smooth and firm and repairs skin. In addition it makes the skin brighter with the presence of Vitamin A and C.

A great way to use tomatoes in your skincare routine is to cut a whole tomato in half and rub on your face. Then let it dry and wash off with cold water.

Another great way to use tomatoes for your beauty routine is to sprinkle brown sugar on the other half of the tomato and rub gently on your face. This exfoliates the skin while giving it all the nourishment in the fruit.

5. Strawberries

Strawberries are super fruits that are high in anti-oxidants, Vitamin C and polyphenols such as flavonoids and ellagic acid which help fade dark spots on the skin. They also contain a high concentration of the alpha-hydroxyl acid which helps remove dead skin cells and excess oil on the skin’s surface.

To use a strawberry in your beauty routine, simply soak a cotton ball in fresh strawberry juice and apply on your skin. Leave it on for a few minutes and rinse off thoroughly.


Have a fruity method that has helped you get rid of dark spots and discolorations or a natural method for fading dark spots? Share them with us!

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    January 20, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Oh wow! I found very informative indeed. Storing away needed information…done


  2. jamcy

    January 20, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    gud. i tink i wil giv a trial

  3. jamcy

    January 20, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    hmmm kk

  4. uju

    January 20, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    interesting stuff….

  5. Anon

    January 20, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Bar papaya/pawpaw, the rest are too acidic for my sensitive skin.

    Other good ones are:
    Banana; for acne.
    Mango; for acne.
    Pineapple; best for sunburn. Contains bromelain which fights inflammation and brings comfort to people with sunburn.
    Avocado; for sunburn.
    Goji berries; for sunburn.
    Melons (cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon) are good for age spots.
    Coconut; grate it and extract the juice. Rub on the face for discolouration.

    The best of all is to eat all these fruits. They are free radical scavengers.


    January 20, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    TNX FOR THIS TIP. Should i try with all d listed fruits at the same time or try with one fruit routine?

  7. GR8BABE

    January 20, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    yeah, fruits work wonders!!!

  8. CheliRuby

    January 20, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    On point! my kinna stuff. Why pay more when nature gave it free of charge? Lol

  9. jay

    January 20, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    I have one lemon serum on my shelf. It worked well but the end result was a lighter face and a dark body. Was tempted to bleach my whole skin to make it uniform since my acne won’t go away but it’s just too much trouble. I’ve ditched the serum and my face is back to its original shade now but the acne scars are still there. Does any1 know of any product that fades spots without altering the skin color??

    • honest opinion

      January 20, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      Bleach your whole skin then. The skin should be bleached when there’s need for it and it isn’t self hate. Just make sure you use products with natural ingredients like lemon and orange. My friend had this same issue and she used otentika cream in a tub. You should her skin now..clear as a baby’s and pleasantly lighter too. Thank me never

    • BirminghamBabe

      January 20, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      Pls what’s d cream name she’s using n soap as well. Pls help a sister to glow!! Thanks. Not bleaching.just want to tone my skin a bit. Thanks!!!


    January 20, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Clean eating always pays.

  11. NaijaPikin

    January 20, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    This is a slowwwwwwwww process oh. So dont expect results in 1 week.

    Jay – consider using the serum on your spots only not on the entire face. also check the active ingredients to see if it contains Hydroquinone. Fruit extracts should not cause sure a drastic change.

    • jay

      January 20, 2015 at 7:10 pm doesn’t contain hydroquinone or at least that’s what the pack says..just lemon extract. I’ll consider the spot treatment.

  12. babygiwa

    January 20, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    @honestOpinion hi, did your frnd get the o’tentika cream in Nigeria?

  13. Tunmi

    January 20, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Why is this making me hungry? I miss Naija yogurt

  14. nunu

    January 20, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    @jay,ve been there too,if I use any lemon containing products,my face becomes fanta with coke body. I hated it till I met a cosmetologist that prepared a natural cream for me with no lightening or bleaching property(that’s what I want). I am chocolate and I love it. U can try her too if you want.
    Back to the topic, though I prefer to eat my fruits, a friend did facial with only fruits and she was glowing like angel.

  15. kaya

    January 20, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    i used lemon for about 2weeks on my black booty and it worked. its not cute to be caramel-skinned with a dark chocolate bottom!

  16. amaka

    January 21, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Please,I need to know if we are meant to wash off the lime/lemon off the face after a stipulated time or we can carry it around? Please,I need an answer. Tnx.

    • Ready

      January 21, 2015 at 11:15 am

      “Also it is important to avoid sunlight while the lime or lemon is on your face; its reaction to sunlight might cause skin burns.”

  17. Oyiza

    January 21, 2015 at 11:26 am

    I totally agree with the use of Lemon, it works wonders. you could just put it in a warm water and have a drink…..its very healthy. Pawpaw ermmmmm would need to give that a try, and Oranges …yummy …we all know the importance of that cutie right?? the citric acid is very much recommended for a clearer skin……..thankyouBellanaija

  18. Duchess

    January 21, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Does anyone know of stretch marks and cellulite remedies? I already incorporated drinking water, working out at least thrice a week, and using products with biotin into my regime…… Thanks!

  19. Teri

    January 21, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Yh Otentika is very gud. I have used it for five (5) yrs and still using i have no plans of changing. The price too is gud as compared to almighty makari.

  20. Lisa on Skin brightening

    January 25, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    Beautiful and supple skin is a mixture of internal and external efforts made by people. I am sure these fruits whether inside or outside the body will surely have a great effect on one’s skin.

  21. Brian Roberts

    March 6, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Wow, I had no idea fruit was good for so many things besides eating. Papaya for skin discoloration was a new one to me. Thanks!

  22. kelvin

    April 23, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Pls i need help, i have a lot of pimples on my face which are very painful and ugly ,so wot do i do to get rid of them for good?

  23. annah koboro masha

    August 6, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    i would like to know more about o”tentika and where i can find it please help!!!

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