The nine home remedies listed below can lighten dark areas on the neck, face, and other parts of the body. Exfoliating using alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs) on a regular basis can make skin smoother, softer, and brighter. They aid in the treatment of pigmentation, fine wrinkles, excess sebum, dead skin cells, and pore blockage, as well as the removal of existing blackheads and whiteheads and the enhancement of skin texture. AHAs and BHAs also remove debris and makeup from the skin. The most frequent AHAs are glycolic and lactic acids, while salicylic acid is the most common BHA.
Several over-the-counter products are available that include one or more of these acids in varying strengths and are safe to use on a daily basis. Cleaning the neck and face twice a day using a cleanser that contains these acids can help to enhance the skin. AHAs and BHAs can also help people with dry skin. There are also toners, serums, and masks that include one or both salicylic and glycolic acid. Because some persons are allergic to AHAs and BHAs, they should only use it once or twice a week, or start with a little dose (1-2%) and gradually increase the intensity. It should be stopped if allergic reactions occur. Several over-the-counter topical treatments contain chemicals that lighten and improve the texture of the skin. Important components to look for are AHAs, BHAs, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E. By eliminating excess sebum, debris, and dead skin cells, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) can help diminish pigmentation and fine wrinkles. Keeping the skin hydrated softens it and encourages cell turnover, giving it a brighter appearance.