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Dark spots on the toes and skin are most commonly caused by years of sun exposure, according to MayoClinic.com 2. Spots can appear in a variety of colors, though they are typically gray, brown or black. While all spots should be checked by a qualified dermatologist to rule out a serious medical problem, there are some easy ways to remove dark spots from toes and skin.
Exfoliate Your Skin Properly
According to Beauty-Advices.com, a website designed to provide accurate information about skin and hair care, exfoliating your skin properly to remove dead skin cells is an important part of preventing dark spots on the skin. Without proper exfoliation, sebaceous oil naturally produced by your body can build up and clog the pores, making your skin look blotchy or develop dark patches and spots. Beauty-Advices.com recommends looking for products that contain alpha hydroxy acid, beta hydroxy acid and Retin-A because they draw pigmented cells to the surface of the skin and remove them.
Parsley and Fresh Lemon Juice
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Parsley and fresh lemon juice is a common home remedy to get rid of dark spots on the skin. To make this mixture, chop one bunch of fresh parsley into large pieces and place it in a sauce pan with 1 cup of water. Boil the water for 15 minutes and strain the mixture into a clean bowl. Add 5 tbsp. of freshly squeezed lemon juice to the strained parsley and use a cotton pad to apply the mixture to your toes. Leave the mixture on your skin for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing it off. Transfer the rest of the mixture to a clean container with a tight-fitting top for storage in the refrigerator. Discard the mixture after five days.
- Parsley and fresh lemon juice is a common home remedy to get rid of dark spots on the skin.
- Boil the water for 15 minutes and strain the mixture into a clean bowl.
Almond, Honey and Cream Scrub
A scrub made of raw almonds, honey and cream can get rid of dark spots on the skin, according to the website Home Remedies 1. Combine 1 tbsp. of crushed almonds with 1 tsp. honey and 2 tsp. cream to make a moderately thick paste. Gently scrub the mixture onto your toes for two to three minutes before rinsing with cool water and washing with a gentle soap. You can apply your regular moisturizer to the area after treatment if the scrub causes any dryness. Store unused portions of the almond, honey and cream scrub in the refrigerator for up to seven days.
- A scrub made of raw almonds, honey and cream can get rid of dark spots on the skin, according to the website Home Remedies 1.
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