BODY CARE

5 Ways to Lighten a Dark Neck

Many women take very good care of their skin, often pampering their faces and using only the best on it. Somehow, it is easy to forget all about the neck that gets almost the same amount of exposure to everything as the skin on the face does, until you finally look at yourself properly in the mirror and notice that something isn’t quite right; you have noticed that your neck is a lot darker than it used to be. This type of darkening of the skin in certain areas is known as hyperpigmentation.

Causes of black neck

Darkening of the neck may be caused by various conditions including the following:

  • Poor hygiene
  • Prolonged sun exposure
  • Chemicals present in skincare and cosmetic products
  • Pollution in the environment
  • Diabetes or obesity
  • Fungal infections
  • Hormonal conditions like Acanthosis Nigricans
  • Eczema

5- Make a paste out of baking soda.

Mix several tablespoons of baking soda with a bit of water, just until it thickens into a paste. Apply the baking soda paste to the areas of discoloration on your neck and let it sit for approximately 15 minutes. Then wash it off with water.

  • You can repeat this process several times a week as long as your skin does not become too sensitive.
  • The baking soda paste will also act as a good exfoliant as you wash it off your neck area.

4- Moisturize with cocoa butter.

Cocoa butter is a great moisturizing agent that can be used daily, even for sensitive skin. Apply cocoa butter to the darkened portions of your neck twice every day until you start to see results.

  • Continue using cocoa butter regularly to prevent your neck from darkening again.
  • Cocoa butter is a good solution for people with dry hair and skin, but people with oily skin may experience breakouts or oily hair.

3- Make a honey and lemon mixture.

Combine three tablespoons of honey and two teaspoons of lemon juice. Honey and lemon juice are both known to have skin lightening properties. Apply the mixture to the darker portions of your neck and let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing it off.

  • Alternatively, you could add tomato pulp to honey and apply it topically to your neck.

2-Rub cucumbers on your neck.

Sliced cucumbers can act as natural exfoliants for your skin. Simply slice a cucumber and gently rub one side of the slice all along the affected areas on your neck.

  • You can also apply cucumber juice or grated cucumbers to your neck and let it sit.
  • For extra lightening effects, you can try adding a few drops of lemon juice to the cucumber as you rub it on your skin. Wait 10-15 minutes after you finish exfoliating before you wash off the remainder of the lemon juice

1-Bathe regularly with antibacterial soap.

Since a dark neck can often stem from poor hygiene, it’s important to bathe often – especially if you begin exhibiting symptoms. Use antibacterial soap on all areas of your body, including your neck, and rinse thoroughly to remove any soap residue before you finish bathing.

  • Be sure to gently rub the soap on your body, as intense scrubbing could worsen your symptoms.
  • If you are unable to bathe, consider wiping your neck (and other body parts) with a baby wipe to stay somewhat clean.
  • In general, try to bathe at least once every couple of days.