Ever wondered about the stark difference between the skin color of your face and that of your neck? The dark neck is quite a common skin problem for many of us and this is primarily caused because of the lack of proper skin care. We pay too much of attention on our face like timely facial and massages, but our neck which is right below the face tends to get ignored. The dark neck can be terribly bad as it can spoil your overall look and personality. And if you are wondering about how to get rid of dark neck quickly at home using simple yet effective home remedies, then I have got you covered. I have dealt with the dark neck and I am happy to share a few of the most effective home remedies that can help you to get rid of dark neck fast and easily at home.
Having a dark skin has nothing to do with infection and is neither contagious most of the time. But it is definitely a huge turn off when it comes to appearance. No matter how much glowing your face is, having a dark neck gives an impression of you maintaining a very poor hygiene.
Thankfully, there are remedies that can help you to get rid of dark neck. However, do not expect these remedies to do wonder in just a couple of application. You may not get results overnight, but if you diligently follow these natural remedies, you will be able to get rid of dark neck within a few weeks.
Dark neck causes
Poor hygiene and lack of proper care of the skin around your neck are considered to be the main reason for having a dark neck. But, there are other reasons as well that contributes to your neck getting darker.
Since you want to get rid of dark neck completely, it’s better to know about the causes as that may help you to avoid and prevent it from occurring, or even if it has occurred, you may prevent it from worsening.
Listed below are the major causes of dark neck:
- Poor hygiene is definitely the main contributor to it. Over the time, the accumulation of the dust, dirt, dead skin cells all lead to your neck becoming many tones darker than your facial skin tone. You need to clean and scrub the skin around your neck to get rid of the darkness.
- Exposure to the harmful UV rays for long period of time is another reason behind the neck region turning very dark.
- The environmental pollutants also harm the skin and cause darkening of it.
- Many a times, you use commercial cosmetics or skin care products that contain chemicals in them which often react with the skin and leads to darkening of it.
- Obese people are more prone to having skin darkening issue around the neck. If you are overweight, please make efforts and try to get back in shape.
- Diabetes is also known to cause it.
- Although, most of the time the darkening of the skin is due to the above-mentioned factors, many a times, fungal infections or eczema cause skin pigmentation or skin darkening around the neck.
- A hormonal condition called Acanthosis Nigricans is also a factor known to cause skin darkening around the neck and also on the other parts of your body.
Now, that you have known about the common causes of dark neck, I am sure you’ll be able to find what’s causing the problem in your case. If it is due to a medical condition, then please consult a good doctor. But if it due to other causes like sun exposure, poor hygiene, etc., then you may like to try some of these home remedies to get rid of a dark neck. These remedies have worked for me and I am sure it’s going to work for you as well.
Home remedies to get rid of dark neck easily at home
A flawless glowing face and a very dark neck is definitely not a good combination. And if you are frustrated with the problem of dark neck, then worry not, because there are natural remedies you can use to lighten your skin around the neck.
There are many natural ingredients which have natural skin lightening or bleaching abilities. And when you use these natural ingredients correctly, you’ll be able to get rid of it fast and easily.
Listed below are a few of the best and time tested natural home remedies that’ll help you to get rid of dark neck easily at home:
Aloe vera remedy for dark neck
Aloe Vera is a magical natural ingredient which is very effective against a lot of skin issues including the problem of dark neck. The main reason why it is so much recommended in treating dark neck is because of the presence of aloesin in it which is nothing but a flavonoid that helps in lightening the tone of the skin by inhibiting the enzyme activity which otherwise causes skin pigmentation. Aloe Vera has many skin and hair benefits because it has essential fatty acids, minerals and Vitamins that keeps the skin very much nourished and hydrated. So, it is safe to assume that with aloe vera your skin gets complete care and protection and slowly the darkness around your neck start to disappear.
How to use: Take an Aloe leaf and then cut it open and extract the gel out of it. Now, using the gel, scrub the skin around your neck for about a few minutes. Then after 10 minutes, wash off your skin. To get the maximum benefit in lightening the dark neck, you should repeat this remedy on a regular basis.
Almond oil remedy for dark neck
In case you thought that Almond oil is just beneficial for your hair, then think again, because you can also use it to get rid of dark neck. This oil contains Vitamin E which keeps your skin rejuvenated and smooth. It also has a bleaching effect on your skin which along with its sclerosant properties is very much effective in improving the skin tone and the complexion around your neck.
Although optional, but you may use tea tree oil in this remedy as well. This is because it is very effective in improving the circulation of the blood and also heals any blemishes or scars. However, if your skin is too sensitive, you may skip using tea tree oil here.
How to use: At first, thoroughly clean your neck using soap and water. Pat it dry. Then take a few drops of almond oil and about 1-2 drops of tea tree oil (optional), mix them and massage them on and around your neck for about 10-15 minutes in circular motion. You can rinse your skin with lukewarm water or use a cotton ball to remove the oil from your skin.
This is a great remedy and if you apply it on a daily basis, I am sure you will be highly benefitted in getting rid of dark neck.
Potato juice remedy to get rid of dark neck
One of the other most effective natural home remedies to get rid of a dark neck is potato juice remedy. This is recommended because the potato juice has bleaching properties that helps to lighten the dark tone of the skin around your neck. Not just the tone, if there are any scars and blemishes, they will also start fading very soon.
How to use: Take 1 small potato, grate it and extract the juice out of it. Apply the juice on your neck and allow it to dry for 10-15 minutes. After that, rinse the skin using lukewarm water. I want you guys to repeat the remedy one or two times regularly for quick results.
Oatmeal scrub to get rid of dark neck
If your neck darkening is a result of the accumulation of dead skin cells, then the oatmeal scrub remedy is going to be a great choice for you. It scrubs off all the dead skin cells and keeps your skin clean. Also, it moisturizes the area and removes the dryness that otherwise might be leading to the skin darkening around your neck.
To intensify the good effects of this remedy, you may like to add tomato juice and olive oil or rosewater in to it.
How to use: Take ¼ cup of oats, 1 tablespoon of tomato juice and some amount of rosewater or olive oil as per your preference. At, first you need to grind the oats to make it into a course powder (just be a bit careful not to grind it into a fine powder as that will lead to its exfoliating properties getting lost which is not at all desired) and then mix the tomato juice and rose water/olive oil into it.
After that, apply the mixture on your neck evenly and allow it to stay for about 20 minutes. Then go and wet your fingertips and start the scrubbing in a very gentle manner. After that, wash the skin with cold water. Pat it dry.
It is best if you use this remedy 2-3 times on a weekly basis as that will give you faster results in getting rid of dark neck.
Yogurt remedy to get rid of dark neck
Yogurt remedy is one of the best home remedies to get rid of dark neck. And, when it is combined with lemon juice the good effects magnify. This is because yogurt is rich in natural enzymes which jointly works with the acids present in the lemon juice and lightens the dark skin around your neck. Yogurt also contains healthy fats that keeps the skin smooth and nourished.
How to use: Take around 1-2 tablespoons of yogurt and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Mix the two ingredients well and then apply the mixture around your neck. Allow it to stay for about 20 minutes and then wash off using water.
For the maximum benefits, it is best if you repeat this remedy once every day.
Turmeric remedy for dark neck
Turmeric is another magical ingredient with innumerable health and skin benefits. And, you can surely use it to lighten the skin tone around your neck. Turmeric has the skin brightening properties and it is also responsible for repairing the damaged skin cells, thanks to it’s excellent healing properties.
The main reason behind turmeric being so effective in skin lightening is due to the presence of curcumin in it that has already been proven to be very potent in treating various skin concerns. So, it’s a must try remedy and you can use yogurt in this remedy for faster and better results.
How to use: Take around 1-2 tablespoon of plain yogurt and ¼ the teaspoon of turmeric powder. Mix the two well and then apply the paste on the skin around your neck. Keep it for about 15 minutes and then wash it off using lukewarm water.
It is advisable that you repeat it on a regular basis for fast improvements.
Shea butter remedy for dark neck
You can easily use either shea butter or cocoa butter to get rid of the dark skin around your neck. The reason why these ingredients are recommended is because both of them have got hydrating and nourishing properties which keeps your skin very healthy. They are also rich in healthy fatty acids which can keep your skin very soft and supple. And, due to the presence of Vitamin A and Vitamin E, both shea butter and cocoa butter helps in de-pigmentation. So, if you use them around your neck, you will see visible reduction in the darkness of the skin and also of the dark patches if any.
How to use: Take adequate amount of organic shea butter or coca butter and apply it on your neck (make sure your neck is clean). Massage for about 3-4 minutes and then let it stay to get naturally absorbed by your skin.
It is best if you apply shea butter or cocoa butter every night before you are going to sleep. Trust me, you are going to see fast improvements and also your skin will turn very smooth and soft.
Vitamin E oil for dark neck
Vitamin E oil is another remedy that you can try in order to get rid of your dark neck. The reason why it is recommended is because Vitamin E oil inhibits the enzyme tyrosinase which in turn, has a depigmenting effect on your skin. It is also a humectant which keeps your skin hydrated.
How to use: You need to take about 3-4 Vitamin E capsules. Carefully pierce them and transfer the oil present inside them into a container. After that, apply the oil around your neck, massage it gently for few minutes and then allow it to get naturally absorbed by your skin.
Repeat the Vitamin E oil remedy on a regular basis. Apply it before going to bed and then keep it nightlong. You will see the results very soon.
Using ubtan to get rid of dark neck
The famous Indian ubtan remedy is a great one for treating your dark neck issue. In case you are not aware of what it is, then let me tell you it is actually the skin care pack that brides use to brighten their skin tone before the wedding day. The main ingredients here are besan or chick pea flour, rose water or yogurt, turmeric and lemon juice. If you use ubtan on a regular basis, it will exfoliate your skin, remove all of the dirt and impurities present, tighten and you get skin free from dark patches and pigmentation. Try it out yourself and see the results on your own.
How to use: Take around 2 tablespoons of besan, ½ teaspoon of lemon juice, a pinch of turmeric and some rose water or plain yogurt. Now, mix all of these ingredients and make a paste of medium consistency out of them. Apply the paste on your neck evenly and then after keeping it for about 15 minutes, rinse with lukewarm water. Apply Ubtan twice a week to get maximum benefits in treating dark neck or skin.
Apple cider vinegar for dark neck
Apple cider vinegar or ACV is another alternative you can keep in mind when it comes to lightening the skin tone around your neck. The main reason why it is so effective is because it balances the pH level of your skin and brings a healthy natural glow on your skin.
It also helps in removing the dead skin cells from your skin that has so long accumulated in the skin and made it look darker. Moreover, ACV has exfoliating properties thanks to the presence of malic acid in it.
How to use: Take around 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 4 tablespoons of water and a cotton ball. At first, dilute ACV with water and then apply the mixture on your neck using a cotton ball. Let it stay for about 10 minutes and then wash it off using water. Repeat the remedy on alternate days for maximum benefits.
However, please make it a point to moisturize your skin after using the ACV remedy as at times it may dehydrate the skin a little.
Baking soda to treat dark neck
One of the other effective home remedies to get rid of a dark neck is by using baking soda. It will remove all the dead skin cells from your neck giving it a very clean and glowing look. Moreover, baking soda also promotes proper circulation which is very much helpful in nourishing your skin from within. If you use the baking soda remedy every day for a week, you will start seeing the results very clearly.
How to use: Take around 2-3 tablespoon of baking soda and mix enough water with it in order to get a very smooth paste. Now, apply the mixture on your neck and allow it to dry. Once it has dried, scrub the paste off using your wet fingers. Then rinse the skin using water. Pat it dry and then moisturize the area.
Over to you: how do you deal with dark neck?
Even if dark neck is not a big skin concern, but it certainly looks ugly and unhygienic. The darker neck can easily become the cause embarrassment and it may appear as if you are unhygienic.
We often forget to take care of the neck region even though we do not forget to take care of our face. However, there may be other reasons as well that may cause dark neck. No matter whatever the cause is behind the dark color of the skin around your neck, you can get rid of it easily.
I have already shared a list of 11 most effective and natural remedies that works magically in removing dark neck. If you are tired of usual scrubing without any result, and you wondering what can you do to get rid of dark neck naturally, then you must try the remedies as we have discussed above.
Since the ingredients used in these remedies are all natural, it’s safe for application, as there are many reports and studies that say these remedies have skin brightening and healing properties. Some of the natural ingredients used in the remedies:
- Aloe vera
- Almond oil
- Potato juice
- Oatmeal scrub
- Yogurt remedy
- Shea butter
- Apple cider vinegar
- Baking soda
So as you can see, these ingredients are readily available, good for skin in general and also it does not cost much. So try these remedies properly and I am sure you will be able to get rid of dark neck faster and without any concern.
Have you ever tried any of these remedies for dark neck or for other skin issues? Feel free to share your experience by commenting below.
Stay beautiful, stay happy.
Eliana the chief editor at bodyandbeans is a professional yoga instructor and a fitness freak. She has done her master’s in history from Kolkata University. She is passionate about healthy eating and living practices.