Nothing can be quite as annoying as seeing ugly blemishes like dark spots or acne scars on your skin. These problems can be caused by a number of things such as too much exposure to direct sunlight or using skin products that contain harsh chemicals, or even pregnancy.

Buying products that promise to clear out your blemishes and give you beautiful skin afterwards may not provide you with a lasting solution, mostly because some of these products contain high amounts of hydroquinone which can further damage your skin if used frequently for a long period of time. 
 
But do you know that some edible things that we overlook on a daily basis can actually work wonders for your skin? Plus, they give long lasting results with little or no side effects.

Let's check out some of them below.

1. Potato

Popularly known in Nigeria as 'Irish potato', potatoes contain catecholase, an enzyme which has natural bleaching properties that can lighten dark spots. 

 
2. Lemon

Fresh lemon juice contains citric acid which is a great exfoliant, as well as Vitamin C which helps in the production of collagen giving the skin its elasticity and softness. 

 
3. Bicarbonate of soda

Bicarbonate of soda (otherwise known as baking soda) is perfect for lightening dark spots. It contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that are good for the skin.  

 

4. Yoghurt

Yoghurt contains Alpha Hydroxyl Acid (AHA) and lactic acid, both of which lightens the skin naturally as well as prevents wrinkles and sun damage, making it a perfect remedy for blemish-prone skin.
 
Procedure

Boil one large potato till it's very soft. Peel off the skin and crush it in a bowl to make a smooth paste. Cut your lemon into halves and squeeze the juice from one half into the mashed potato. Add 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda and 2 teaspoons of unsweetened yoghurt. Mix this well till you get a smooth, consistent paste. Apply this mixture on your skin where you need to clear the dark spots. Rub it in properly and allow the mixture to dry on your skin for about 15 minutes, and then rinse off with lukewarm water. You can do this at least twice a week for best results.