How to Fade Dark Scars on Legs

Updated on January 6, 2018
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Anti-scar arsenal. What you need to get rid of dark scars on legs.
Anti-scar arsenal. What you need to get rid of dark scars on legs.

How to Fade Dark Scars on Legs

I spent a lot of time finding the best way to fade dark scars on my legs. I used to be the jeans/pants type of girl. That is mostly because I couldn’t fathom the idea of wearing short pants or skirts and showing my scarred legs in the process.

My scars are mostly dark marks. They were caused by a severe case of skin allergies from when I was younger. Now, I really regret the days when I didn’t go the extra mile to take care of my skin. Since showing a bit of skin is the trend, and I enjoy the look and feel as well, I had to look for various ways to fade those dark scars on my legs.

In this article, you'll learn a couple of my secrets on how to fade dark scars on legs or scars on any part of your body for that matter. Good luck!

1. Lemon Juice

I am pretty sure you have already read this tip somewhere. If you haven't tried it yet, do so. It really works! The key to using lemon juice is how and how often you apply it.

  1. First, wash your legs first to get rid of any lingering skin products. Pat your skin dry with a cotton towel. Cut one lemon wedge. This should be enough to treat the scarred area.
  2. Apply the juice gently on the dark scar and use a circular motion when rubbing. Make sure you rub it for at least 30 seconds to allow the citrus juice to penetrate deeper into your skin.
  3. Leave it on your skin for an hour before washing it off.

If you have really dark scars on your legs, I would suggest using this method three times a day for faster results. I used it for three times a day, and I saw results in just two months.

2. Apply a Chinese Whitening Cream

After employing the lemon juice method mentioned above, you should immediately apply a Chinese whitening cream.

What is a Chinese whitening cream? You can find them at any Asian goods or grocery store. They work the best. I've been looking for an effective whitening cream on the market for a while and it wasn't until after spending hundreds of dollars on expensive products that I decided to try the Chinese kind.

Where I live, using Chinese whitening creams is really popular. They work. They instantly lighten up your skin. I decided to try these products out on my scars as well.

  • So, if you can find a Chinese drugstore near you, go ahead and check out the whitening creams Chin Chun Su or Top Gel. These are the best brands. They work like magic.
  • Apply them right after washing the lemon juice off your skin. Make sure you rub the product gently on your dermis to allow it to penetrate deeper.

3. Don’t Expose Your Legs

In the meantime, don't expose your legs. While you are still in the process of fading those dark scars on your legs, you might want to keep them hidden. Stick to jeans and pants when going out. Wear long pants or pajamas at home. This will help prevent light exposure. It will also keep your legs protected from insect bites.

Just continuously use these tips until you fade dark scars on legs. Just be patient and you can get great results—I did! Good luck!

Research Your Products

Always research products that claim to change pigmentation and consult a qualified medical professional to avoid using any potentially harmful ingredients.

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      5 months ago

      Would Calamansi work as well?

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      Den2 

      2 years ago

      Here's mine.. use katialis cream apply sa scarred area i mean sa dark spots atleast twice aday,.. the effe t is ng e exfoliate ung skin skin..usually it will take a week.. reapeat the process over and over until mg ligthen or mawala ag dark spots usualy caused by insect bites.. effective cya sa new scars for older scars meju mahirap tlgang mtgal.. gamit ka ng GT soap bleaching soap.. un lg..juz wana share bka mg work din sa inyo:)

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      honey 

      2 years ago

      Pls reply po pwede po ba gmitin anh calamansi kasi gusto ko etry para mwala npo tong mga peklat ko sa legs para may confident na ako nakakahiya kasi puro peklat matagal napo to since bata pa ako. Nakakatanggal po ba kahit gaano na katagal. Plss pls reply

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      honey 

      2 years ago

      pwede calamansi gmitin wla kasi lemon dito sa amin.

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      pipan 

      3 years ago

      I have old scars too it's hard to get rid of those i've tried different products, I even tried bleaching products atles to whitens it doesnt help :-(

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      Anonymous 

      3 years ago

      i'm going to try this out hopefully it would turn out great. Are you confident enough to actually wear shorts?

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      catherine 

      3 years ago

      Do you have before after photos??

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      Jackie 

      3 years ago

      lets try this...malay nyo naman.

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      photos 

      3 years ago

      Do u have bwfore and after photos?

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      linna 

      3 years ago

      can I use any whitening cream cos the two Chinese cream ure talking about is not sold in Ghana here.I'm also dark in complexion with dark scars on legs.thanks for sharing.

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      sarah 

      3 years ago

      My scars in my legs Was 10 years agO .......is the calamansi or lemon can remove my old scars in my legs nd feet?? Commnt plz!!!!

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      nikki 

      3 years ago

      Can I use lemon juice if I don't have actual lemons?

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      @orcinoA.L 

      3 years ago

      Since medyo malayo po ang market sa amin, at bihira lng po ang mga nagtitinda ng lemon, pwede bng calamnsi na lng ung gagamitin instead of lemon?then ung cnacbe po bng top gel eh karaniwang available s lhat ng drugstore? Comment pls...I really need na matanggal na po ung scars ko lalo na this coming second year eh jersey short po lagi ung gagamitin for p.e:(

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      hahahahapea 

      3 years ago

      Does it really works? My scars was 10 years long.

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      hahahahapea 

      3 years ago

      Does it really works? My scars was 10 years long.

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      mommysgirl 

      3 years ago

      I tried lot of products but now I'm gonna try this Chinese one...thanks for sharing

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      christa 

      3 years ago

      i noticed that we suffer the same skin condition. how long does it take to remove scars?

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      GHie 

      3 years ago

      effective din ba to sa legs? nabasa ko kasi ibang comments..parang di daw nag wowork sa legs ang chin chun su.. since na facial cream lang siya..

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      jenivey 

      3 years ago

      where can i buy lemon juice ??

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      Che 

      3 years ago

      Where to buy the chinchun su

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      kmnoto 

      4 years ago from La Union, Philippines

      So thrilled it worked out for you! Thank you for the feedback. :)

    • kmnoto profile imageAUTHOR

      kmnoto 

      4 years ago from La Union, Philippines

      Hope you get good results from it! :)

    • kmnoto profile imageAUTHOR

      kmnoto 

      4 years ago from La Union, Philippines

      Yes, you should wash it out. I usually just wipe it off with a wet towel. Just make sure you're not going out in the sun when you do. If you are putting it during the day, it's best to completely wash the lemon juice off by soap and water.

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      Tina-wite 

      4 years ago

      Will u wash out d lemon before adding d top gel?

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      jayne 

      4 years ago

      My scar is big and dark i got it from acciedent am 33years i don't remember the last time i wear short it really bothering me i reall need help.

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      Ney 

      4 years ago

      Thankyou for sharing this to us. Ive been using lemon and chin chun su for almost a month since the day i read this page of yours and it really work. Thank you so much!

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      angie... 

      4 years ago

      i will try this one

      ..hope it works...but thanks for the info anyway....

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      kmnoto 

      4 years ago from La Union, Philippines

      Nivea cream and most over-the-counter lightening creams just don't work for me quite as well as chinese skin care products (the approved ones) do though. But it's worth trying. It's worth finding out what would work for your skin and scar type. :)

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      Yurina 

      4 years ago

      Can I use nivea cream?

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      lia 

      4 years ago

      i used lemon and top for 1 month. i think my scar lighten.

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      aizirt 

      4 years ago

      sure it well remove

    • kmnoto profile imageAUTHOR

      kmnoto 

      4 years ago from La Union, Philippines

      I use top gel more religiously so I get better results from it. But on cold days, I mix it with a bit of chin chun su just to make application a tad easier. Top Gel tends to be a bit flaky and difficult to spread especially when the weather is cold.

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      Rosanne030993 

      4 years ago

      which is much better? top-gel or chin chun su? thanks! :)

    • kmnoto profile imageAUTHOR

      kmnoto 

      5 years ago from La Union, Philippines

      It's the cream form. The one with royal jelly extract in it.

    • kmnoto profile imageAUTHOR

      kmnoto 

      5 years ago from La Union, Philippines

      Chin Chun Su works too! I think it has the same properties as the top gel cream.

    • kmnoto profile imageAUTHOR

      kmnoto 

      5 years ago from La Union, Philippines

      Yes, you can! :) Although I find lemon more effective on the body and calamansi on the face, for some reason.

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      arlene 

      5 years ago

      i used mederma,ukerase,and it doesn't work...

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      zhane 

      5 years ago

      i used chin chun su for a couple of years & it really works...

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      Ilovejesus 

      5 years ago

      Gotta try this for sure!!! Fingers cross

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      bem 

      5 years ago

      i hope it works

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      honey 

      5 years ago

      can i use calamansi instead of lemon?

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      Aree_36 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Nice hub, thanks for sharing I have to try this :)

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      ranjani 

      5 years ago

      i'l try it..thnks

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      grace 

      5 years ago

      thanks for sharing.. are you wearing now shorts with confidence??

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      pan 

      6 years ago

      Use nadinola

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      janet 

      6 years ago

      what type of top gel did you use. is it cream or gel

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      kashu 

      6 years ago

      thanks for this in detail , but is it realy works

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      lindsay 

      6 years ago

      Is there an alternative to the chinese whitening cream? I'm african american

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      greysha :) 

      6 years ago

      thanks for this kmnoto! :) I'll try this :)

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