Skip to main content

How to Fade Dark Scars on Legs

  • Author:
  • Updated date:

KM Noto is a freelance writer and blogger, and a self-confessed stylist and fashion mayhem.

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 the dark scars on my legs. I used to exclusively wear pants because I couldn’t fathom the idea of wearing anyone seeing my scarred legs while they healed.

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 your 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 to 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 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 your 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.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


T on August 11, 2020:

Top Gel is one of many skin whitening agents which contain mercury, this is really dangerous when absorbed into the body!

Ling on November 20, 2018:

does calamansi work too?

J on March 10, 2018:

Would Calamansi work as well?

Den2 on June 11, 2016:

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:)

pipan on June 25, 2015:

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 :-(

Anonymous on June 24, 2015:

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

catherine on June 09, 2015:

Do you have before after photos??

photos on April 26, 2015:

Do u have bwfore and after photos?

linna on April 13, 2015:

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.

sarah on March 21, 2015:

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

nikki on March 14, 2015:

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

hahahahapea on January 27, 2015:

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

mommysgirl on January 25, 2015:

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

christa on November 06, 2014:

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

jenivey on August 27, 2014:

where can i buy lemon juice ??

Che on August 20, 2014:

Where to buy the chinchun su

kmnoto (author) from La Union, Philippines on August 07, 2014:

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

kmnoto (author) from La Union, Philippines on August 07, 2014:

Hope you get good results from it! :)

kmnoto (author) from La Union, Philippines on August 07, 2014:

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.

Tina-wite on August 01, 2014:

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

jayne on July 30, 2014:

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.

Ney on June 28, 2014:

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!

angie... on April 08, 2014:

i will try this one

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

kmnoto (author) from La Union, Philippines on February 27, 2014:

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. :)

Yurina on January 05, 2014:

Can I use nivea cream?

lia on December 17, 2013:

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

aizirt on December 15, 2013:

sure it well remove

kmnoto (author) from La Union, Philippines on October 07, 2013:

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.

Rosanne030993 on October 06, 2013:

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

kmnoto (author) from La Union, Philippines on June 27, 2013:

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

kmnoto (author) from La Union, Philippines on June 27, 2013:

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

kmnoto (author) from La Union, Philippines on June 27, 2013:

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

arlene on May 13, 2013:

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

zhane on May 09, 2013:

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

Ilovejesus on May 08, 2013:

Gotta try this for sure!!! Fingers cross

bem on April 23, 2013:

i hope it works

honey on April 09, 2013:

can i use calamansi instead of lemon?

Aree_36 from Georgia on March 30, 2013:

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

ranjani on February 20, 2013:

i'l try it..thnks

grace on September 06, 2012:

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

pan on August 02, 2012:

Use nadinola

janet on July 27, 2012:

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

kashu on July 23, 2012:

thanks for this in detail , but is it realy works

lindsay on April 08, 2012:

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

greysha :) on October 13, 2011:

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