10 Simple Tweaks for a Brighter Neck – (Ultimate Guide)

Want to save yourself from the embarrassment you face because of your dark neck? Who wouldn’t! Read on to learn how to get rid of dark neck.

We all have a regular face cleansing routine but most of us forget to include neck in it. People don’t simply look at your face but also your neck which you neglect in your face cleansing regime.

This common skin pigmentation issue is medically known by the term acanthosis nigricans. The major cause of skin discoloration on the neck is excessive sun exposure and aging. However, there are other causes like poor hygiene, genetics, diabetes, sudden weight gain or loss and polycystic ovary syndrome.

Having the neck region go with your fairer face is only going to make your personality shine out more. When you use foundation on your face and forget the neck, everyone notices. People do the same when you have a dark neck area and a comparatively brighter face.

how to get rid of dark neck

Here are some neck whitening home remedies that can be of great help to you and save you from embarrassment and questions in public.

1.   Yoghurt


Yoghurt is a great natural cleanser. It contains lactic acid and curd that helps to give you a lighter skin tone. Combining it with lemon juice further enhances its skin lightening ability.

  • Take some plain yoghurt and cover your neck with it.
  • Leave it on till it dries up.
  • Wash it off using cold water.


  • Combine one teaspoon of fresh lemon juice and two tablespoons of yoghurt.
  • Mix well and apply it on your dark neck.
  • Let it stay for an hour.
  • Wash it off using cold water.
  • If your skin gets really dry, apply some moisturizer.
  • Repeat 2 to 3 times in a week to get rid of dark skin on your neck.


  • Mix 2 tablespoons of yoghurt and one teaspoon of turmeric.
  • Apply it on your neck.
  • Let it stay for 15 minutes.
  • Then wash it off with lukewarm water.


2.   Papaya


Papaya is a great fruit for your skin and a cure for dark neck. It owes this quality to the enzyme called papain. Papain helps to scrape away dead skin cells and allow the newer cells to surface up giving you lighter skin tone. On the other hand, the vitamin A facilitates the production of collagen which gives you young, tight and lighter skin.

  • Take 1/4th cup of papaya cubes and mash it.
  • Either add cream or yoghurt in it.
  • Mix half teaspoon of honey and few drops of lemon juice. In case you add fresh cream, you don’t need to add lemon juice.
  • Mix properly and apply it over your dark neck.
  • Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash it off.
  • Do it thrice a week.

Warning: Do a skin patch test before using papaya as some people can be allergic to papaya.

3.   Cucumber Juice

cucumber juice

Cucumber is not only a great soothing agent but it also exfoliates the skin helping you match your dark neck with your brighter face. It helps to get rid of dead skin cells and repair them lightening up your skin tone.

  • Take one cucumber and grate it.
  • Leave it on for 10 minutes.
  • Then gently scrub it on your neck.
  • Use rose water to wash it off.


  • Mix lemon juice and cucumber juice in equal amounts.
  • Apply this juice on your neck with the help of cotton balls.
  • Let it stay for 10 minutes.
  • Then wash it off using cold water.


4.   Potato

White Potatoes

Potato is home to tons of minerals like fibers, phosphorous, iron, protein, vitamins and thiamine which are involved in repair and growth of skin cells. It is packed with antioxidants that repair damaged skin and treat neck discoloration. Potato also contains an enzyme called catecholase which makes potato a great skin lightening agent. It works on not only age spots but also dark neck skin.

  • Take a potato and cut thick slices.
  • Refrigerate it to cool it.
  • Just pick up one of the slices and start rubbing it over your neck skin for 10 minutes. Let the starch of the potato be absorbed by the skin.
  • As soon as the juice dries up, wash it off.
  • Repeat for 2 months.


  • Combine lemon juice and potato juice
  • Apply it over the dark neck region.
  • Let it stay for 15 minutes.
  • Then wash it off with cold water.
  • Repeat it every day till you notice positive results


5.   Lemon Juice

Lemon juice-

When it comes to lightening up your skin tone in any way, you just cannot forget lemon juice. It is the one of the best home remedies for dark neck as it is a gifted citrus fruit by nature since it acts as a natural bleaching agent. Like most citrus fruits lemon is acidic and packed with vitamin C known as ascorbic acid. It helps in the production of collagen which repairs and fixes damaged skin. It is not only highly effective for your dark neck but also acne scars, dark spots and blemishes.

  • Cut a fresh lemon and squeeze to extract the juice.
  • Apply it on the affected areas using a cotton pad.
  • Apply it by rubbing in circular motions.
  • Let it stay for 15 minutes.
  • Wash it off with warm water.
  • Do this daily for a month.


  • Take some lime juice and add a little sugar.
  • Use it to rub the dark neck.
  • You can even add some olive oil to this mixture. (optional)
  • Sugar granules will exfoliate your skin while the lemon juice will lighten the spots.

Warning: Do not go into the sun after using lemon juice as it makes your skin photosensitive and might cause you more harm than good.


6.   Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe Vera is the most skin friendly herb there is which serves as a great neck whitening home remedy. It is used for a variety of ailments because of its healing qualities. Being packed with antioxidants and other natural compounds, it helps in regeneration of skin keeping it supple and hydrated. It is helpful for dark neck with pigmentation particularly if it is caused by exposure to the sun.

  • Cut out a fresh Aloe Vera leaf and extract the gel.
  • Apply it over the dark skin of your neck.
  • Let it stay for 30 minutes so that the gel is thoroughly absorbed by the skin.
  • Then wash it off
  • Repeat twice a day daily and continue doing it for a month.


7.   Oats


Oats are not just an ideal breakfast packed with energy but they are also great for your dark neck. They not only act as a soothing agent for your skin but can also scrub, exfoliate, moisturize and cleanse your skin. They help your neck to get rid of dirt and oil restoring the original color of your neck that matches with your face. Adding other skin lightening agents to it only make it even more effective.

  • Take two teaspoons of oats and grind it to turn it into powder.
  • Add in a bit of tomato puree to make a thick paste.
  • Apply it over the dark neck.
  • Let it stay for 20 minutes.
  • Use oats as a scrub for dark neck.
  • Now rub your neck gently for few minutes to help scrub away the dead skin cells.
  • Wash it off with cold water.
  • Then massage your neck using a moisturizer.


  • Take one tablespoon of powdered oats.
  • Add a little milk and honey to make it a paste.
  • Apply it over your dark neck.
  • Let it stay for half an hour.
  • Wash it off.
  • Repeat two times in a week to get rid of black neck.


8.   Almond


Almond is home to vitamins necessary for healthy skin. The oil of almond will moisturize your skin keeping it soft and supple. It not only provides nourishment to your skin but also helps to get rid of skin pigmentation.

  • Take a small bowl and add two tablespoons of raw sugar.
  • Mix in some almond oil and lemon juice.
  • Mix it properly and a rub this mixture on the stretch marks for few minutes.
  • Then wash it off with warm water.
  • Repeat every day for a month till the stretch marks fade away.


  • Grind some almonds and turn it into powder.
  • Add one teaspoon of honey and milk powder to it.
  • Mix well to turn it into paste.
  • Use this paste on your neck.
  • Let it stay for 30 minutes.
  • Then wash it off with water.
  • Repeat twice a week to lighten neck skin.

Other dry fruits like walnuts are equally effective. You can also heat some almond oil and apply it on your neck. Almond oil also proves to be effective for brightening up the skin of your neck.


9.   Milk


This is yet another natural ingredient for lightening your neck. Milk or milk cream is not just a great moisturizer but also a perfect cleanser. The lactic acid in milk eliminates the dead skin cells and brings up the new skin cells exposing brighter skin on your neck.

  • Take a small amount of milk and add in a pinch of turmeric.
  • Add some lemon juice to it and mix well.
  • Cover the neck region with this solution.
  • Let it stay till it dries before washing it off.
  • This will provide you with immediate relief.


  • Combine some gram flour with a pinch of turmeric.
  • Pour in a little milk to make a paste.
  • Apply it over the affected areas and leave it on for 20 minutes.
  • Gently rub your skin with your fingers.
  • Wash it off with warm water.
  • Repeat till you get rid of the dark neck.


10.   Orange Peel

Orange Peel

Just like lemon, orange is also a citrus fruit packed with antioxidants and vitamin C. the high content of vitamin C makes it an amazing skin lightening agent. Orange peel in particular is a great skin cleanser and acts as a great scrub for your skin.

  • Leave some orange peel in the sun to dry out.
  • Grind this dried orange peel to turn it into powder.
  • Add enough milk to make it a paste and make sure its thick.
  • Apply this over your neck.
  • Let it dry naturally.
  • Then wash it off with water.


  • Grate some orange peel and mix in some orange juice.
  • Apply it over your neck and let it stay for 10 minutes.
  • Wash it off with cold water.
  • Repeat every day till you notice improvement.


Some useful suggestions!

Here are some little suggestions that may be of big help to you:

  • Don’t simply wash your face thoroughly during bath time. Wash your neck as well. Rub a good moisturizing soap and use a washcloth to scrub your neck.
  • Your skin may become dark and unsightly because of dryness as well. Make sure you moisturize your skin after taking a shower and keep it moist.
  • Make use of a soft bristle brush to wash your neck. It will be of great help in getting rid of dead skin cells which will surface up the brighter skin.
  • Make sure you exfoliate your skin two times in a week using natural scrubs mentioned above. No matter which scrub you decide to use, rub your skin gently so that you don’t irritate your skin. Neck is a sensitive region.
  • Apply sunscreen lotion on your neck before you go out in the sun.
  • Do not go out in the sun after you have applies lemon juice as lemon makes your skin photosensitive leaving your with darker skin than before.
  • Use cocoa butter on your neck. Just like milk, cocoa butter also possesses cleansing quality.
  • Make sure you keep your body well hydrated as drinking good amount of water flushes out toxins from the body. 8 to 10 glasses of water in a day is a must.
  • Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet as they contain minerals and vitamins responsible for giving your healthy and glowing skin.
  • Whenever you massage your neck with any kind of oil, make sure you wash your neck using a mild soap.


Wrap up!

These were some natural ways to get rid of dark neck. Nothing can beat ‘natural ways’ as it comes without any kind of harmful side effects. You require a great deal of persistence and patience when you choose a remedy. If one method doesn’t work for you, you can always try another one. If it still doesn’t work for you, talk to a dermatologist.











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