Home Remedies for Dark Neck

It is very essential to cleanse and exfoliate neck skin every day just as we do with our faces. Darkening of the skin of the neck area is not a skin disease, but is an embarrassing problem all the same that affects the appearance of the person. The best way to lighten the skin tone of the neck region is by using natural and time-tested home remedies.

Make Daily Care Routine to Get Rid of Dark Neck

  • Make a routine to cleanse – tone – moisturize neck area just like you do your face.Whenever you go out, apply sunscreen to your neck along with your face. This will avoid pigmentation.
  • Never step out in sun when you apply lemon juice on your skin. This will make your neck darker than before.

Here are some easy tips and tricks, you can call them home remedies too, for whitening your dark neck.

Oats – Natural Scrub and Mask for Dark Neck

Oats is not only good for your overall but also for your patchy dark neck. As we do not pay more attention towards cleaning our necks while doing everything for our face- from cleansing, scrubbing, moisturizing and what not – our neck gets dirty with the oil and fine grit deposits. This makes it look patchy and dark.

Oats can be used as a scrub as well as a mask for dark neck when mixed with certain other skin lightening ingredients.


Take the coarsely ground oats powder. Mix tomato pulp to it to get a paste like consistency. Apply this mixture to your entire neck region. Leave it for about 15-20 minutes. Now wet your fingers a littles and start rubbing your neck gently in circular motions. The coarse oats will have an exfoliating effect to remove dead skin cells from your dark neck. After scrubbing your neck with this natural oats scrub for about 5-7 minutes, wash off with water. Apply some moisturizer on neck and massage gently.

oats scrub
You may use this scrub twice or even thrice in a week depending upon the intensity of dark patchy skin on your neck. While oats will remove dirt and dead cells, tomato pulp will lighten the skin due to its natural bleaching properties.

Oats Mask

Oatmeal Powder mixed with milk, Oats powder mixed with honey, Oats powder mixed with yogurt

When you make a mask, you will need finely powdered oats and not the coarse ones that you use for scrubbing. There is not one but many ingredients that can be mixed with oats and used as a neck mask. You’ll get a list of these below. Whatever ingredient you mix with oats powder, you should apply the mask on the neck and leave it for about 15-20 minutes and then wash it off with water.

Baking Soda

Just as oats, baking soda too is a good natural exfoliant for removing patchy skin due to hyper-pigmentation.

Baking Soda

Mix baking soda with water, Apply the paste on your neck, Leave for about 15 minutes,Wash off with water.

Dry Fruits Make Great Scrubbers for Dark Neck

Why only fruits, even dry fruits are a great remedy for getting a light skin tone on your neck. Almonds and walnuts both can be used to make scrubs for your neck.

Walnut Scrub

Walnut Scrub

A scrub made of walnut and sour curd is extremely effective in lightening the skin tone by removing the deposit of dirt and dead cells from the back and sides of the neck. The acids present in sour curd make it one of the most potent home remedies to lighten skin naturally.
Crush 8 to 10 walnuts roughly and add 2 teaspoons of sour curd to to turn it into a dense paste, apply this paste on the sides and back of your neck and scrub by massaging your neck for 10 minutes, then leave it on your skin so that it dries for 30 minutes. Wash it off with cold water. Repeat it on a regular basis for 2 weeks for amazing results. The vitamins and zinc of walnut nourishes your skin while milk acts as a fine cleansing medium.

Almond Scrub

Almonds are an amazing source of Vitamin E which is necessary for improving the general health of the skin and works effectively to lighten dark skin. The skin lightening properties of almonds also help in correcting skin discoloration. The benefits of almond oil and almond milk for skin are well known. No doubt, almonds and almond oil is widely used in beauty products and cosmetics.

Almond Scrub

Make a powder of almonds by grinding them.,Mix milk powder and honey, mix well to make a paste. Apply the paste on neck, Leave for half an hour. Wash off with water.
Repeat this therapy 3 to 4 times a week. You can also massage pure almond oil on the neck daily in order to improve blood circulation to the area.

Fruit Masks for Dark Neck Whitening

Fruit masks made with such ingredients as banana, apple, orange, papaya, avocado etc. work well when it comes to dark neck home cure. They are rich with natural minerals, vitamins and enzymes that can make your neck look whiter than ever. Here are some such wonderful fruit masks for you.

Banana Mask

Banana Mask

Mash the ripe banana with hands to get pulp like consistency. Add olive oil to it and mix well. Apply this mask on your neck and leave for 15 minutes. Wash off with water.
This banana and olive oil mask packed with goodness of fine anti oxidants will make your fine lines vanish from the neck and will give you a healthy glowing skin.

Strawberry Papaya Mask

Strawberry Papaya Mask

Crush the strawberries, Add the crushed strawberries to papaya pulp. Apply the mix onto your neck. Leave it for about 10 minutes. Wash off with water.
The vitamins and minerals of these fruits are great for nourishing your skin cells. While the enzyme called papain present in papaya removes the dead skin cells, the antioxidants of strawberries repair the damaged skin faster.

Raw Papaya Mask

Raw PApaya Mask

Grate the raw papaya. Using a fine cloth or sieve, squeeze out the juice from the grated papaya. If needed, you can add a little water to facilitate squeezing out the juice. Apply this juice on your neck and leave for 20 minutes. Wash off.
The enzymes found in papaya help generate new skin cells thus giving your dull skin of neck a new glow. Apply this mask on daily basis for a month or so.

Orange Peel

The vitamin C and anti oxidants of orange are a wonderful treat for your skin and so is it’s bleaching properties. Milk works as a natural cleanser to give you a glowing skin in place of dark neck.
Dry some orange peel in the sun and grind them to make a smooth powder. Mix 2 tablespoons of the orange peel powder with 2 to 3 teaspoons of whole milk and mix it to form a heavy paste. Apply this paste on the darkened areas of the neck; allow it to dry for 30 minutes and wash it off with cold water while massaging your neck. Repeat this remedy daily for 2 weeks to see a noticeable improvement.

Orange Peel

Lemon Bleach for Lightening Dark Neck Skin

Lemon, the very common ingredient found in your kitchen, has amazing bleaching properties due to the natural citric acid present in it. You can use lemon to make your skin of dark neck light in two ways.

1st way to use lemon for dark neck

Mix lemon juice and rose water.Apply this mixture gently on your dark neck before going to bed at night. Leave it overnight.In the morning, wash your neck with water.

You can even store lemon juice- rose water mix in a bottle. Mix both the ingredients in equal amounts and then store. Apply whatever amount is required every night on your dark skin. Do it for at least one month to see your neck get whitened.

2nd way to use lemon for dark neck

Take the lemon juice and apply it on your neck region with the help of cotton ball or your hand. Let it sit there for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with water. You may even add turmeric powder to lemon juice and then apply it on your dark neck. It gives glow to your skin. If using turmeric powder, wash off with lukewarm water after 10-15 minutes.

Take Precaution
Do not step out in sun just after using lemon juice on your skin or when you have it on your skin.

Cool Cucumber

This is a cool way to brighten your dark neck. Th all soothing cucumber when applied on your neck, not only exfoliates the skin but also grant it a natural glow to match your facial spark.

Take the grated cucumber and apply it on your neck. Leave for about 10 minutes. Gently rub the neck with cucumber on it as if you are scrubbing. Wash off and apply some rose water.  If using cucumber juice, just apply on neck with a cotton ball and leave for 15-20 minutes. Wash off and apply some rose water.

Yogurt for Age Spots on Dark Neck

If your neck looks dark due to age spots, you may like to take help of yogurt. Yogurt is a good cleanser for skin. Also the acid present in it helps in lightening dark skin.

Make a pack with yogurt and turmeric, apply and leave for 15 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water. Mix yogurt with lemon juice, apply and wash after 15 minutes. Add fresh milk cream with yogurt. Apply it on your neck and massage gently for 5 minutes. Then wash of with milk soap. It’s better if you use lukewarm water with lime juice in it to wash the yogurt-cream mix instead of soap.

All or any of these packs can be used twice or even thrice a week. Yogurt tightens your skin along with diminishing the fine lines there. The bright younger looking neck gives you greater confidence in turn!


Potato Juice

The bleaching agents in potato is a good home treatment for dark neck skin. There is an enzyme called catecholase in potato which helps in lightening the skin color of your neck

Cut round slices of a cold potato and rub them on your neck daily for 5-10 minutes. Do this for at least 2-3 months.For faster results, add lemon juice to potato juice and apply this mixture on your neck. Leave for 15 minutes and then wash off with water.You can even apply grated potato or potato juice without adding anything. Leave this on your neck for sometime before washing off.


Chickpea- Another Good Scrubber for Dark Neck

The dullness of neck region can be treated excellently with the help of chick pea flour which is yet another very good scrubber for your dark neck. Make this scrub to bring glowing life to your neck skin.


Take the chickpea flour. Mix turmeric and water to make a paste. Apply to your neck. Leave for about half an hour or till it dries up. Wash with lukewarm water.
If you have really dry skin, you may also add some fresh cream to this mix to moisturize your skin. While chickpea cleanses your skin, turmeric lightens it up to remove the darkness of the region.

Aloe Vera for Neck Pigmentation

Those having dark neck with pigmentation can use aloe vera gel which is one of the best cleanser for skin. Just apply the gel, if possible daily, for sometime on your neck. Sit back for a few minutes and wash off. Aloe Vera not only diminishes the spots but also lighten the skin tone of your neck. Rich in antioxidants and other beneficial natural compounds, this gel assists greatly in repairing and producing new skin cells.


Rice Starch Massage

There is yet another way to reduce the dark spots on your neck and this is through the rice water or rice starch.

Add rice in water. When the rice boils, put off the flame. You may like to boil the rice till the point when it is cooked enough to be eaten. You certainly don’t want to waste the rice.Use a strainer to separate the rice and the water in which it was boiling. Let the water (it is in fact the starch) cool down. When the rice starch is just warm enough to handle, rub your neck with it gently scrubbing the region. It’s better if you do this massage for about 10 minutes before taking bath.

Rice Starch

Use Natural Oils for Lightening Dark Neck

Natural oils with their abundant natural compounds help in nourishing and rejuvenating your skin. They are also fine moisturizing agents. Certain oils like almond oil, olive oil and coconut oil are particularly beneficial when it comes to removing darkness from you neck.

  • You can even mix almond oil with Vitamin E oil. First heat the almond oil then mix Vitamin E oil to it. Gently massage your neck with the mix for about 10 minutes and then wash off with water. If needed, use lukewarm water to wash off.
  • Almond oil can also be mixed with olive oil and coconut oil for greater and faster result. Apply such an oil mixture to your neck before going to bed for deeply moisturizing the skin.
  • When using coconut oil alone, you may like to mix it in little amount with a little water. This is done because coconut oil is considered to be a heavy oil. Massage with oil mixed with water gently and then wash off.
  • Some of the other oils that you can use for moisturizing and getting glowing neck in place of dark neck include olive oil, chamomile oil, eucalyptus oil and rose oil.

Natural Oils


Milk Cream for Glowing Neck

Milk, as mentioned earlier, is a great cleanser and the cream of milk is a great moisturize. You can either use the cream alone or combine it with variety of ingredients to get most out of it.

Milk Cream

Mix yogurt with fresh cream and gently massage your neck daily with the mixture. Wash off with warm water or a mild soap. Rub your neck with fresh cream and then wash off with warm water. Mix gram flour with fresh cream and rub your neck gently. This is a very good scrub to exfoliate your neck as well as to moisturize it. Wash of with warm water. Add a pinch of turmeric to cream and rub your neck with it. Great remedy for a glowing skin around your neck and to get rid of dark neck.

Chhavi Chawla

An MBA by profession, a writer by heart.Music buff,who loves to travel new locations & try new cuisines, meet new people.