It takes quite a toll on your appearance and self-esteem if your face sports a couple of dark patches instead of being flawless like it should be. But we’ve got good news for you. It’s time to rid your beautiful face and supple skin of these dark, patchy blemishes.
Check out the wonderfully effective natural home remedies for hyperpigmentation and step out of your home like the queen of beauty and radiance. And what’s more, you don’t have to go to a salon and spend a fortune on the ugly dark patches but can do it right at your home for the best results.
What is Hyperpigmentation of skin?
Hyperpigmentation of skin occurs when dark patches appear on the skin due to excessive production of melanin(1). There are several different types of hyperpigmentation but the two most common types that affect our skin are melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
What causes Hyperpigmentation of skin?
Melanin is the pigment that imparts natural color to the skin, eyes, and hair. The overproduction of melanin is sparked off by factors like excessive exposure to the Sun, genetic causes(2), aging, hormonal influence, injuries in the skin and inflammation of the skin.
Overexposure to the Sun is the chief cause of hyperpigmentation of the skin. It is sunlight that sparks off the generation of melanin. It is actually melanin that protects the skin against getting sunburns and heat rashes.
This is the reason why people get tanned in the sun. But overexposure to the Sun is harmful and leads to ugly hyperpigmentation of the skin.
The dark spots of hyperpigmentation that develop on the skin proliferate through the skin and turn into freckles, aging spots, acne and other skin bumps that causes the hyperpigmentation to turn a few shades darker.
What are the basic methods of protection against Hyperpigmentation of skin?
Here are a few simple ways of protecting yourself against hyperpigmentation of skin. The most important thing to do is to maintain a proper personal hygiene.
- Do not forget to rinse your face daily with warm soapy water as soon as you come back home from outside.
- Remove your entire make up before calling it a day and avoid cheap chemicals for makeup.
- Carry an umbrella when going out in the sun.
- Wear light-colored clothes that reflect off the sunlight.
- Use a good quality sunscreen lotion(3) with a high value of SPF , and
- Limit the overall duration of exposure to the Sun.
15 Home Remedies For Hyperpigmentation of Skin
In case you are wondering on how to lighten skin pigmentation naturally right at your home, then we can give you 15 different ideas on how to treat skin pigmentation on face naturally or for that matter on any part of your skin.
The home remedies for hyperpigmentation of skin involve a few natural ingredients that are easily available and highly effective.
The ingredients used in hyperpigmentation natural treatment are enlisted below:
- Raw potatoes
- Lime or Lemon
- Turmeric powder and lime juice
- Vinegar of apple cider(4)
- Red onions
- Aloe Vera leaves
- Peel of Orange(5)
- Mask of Yoghurt, Oatmeal and Tomato
- Banana mask
- Avocado mask
- Papaya mask
- Natural Oils
Preparation of the Remedies
1. Ingredients: Raw potatoes and water
- Take a fresh and raw potato.
- Wash and clean the potato and peel it neatly.
- Rinse the peeled potato again.
- Cut the potato in half.
- Add some water to the halved piece of raw potato.
- Scrub the moist piece of potato on the hyperpigmented patch of skin in a rhythmic circular motion.
- Keep this for ten minutes at a stretch and wash the area with slightly warm water.
- Repeat this for 3-4 times in a day in a month.
2. Ingredients: 1 Lime or Lemon and honey
- Slice the lemon extract its juice.
- Add a tablespoon honey to the juice and stir the mixture.
- Smear this mix on the hyperpigmented area of skin and keep this for fifteen minutes.
- Rinse the area with lukewarm water.
- Do this twice daily for a couple of weeks or more.
3. Ingredients: Turmeric powder and 1 Lime or Lemon
- Combine a tablespoon each of turmeric powder(6) and lemon juice in a glass bowl and stir well till the mixture attains a smooth consistency.
- Rinse your skin with water, wipe with a clean towel and then apply the mixture.
- Wait for ten to fifteen minutes before rinsing the mixture with warm water.
- Do this at least once a day before going to sleep.
4. Ingredients: Apple cider vinegar and water
- Add two tablespoons of water to a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to dilute the sour liquid.
- Apply this solution to the dark areas of your skin.
- Wait for about five minutes before rinsing the skin with warm water.
- Repeat this twice daily until there is noticeable improvement.
5. Ingredients: Red onions
- Take a fresh red onion and slice it in half.
- Take one of the slices and rub the darkened areas of your skin with it.
- Let the onion juice stay on your skin for about ten minutes.
- Rinse the area with warm water.
- Do this twice daily until the darkness of skin slowly fades away.
6. Ingredients: Aloe Vera Gel and Honey
- In a glass bowl, add half a tablespoon of honey and two tablespoons of Aloe Vera(7) gel.
- Stir the mixture and let it sit for about ten minutes.
- Apply the set mixture to the affected parts of your skin.
- Leave it on for about twenty minutes before rinsing the skin with lukewarm water.
- Repeat this once a day for about two weeks for excellent results.
7. Ingredients: Cucumber, Honey and Lemon
- Slice and blend half a cucumber to extract its juice.
- Do the same with a lemon.
- In a glass bowl, add a tablespoon each of cucumber juice(8), lemon extracts and honey.
- Stir the mixture and make it smooth.
- Smear the hyperpigmented skin with the smooth mixture and leave it on for about ten minutes.
- Rinse the area after that with slightly warm water.
- Do this twice a day on a daily basis for good results.
8. Ingredients: Orange peels, Honey, Milk and Lemon
- Dry the orange peels in the sun till they are completely wrinkled and dehydrated.
- Grind the dry and dehydrated peel into a fine powder.
- Take this powder in a bowl and add to it a teaspoon each of lemon juice(9) extracts, honey and raw milk.
- Stir the mixture well and then smear it on the dark patches of your skin.
- Rinse it off after thirty minutes with slightly warm water.
9. Ingredients: Almonds, Honey, Milk and Lemon
- Soak about five to six almonds in water and let it stay overnight.
- Grind the soaked and softened almonds into a smooth mash.
- Add half a teaspoon of raw milk to the mash.
- Add a teaspoon each of honey and lemon juice to the almond and milk paste.
- Apply the paste to the hyperpigmented area of your skin before going to bed at night and rinse the area with cold water in the next morning.
- Do this for two weeks and the hyperpigmentation will vanish.
10. Ingredients: Sandalwood powder and Rosewater
- Take two tablespoons each of sandalwood powder and rosewater and mix well to form a paste.
- Smear the darkened patches of your skin with the paste and keep it for half an hour.
- Wash the paste off your skin with warm water.
- Do this twice daily.
11. Ingredients: Yoghurt, Oatmeal and Tomato
- Combine half a teaspoon of yoghurt(10), two teaspoons of oatmeal(11) and the juice of a tomato in a glass bowl.
- Stir the mixture to form a coarse and rich skin mask.
- Let the paste on the skin dry up which will take about twenty minutes.
- Rinse and scrub off the paste from the skin with warm water.
- Do this once a day for a couple of weeks.
12. Ingredients: Avocados
- Take a ripe avocado and mash the fruit till the lumps are gotten completely rid of.
- Apply the mashed fruit on the skin.
- Let it stay for about thirty minutes.
- Rinse off with warm water.
- Do this twice every day for a month.
13. Ingredients: Bananas, Honey and Milk
- Take a banana and mash it into a smooth paste.
- To the paste add a teaspoon each of honey and raw milk.
- Apply this banana mask to the darkened areas of your skin.
- Keep it for about half an hour.
- Rinse off with warm water.
- Do this twice in a week for about a month.
14. Ingredients: Papaya, Honey and Milk
- Take a ripe and fresh papaya and mash it into a soft pulp.
- Take about two tablespoons of the papaya pulp in a glass bowl.
- Add a tablespoon each of honey and raw milk to the pulp.
- Stir the mixture well to form a smooth papaya mask.
- Apply the mask to your face and other affected areas of your skin.
- Let it stay for about half an hour or so.
- Rinse off with warm water.
- Do this twice in a day for a few weeks.
15. Ingredients: Natural Oils
- Wash your skin with lukewarm water and dry it with a clean towel.
- Massage the hyperpigmented parts of your skin with natural oil that suits your preferences.
- Massage in a circular motion for about two to three minutes and keep the skin oily for about half an hour.
- Rinse your face thoroughly with a cleanser or soft soap and wipe it dry.
The natural oils that you can use to massage your hyperpigmented face and other aeas of skin to get rid of dark pigmentation are:
Olive oil: This is loaded with antioxidants(12) that enriches your skin, aids skin repair and helps to keep the skin healthy, moisturized and supple.
Coconut oil: This oil is rich in nutrients that penetrates easily through the skin and acts as a natural sun blocker.
Castor oil: This oil is highly effective in fighting dark patches and hyperpigmentation of skin besides giving your skin a much-needed boost of nutrition.
Neem oil: This oil slows down the generation of melanin in your skin and inhibits the melanocytes.
How long does it take to treat hyperpigmentation?
Well, it does not take any more than a month for hyperpigmentation treatment at home. The facial masks are highly effective if you are seeking to get rid of the dark patches around your lips and beneath your eyes.
Follow the hyperpigmentation natural treatment routine with dedication for excellent results of clear, unblemished skin.
Can hyperpigmentation be caused by facial peels?
The facial peels that cause hyperpigmentation of skin are mostly composed of chemicals. However, natural face peels can cause hyperpigmentation as well, if your skin generates a hostile reaction to the ingredients.
Like, for instance, oil of Neem might not suit your facial skin. So if the mask contains Neem as its primary ingredient then avoid it by all means.
Hyperpigmentation of skin takes quite a toll on one’s general physical appearance. These fifteen remedies are highly effective in curing hyperpigmentation and boosting skin nutrition(13) right at your home.