Hyperpigmentation, AKA melasma, is a skin issue and condition that darkens some part of the skin. This can make the outward appearance of the skin dry, sketchy and uneven. Unfortunately, it is very very difficult to treat.
What Causes Hyperpigmentation?
Hyperpigmentation is usually caused by overproduction of melanin which in also causes the formation of some dark spots on the skin.
This shouldn’t be confused with the hypopigmentation that is the lack of skin pigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is also due to the overexposure of some parts of the skin to sunlight.
There is a lot of causes and factors that lead to hyperpigmentation this includes : changes in hormone production, Anxiety, certain infections (e.g. Cyanosis and Jaundice ), hereditary qualities
Although hyperpigmentation is kid of difficult to treat, there are some simple treatments that work. The key is to be patient and consistent since the treatment wont work overnight.
Here are some natural ways that help to treat hyperpigmentation:
1. Lemon Juice and Honey
Honey and lemon juice work pretty well together to reduce the effects of hyperpigmentation. Lemon juice plays the same role of bleaching the dark spots while the honey do same effects as a skin conditioner.
To home make the treatment, simply mix one glass of lemon juice with approximately same amount of honey and store the mixture in a simple air proof container. Apply this mixture about twice a day on the affected parts of your skin and after that leave it on for 20 minutes. Once the time finish, you can simply wash off the mixture with lukewarm water.
This natural remedy is not suitable for highly sensitive skin. If you feel an intense stinging sensation on the area you’ve used the mixture on, don’t redo it any more.
Cucumber is used widely for skin care and also comes in handy as we talk about hyperpigmentation. It can help even to make the dark spots less obvious.
All you need to do is take cucumber and pu it in a juicer and simply apply the juice obtained on the dark spots on your skin. Leave the juice on your skin for about 30 minutes before washing it off. If you use this daily, you’ll notice eventually a huge improvement in your hyperpigmentation.
Potatoes are helpful and very useful when it comes to treating hyperpigmentation. It hepls to lighten the dark spots thus improving how it looks and their appearance.
How to do this: you can simply do this cut a potato and rub the cut part on the dark spots area or put it in a juicer and apply the juice on the parts with dark spots of your skin. Rinse this off after 30 minutes and do this about twice a day.
If in your case your hyperpigmentation is a result of overexposure to sunlight, turmeric is the usually the right treatment for you. It can even out the skin tone, helps to repair damage and gives your skin a glow.
How to use turmeric just make a thick paste using one teaspoon of turmeric powder, two tablespoon of flour, half a teaspoon of almond oil and a little bit of water. Simply apply this mixture on the affected areas and leave it on for about twenty minutes before rinsing it. If you are consistent and you do this daily, you’re bound to see a significant improvement on your skin.
5. Vitamin E and Aloevera
Aloevera does a good job of wene it comes to reducing the effects of hyperpigmentation while vitamin E contains a lot of skin mending properties. For this treatment, you need to simply apply aloevera gel straight form the leaves, on the affected spots.
Wash it out after around twenty minutes and then apply a skin care product that’s rich in vitamin E on the areas you had applied the aloevera. Doing this every day will help to reduce hyperpigmentation and repair all your skin at the same time.