Pigmentation is one the most common skin problems faced by women all over the world. Although not a serious problem, it can be detrimental to self-esteem. Pigmentation is basically skin discoloration in the form of dark or light patches, usually occurring on the face caused by a change in the production of melanin. But don’t let it bring you down. Dark patches, blemishes, uneven skin tone? Not any more! Get rid of pigmentation problems with these easy home remedies.
Largely there are 2 types of pigmentation: hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation. Hyperpigmentation leads to brown spots or dark patches on the skin. Hypopigmentation leads to light patches on the skin. Prolonged sun exposure, genetics, and allergies can also cause pigmentation.
Note: Sunlight worsens pigmentation, so don’t forget to slather on the sunscreen before you leave the house!
1. Pow-Pow Potato!
Potatoes are those magical carbs we dread eating in the fear of weight gain, but if applied topically they will change the clarity of your skin. Potatoes work very well on lightening the skin, especially pigmented areas, dark spots and blemishes.
Method 1 - Slice up a potato, rub it on your skin daily for a few minutes and watch those dark spots disappear.
Method 2 - You can even use potato juice with a cotton pad on affected areas or mix it up with Fuller’s earth for a spot treatment.
2. Honey And Lime OR Lime And Turmeric
A combination of honey and lime is good for your face too! Lime has natural bleaching properties and honey contains moisturizing properties. Together this is a power packed home remedy for pigmentation.
Method 1 - Mix lemon juice with 1 or 2 teaspoons of honey and apply this to your skin.
Method 2 - Lime and turmeric works too. Add 1 tablespoon of turmeric to 1 tablespoon of lime. Apply on the affected area and rinse thoroughly with cold water.
With lime, always remember to apply this at night and not during the day. Those with sensitive skin should do a patch test first.
3. Red Onions To The Rescue
Red onions work wonders for pigmentation, dark spots, freckles and blemishes.
Method - Rub some onion slices or apply onion juice on the affected area for 10 minutes and wash thoroughly.
4. Tomato, Oatmeal And Yoghurt
Just like lime, tomato and yoghurt also act as natural bleaching agents; oatmeal serves as a gentle skin scrub.
Step 1 - Add 2 teaspoons of oatmeal and half a teaspoon of yoghurt to tomato juice to create a thick paste.
Step 2 - Apply this on the problem areas for a maximum of 20 minutes and rinse off in gentle circular motions to exfoliate your skin.
You can use this on a daily basis to quickly get rid of pigmentation.
5. Magical Aloe Vera
Aloe is a truly magical plant. It offers solutions for a host of skin problems. Aloe boosts skin regeneration, helps soften and lighten the skin, eases suntan and helps combat dryness.
Step 1 - Slice up an aloe leaf and rub the gel directly on your skin. Leave this on overnight or wash off before you go to bed.
Step 2 - Adding Vitamin E to this mixture is optional, but it will certainly boost skin healing and rejuvenation.
6. Ever Cool Cucumber
Cucumber is very helpful in reducing pigmentation, fading freckles and blemishes. It cools and tones your skin too.
Step 1 - Take 1 tablespoon of cucumber juice with 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and mix well.
Step 2 - Apply it on your entire face or spot treat. Wash this off after 15-20 minutes.
7. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is excellent when used on skin. It has skin lightening properties and is also a great astringent for skin.
Step 1 - Mix equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and water.
Step 2 - Dab this on the affected area and leave it on for about 5 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water.
Do this twice daily for a few weeks. You can also use apple cider vinegar as a skin toner. It is great for those with acne prone and oily skin.
8. Zesty Oranges
Orange peel contains citric acid, which has great bleaching properties and aid skin renewal. It can help to get rid of dark patches and pigmentation. If you do not have fresh orange peel, orange peel powder works too.
Step 1 - Add 1 teaspoon each of lemon juice, honey and milk to 1 full tablespoon of orange peel powder.
Step 2 - Combine all the ingredients and apply to the entire face or affected area. Rinse off by massaging in circular motions.
Repeat up to 3 times a week until you see changes in your skin tone.
9. Chandan Ka Chaal
Sandalwood is known to enhance the complexion and cool the skin, making it look more youthful over time. It works as an effective blood purifier and helps fight blemishes and the appearance of dark patches.
Step 1 - Mix 2 tablespoons of sandalwood powder with rose water to form a thick paste.
Step 2 - Apply this over the affected areas and leave for 30 minutes. Wash off with warm water and pat dry.
You can follow this remedy once or even twice daily for a few weeks until you see a change in your skin tone.
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Published on Jan 19, 2016