Hyperpigmentation or dyschromia is a form of skin disorder affecting millions of individuals around the world. Though there are different types of treatments available (some quite expensive), some of these treatments, apart from being not so effective, can sometimes make the disorder get even worse. That is why I’ll be sharing with you some cheap natural ways of treating hyperpigmentation.
Definition Of Hyperpigmentation
When areas or spots on the skin appear darker than the surrounding skin, it is termed hyperpigmentation. It is usually caused by excessive production of melanin in the skin, which result to formation of dark patches on the skin. There are several types of hyperpigmentation, these include:
- age spots
- liver spots
- pregnancy masks
Any of the above can form on the face, arms or hands.
Before we proceed, it will do us some good to have an overview of other forms of treatments that are available for this nagging skin disorder. That way, we will be able to appreciate the natural methods of treatment available.
Overview Of Other Treatment Options
IPL, otherwise known as Photofacial, is a type of treatment that employs intense pulsed light. But, improperly administering this treatment has led to the disorder getting worse in many cases
TCA Peel, also known as phenol peel or chemical peel is another form of treatment. This treatment involves great care and a high level of competency, otherwise, there could be scarring and a resulting pigment irregularity.
Laser Peel. I’m one of those who is quite sceptical about any intervention that requires laser application. Because use of lasers usually requires very high level of precision and concentration.
Then, there is the cosmetic approach which is basically using products with skin lightening ingredients. Though you may record temporary results, you know that the treatment is cosmetic and doesn’t really guarantee permanent cure of the skin disorder.
Related reading: Best Skin Lightening Products for Dark Skin [external link]
Natural Ways Of Treating Hyperpigmentation
Reduce Intake Of Calorie-dense Foods
I have strategically placed this on top of this list because eating healthy is the ultimate secret to maintaining an even skin tone. But rather, consume foods rich in nutrients, and don’t forget to keep your body hydrated by taking lots of water. Note that calorie-dense foods tend to produce more sugar that are in turn converted to fats, and fats are the perfect ingredient for acne and pimples formation. These in time leave dry patches on your facial skin leading to pigmentation and eventually, hyperpigmentation.
Applying Almond Oil
This oil is rich in several vitamins like vitamin A, B, and E. It also contains fatty acids that clear out skin pores, and because acne and pimples are a result of clogged skin pores, applying this oil helps to eliminate acne and pimples. Continuous use also helps to lighten dark spots, while the vitamin components moisturize the skin, clear out debris in pores, exfoliate dead skin and also regenerates new skin. It is applied to the skin by massaging it into the skin at night, before bedtime. Two weeks of continuous application should give visible results.
Applying Aloe Vera
Much has been written and said about this wonderful plant which has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, and these properties help to treat skin infections. Its effectiveness as a natural treatment for hyperpigmentation is similar to almond oils because it also removes dead skin while helping to regenerate new skin. It removes excess oil from your skin pores. The removal of dead skin reduces the appearance of dark spots. Fresh Aloe Vera gel is applied to the skin and allowed to remain for 30 minutes before washing it off. This procedure should be repeated daily for spotless, clear skin.
Of all the natural ways of treating hyperpigmentation, this is probably the most time-tested on this list. Combining antiseptic and astringent (skin- tightening) properties, it controls oil secretion and also tightens skin pores. It has a similar effect to others on this list, including exfoliation and skin regeneration effects. It also lightens skin tone due to the essential oils it contains. It is applied by making a paste of sandalwood, using rose water. Applying it to the affected areas and leaving for about 30 minutes before washing it off will usually do the trick if done daily until you achieve the desired results.
Apple Cider Vinegar
On this list, apple cider vinegar contains the highest level and amount of ingredients that are effective for removing skin pigmentation. Its sulphur content has been shown to even out uneven skin discolouration. Lactic acid, glycolic and citric acids exfoliate dead skin and also helps to bleach dark spots. Depending on the result you desire, you can also mix with lemon juice, and apply on the affected skin using cotton balls dabbed in apple cider vinegar, leave on for 20 minutes, and then wash off using cold water.
There are others which should be on this list of natural ways of treating hyperpigmentation, but we’ll cover those in another article. These include lemon juice, papaya, and raw potatoes. They, however, produce similar results. Do remember that whichever of these options you choose, be sure to be patient and consistent and you’ll be amazed at the results.