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The Best Hyperpigmentation Treatment You Can Do From Home

Dr. Huda Ashraf Bukhari

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For a lot of people, appearance is of great importance as it ties into their self-esteem. This can hinder confidence in these people and finding the right hyperpigmentation treatment can be incredibly difficult. Hyper-pigmentation is the darkening and discoloring of an area of the skin and particularly appears on the face and arms. It is caused by sun damage, inflammation, acne vulgaris or excessive production of melanin (generally attributed to hormonal changes). It can affect the skin very easily and quickly but takes months to get removed. Women end up spending a lot of money to buy concealers, foundations and the popular bb creams just to even out their complexion. This issue can be solved with some simple tips. C’mon ladies! Say good-bye to your creams and face the world make-up free with your natural bare faces. Try the following natural remedies to reverse hyper-pigmentation:

1- Lemon:

It is no doubt that lemon is a great skin-lightening toner since it has citric acid which bleaches our skin, lightens our complexion and fades the dark spots. Its combination with honey works wonders and is a very effective hyperigmentation treatment. Although it should be noted that this may not be the best treatment for those with very sensitive skin, but do not worry there are still plenty of simple treatments you can undergo from the comfort of your home.

2- Raw Potato:

Raw potato has a natural enzyme which lightens one’s skin tone and removes spots and blemishes. Applying its juice on the face improves the texture of the skin and removes dark circles from under eyes as well. One really quick way to do this is to cut a slice of potato and dip it in water, then apply this slice to the affected area for ten minutes. Do this multiple times per week for the best results.

3- Apple Cider Vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar miraculously reduces dark patches and discoloring due to hyper-pigmentation. Its powerful properties tighten the skin and help restore its natural color. It is able to do this thanks to the large amounts of safe organic acid that it contains. Using acid in this way is called chemical peeling and is a very effective hyperpigmentation treatment. All you have to do is mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and water, and then leave it on your skin for a couple of minutes. Do this twice a day for the best results.

4- Vitamin E:

As we know, hyper-pigmentation is the result of direct sun exposure. Vitamin E neutralizes the effects of harmful UV rays since it is an antioxidant that repairs and protects our skin. It can be applied with castor oil, honey or papaya to amplify results. You can leave this mixture on your face overnight and then rinse in the morning to see the results. Vitamin E is also already being used in a number of skincare products like anti-aging creams.

5- Turmeric:

Turmeric is a cheap and yet extremely effective treatment to reduce hyper pigmentation. It has great healing and bleaching properties. It also acts as an anti-bacterial agent, reducing the chances of infection. It is an incredibly effective natural hyperpigmentation treatment and can be used for a number of other skin conditions such as skin inflamation. Tumeric is a magic-maker, just give it a try!

6- Aloe Vera:

Aloe Vera is another great way to treat hyper pigmentation. It contains salicylic acid which removes  dead cells and lightens the skin tone. Its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties treat acne and many other skin problems wonderfully.

7- Raw Honey:

Honey nourishes and moisturizes the skin. It removes the dead skin revealing a fresh layer of skin. It is a natural cleanser that also treats the hyper-pigmentation by lightening the dark patches.

8- Full fat yogurt:

It greatly fades dark spots and blemishes and gives the skin a fresh glow thanks to the lactic acid that it contains. This acid is also very good at treating stubborn fungal infections and can be used multiple times a day. For the best results, leave it on the affected area for 20 minutes and then wash off with water.

Useful tips to reduce hyper-pigmentation:

Avoid direct sun exposure

  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Take care of personal hygiene
  • Drink plenty of water
  •  Eat fresh fruits and vegetables (particularly green vegetables)
  • Don’t pop acne spots as that may cause an infection or leave a hyper-pigmented scar

If the hyper-pigmented spots do not fade, our dermatologists are here to suggest other ways to get rid of them. Our beauty and skin-care experts will help you figure out the best solution for hyper-pigmented skin. You can book an appointment with dermatologists in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad through oladoc.com. You can also call our helpline at 042-3890-0939 for assistance to find the Right doctor for your health concerns.

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.

Dr. Huda Ashraf Bukhari - Author Dr. Huda Ashraf Bukhari is a Dermatologist practicing in Karachi. Dr. Huda Ashraf Bukhari has the following degrees: MBBS, FCPS and has 10 years of experience. She believes that anyone can have good skin, all they need is a skin care routine.
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