For your skin to be able to exudate its natural glow, it should be free from spots, blemishes and marks – most of which are caused by an uneven distribution of excess of pigmentation on the skin. A whole lot of skin issues can be solved once we clear pigmentation. We can also make the skin healthy inside out as uneven pigmentation is a sign of ill-health of the skin and not just a cosmetic issue.
How do we attend to pigmentation? Are chemical and other hardcore treatments the only answer? Well, not necessarily. It is definitely worth it to give natural treatments a shot before you go on ahead try harsher treatments. Especially when your pigmentation isn’t too spread out and thick, a regular use of some of the home remedies that we’ve listed out here should be of help.
What Causes Pigmentation of your skin?
Before you decide what treatment would be best for your pigmentation, you should find out what caused it. It is easy to find the reason behind your pigmentation as most of the time, it’s quite evident. Here are a few common reasons behind skin pigmentation.
Genetic factors : Just like the colour of your skin is determined by the amount of melanin in it, the abnormalities with melanin distribution are also sometimes carried through genes. In such cases, it is a genetic issue.
Hormonal changes : Many women experience pigmentation during pregnancy or during the onset of their menstrual cycle. This is because of the change in the hormones in their body and goes away when the hormones get back to normal.
Exposure to sun : Too much exposure to the sun can sometimes cause pigmentation that can be hard to remove unless you use some natural or chemical treatments. This can be caused when your skin is especially sensitive to sun.
Addison’s disease : Addison’s disease which is a hormonal disorder is characterized by hyper-pigmentation as a primary side effect. This is because a chemical called as ACTH attaches itself to melanin causing a spread-out of the pigment unevenly all over the body. Curing the disease is necessary for this kind of pigmentation.
Injury to the skin : Sometimes when the skin goes through an injury, a burn or something of that sort, there is a chance that it reacts by causing pigmentation around the area. This usually goes away in a while. Using remedies can speeden up the process.
10 Home Remedies to fight pigmentation
Simple home remedies, such as these listed out here, that were tried and tested and are safe for the skin can many a times heal your pigmentation. You can find the ingredients of these masks and scrubs with ease and they are easy for use as well. Go on ahead and give them a try.
Onion Juice for pigmentation
Onion is one of the most used home remedies for pigmentation and there in fact have been many testimonies of great results. The main reason that onion juice works so well is the Vitamin C in it which makes it break down the melanin.
Along with that, Onion juice can handle allergy-based pigmentation as well because of its anti-inflammatory action. Using it can be side-effect free too, making it safe for most skin types. We show you how you can make and use this simple onion juice remedy for pigmentation.
- Take two medium sized onions and grind them.
- Strain the juice out of this pulp that you get.
- If you would like, dilute this onion juice by adding little water to it (this applies to those with a rather sensitive skin).
- Apply it over the pigmented parts of your skin and massage it for it to seep into the skin.
Papaya for pigmentation
Papaya is often a highly recommended remedy for skin pigmentation and many other skin issues, majorly for its ability to even out the skin tone. The enzyme Papain that is present in it is responsible for all these actions of the fruit.
It can exfoliate the skin and this is one of the primary reasons why the skin gets so clear upon its use. Along with that, it can also break down melanin making the skin even and bright. Here’s a simple means in which you can use Papaya for your skin.
- Peel off the skin of Papayas and make a paste out of the pulp.
- Apply this pulp directly or with some base such as rose water or lemon juice and leave it on your skin.
- After about 20 minutes, you can wash your skin off of the papaya.
- Using this remedy every day can make your pigmentation reduce by a considerable amount.
Lemon juice for pigmentation
Lemon juice is known for its Vitamin C and its anti-oxidants which help in healing the skin from pigmentation. You can use it as a base with any other anti-pigmentation remedy or all by itself as well.
It can be a great means to make your skin tone even by removing pigmentation and blemishes along with dark spots. Here’s a simple means in which you can use the Lemon juice for your pigmented skin.
- Squeeze out some lemon juice and with a cotton swab, apply it over the pigmented skin on your body.
- Leave it on for a while (a 15 minutes) and then wash it off.
- Making this lemon juice rub a pre-bath ritual can be a good way to fight off pigmentation over a period of time.
Avocado for pigmentation
Avocado is one of the best skin care ingredients and works well in eliminating pigmentation upon regular use. It is rich in Oleic acid, a fatty acid and Vitamin E, both of which act in curbing allergic reactions that lead to pigmentation.
Along with that, the Vitamin C that it has got acts as a bleach removing dark melanin formations and pigmentation on the skin. Here’s a simple Avocado face mask that you can use for this purpose.
- Peel a couple of Avocados and make a fine paste out of the pulp by grinding it with water.
- Apply this paste over your skin on the areas where pigmentation is prominent.
- Let it stay for a while (15 to 20 minutes) and wash it off after you are done.
- Using this pack (with varying ingredients as solvents such as rose water or milk or any oil) every day can work great against pigmentation.
Orange Peel for pigmentation
Orange, being a citrus fruit, the peel is rich in Vitamin C. Vitamin C, as we know is one of the primary pigmentation fighting vitamins that bleaches out the dark spots and excess of melanin and hence, using Orange peel has become quite popular in this regard.
An orange peel powder face mask helps in keeping your skin radiant and removing pigmentation when used regularly. Here’s how you make an all-natural orange peel face mask.
- Take some orange peels and dry them in an oven or under the sun so that they become very hard.
- Grind them into a fine powder.
- Use this powder as a face mask by making a paste out of it with rose water or water.
- You can also use it as a mask elsewhere on the skin where pigmentation is seen and leave it on for about a 20 minutes before you wash it off.
Chamomile essential oil for pigmentation
Chamomile is a calming agent that we often use in the form of tea for healing stress. The anti-inflammatory nature of Chamomile also helps in making an allergy-based pigmentation alleviate by a great amount.
Along with that, it can also breakdown melanin and this is a property that is great to fight skin pigmentation issues. We can either use it in the form of an essential oil directly or with a base like Coconut or Almond oils. Sometimes, the tea bags can also help get rid of pigmentation for us.
- Take a few drops of Chamomile oil and rub it gently over the skin where pigmentation is seen.
- Leave it on for a while before you wipe or wash it off.
- An alternate-day treatment with Chamomile essential oil can work against pigmentation to a good extent.
Liquorice for pigmentation
Liquorice root extract is one of the most effective anti-pigmentation agents. This is because of this element called ‘Glabridin’ that it’s got in it. It helps breakdown melanin and fight dark spots and pigmentation on the skin.
Getting a pure strain of the Liquorice root extract is your first task and once you do it, it’s quite simple to use on your skin. The extract is usually in the form of a powder (and sometimes as a liquid). Here’s how you use the powder.
- Take some Liquorice root extract powder and make a paste out of it.
- Apply this paste over your pigmented parts of the skin and leave it on for about 20 minutes before you wash it off.
- You might want to do a patch test for Liquorice as it can trigger some reactions in some rare cases.
- Using a mild version of it also advisable.
Coffee for pigmentation
Along with a good exfoliation and cleansing one of the reasons that we use coffee on skin so often is because of its anti-tan effects. It can brighten the skin upon regular use and remove dark spots and pigmentation by breaking down the pigment. It can also calm the immune system’s reaction in case the pigmentation is an allergic reaction to something.
A coffee face mask or coffee scrub works best in reducing pigmentation on the skin on different parts of it. All you need is some coffee powder and here’s how this simple face mask made of coffee can save your skin from pigmentation.
- Take some coffee powder and use a flour (like gram flour) to make a face mask out of it.
- Apply it over your face and the skin where there is pigmentation and leave it in for about 20 minutes.
- Wash it off post that.
- This is usually a harmless remedy and therefore you can use it every day for good results against your pigmentation.
Turmeric for pigmentation
Turmeric is yet another simple and harmless remedy that is used to remove thick and stubborn chains of pigmentation on the skin upon regular use. This ancient remedy works because of a substance called curcumin that it has got. It is an anti-inflammatory agent that reduces pigmentation that is caused as an allergic reaction.
It can also work in reducing the melanin production of the body thereby fighting pigmentation, scars, dark spots and the like. Here’s a simple turmeric and milk face mask that can work against pigmentation for you.
- Take some milk and add enough turmeric so that it becomes a reasonably thick paste.
- Apply this paste on the pigmented parts of the skin and leave it on for a while.
- Wash it off in about half an hour.
- You can use this remedy everyday for wiping out pigmentation eventually.
Mint essential oil for pigmentation
Mint or spearmint can be a great way to fight many skin ailments while they also keep the skin clean and glowing. They have a great cleansing and exfoliating nature which makes it clear out the dead skin cells and propagate the growth of the new skin. Along with that, the mint also removes scars and pigmentation.
If your pigmentation was a reaction of some external agent, the anti-inflammatory properties of the mint can also work in calming that down. Here’s how we use mint in the form of an essential oil for pigmentation.
- Take some base oil such as coconut oil and add a teaspoon of mint essential oil to it.
- Apply this mixture of these two oils over the pigmented parts of your skin and massage gently.
- After you massage for a while, leave it on for another half an hour and then wash or wipe it off.
- You can use this remedy every alternate day for good results.
If you notice that any of these remedies is causing an uncomfortable sensation on your skin, we’d suggest that you stop using it and consult your physician before you continue with the use. Also, it would be best if you could try out using them elsewhere on your skin before using them on your face in the form of a patch test.
Pigmentation may seem like a serious issue but when you take good enough care of your skin, it can be cured in a few weeks to months’ time. This includes taking good care of your skin inside out – eating and hydrating well. Along with that, some additional protection such as the use of only cosmetics that are not harsh your skin and not going out in the sun too much can all be of help. Let us know if our remedies for pigmentation have been of help to you and of your fight with pigmentation!