Do you suffer from skin discoloration, especially on your face? That discolored area is a result of extra melanin production. Chronic sun exposure can trigger this problem, but it can also be caused by pregnancy, hormonal changes or Addison’s disease. For minor cases of skin discoloration, home remedies can be an effective treatment. However, darker or deeper areas of hypepigmentation can require over the counter or prescription medications. Another option involves meeting with a dermatologist to discuss more effective hyperpigmentation treatments in order to improve the appearance of your skin.
Home Remedies for Hyperpigmentation Treatment
While the home remedies we have listed can work as an effective hyperpigmentation treatment, you should always consult a physician before using these remedies if the hyperpigmentation is a result of pregnancy.
The gel from the aloe vera plant has been used for thousands of years as a cure for a number of ailments. To use this treatment, create a mask made from seaweed, aloe vera and raw honey. Mix the ingredients and allow it to settle for twenty minutes, and then apply to the affected areas. Leave on for thirty to sixty minutes and rinse off using warm water. You can repeat this treatment once daily.
Most people know that the citric acid in lemon juice can bleach the hair and skin. Potato juice also has properties that can cause the skin to lighten. Mix both of these juices together and apply them to the affected area. Leave the juice on for thirty minutes, rinsing it off using cool water. Repeat this treatment once daily.
Orange peels contain citric acid and adding some milk and honey to form a paste can work wonders on the texture and appearance of your skin. Make a powder of dried orange peels, adding some milk, lemon juice and enough honey to create the right consistency for a mask. Leave in on for twenty minutes, rinsing it off using cool water. You can repeat this treatment once daily.
DIY Masks to Treat Hyperpigmentation
A homemade mask made with fuller’s earth, vitamin E and papaya can be applied twice a week and it can work to even out the skin tone. Mix half a cup of fuller’s earth with a tablespoon of mashed papaya. Then, open two capsules of vitamin E, squeezing the oil into the mixture. Leave the mask on for one hour.
Mix powdered sandalwood with cucumber juice or tomato juice. Apply to the affected areas of skin daily, in order to reduce skin discoloration.
Blend a tablespoon of honey with a teaspoon of lemon juice and a tablespoon of almond powder. Make sure that the ingredients you use are organic. Apply the mixture to the affected areas and leave it on for fifteen minutes. Rinse off using warm water.
A mint and cucumber mask will feel refreshing and cool and it helps to treat hyperpigmentation. Mix one raw egg with eight leaves of fresh mint and beat until frothy. Then, mash half a cucumber and add it to the mint egg mixture. Leave the mask on for twenty to thirty minutes, rinsing it off with warm water. You can repeat this treatment once daily.
If your skin is dry and the skin tone is uneven, then it’s also important that you consider making changes to your diet. Anything that’s rich in vitamin E, such as veggies and fruits, can work wonders for reducing hyperpigmentation while also moisturizing your skin from the inside out.
Cosmetic Procedures Designed to Improve Your Skin Tone
Sometimes, do it yourself treatments just don’t work. If you’re at a loss for how to treat your skin condition, it might be time to meet with a dermatologist.
There are several creams that work to treat hyperpigmentation by blocking the production of melanin. Usually these creams will contain the active ingredient called hydroquinone which is a chemical that works to lighten the skin. Some of these creams are available by prescription only. Other creams designed to lighten the skin will contain mild acids or steroids. Keep in mind that the consistent use of these creams can cause the skin to become red and irritated.
Depigmentation masks contain chemicals that are designed to lighten the skin. These ingredients will block the production of melanin and cause the skin to peel and slough off, revealing the fresh skin that lies underneath. This treatment will begin in a dermatologist’s office, where the mask will be applied. It continues at home with the application of prescription creams which are meant to complement the initial treatment. After treatment the skin will be red, inflamed and the skin will peel.
Laser treatment is also an option. This type of procedure is designed to remove the top layers of discolored skin, revealing the new fresh skin underneath. Depending on the severity of the skin discoloration, a patient may need up to ten laser therapy sessions in order to effectively even out the skin tone.