Is your natural beauty eclipsed by dark, irregular patches on your skin? Having too much fun out in the sun can win you the tag of being a ‘real sport’, but then it can leave your skin with unwanted blemishes and dark spots as well. Hyperpigmentation, one of the biggest fallouts of too much sun exposure, is a skin concern that comes to the fore when excess melanin pools up in some areas of your skin. Result, unsightly dark patches and severe pigmentation. Nevertheless, it’s not only the sun that can be blamed for wreaking havoc on the skin. Anything from pregnancy to inflammation to hormonal changes and even certain illnesses and medication can stimulate melanocytes, leading to discoloration of the skin. Although you can battle this skin woe with topical creams and cosmetic surgeries, minor hyperpigmentation can be easily dealt with using ordinary kitchen ingredients. If your skin is scarred by dark and nasty patches, then trailing down the following section will open a whole new array of options for you.
Treatment For Hyperpigmentation
Although not detrimental in nature, hyperpigmentation can be a big cosmetic woe. One of the tried-and-tested ways to lighten pigmentation is to use lemon juice. Lemons are high in antioxidants that help lighten the skin. Applying a paste of turmeric, honey and lemon juice on hyperpigmented areas won’t just lighten the pigmentation, but will also remove dark spots from those areas.
Potato juice is a natural skin whitener. Just peel and slice a potato and squeeze the juice on the affected area. You will notice a big difference in just a few weeks time.
Another natural cure that works wonders for patients of hyperpigmentation is the humble avocado. Since this fruit is an extremely rich source of Vitamin E, it can be safely used to treat skin pigmentation. All you will need is a ripe avocado to begin with. Peel and mash the fruit and apply the paste on the pigmented areas of your skin. Apply avocado juice regularly for best results.
Pungent smelling it may be, but onions can work wonders for patients of hyperpigmentation. Just chop and blend the onions in a blender. Once done, separate the juice from the pulp using a muslin cloth. Add a dash of apple cider vinegar to this juice and apply the mix on the pigmented areas of your skin. Rinse off after 20 minutes. Using this juice regularly will help lighten the skin and get rid of the pigmentation.
Chemical peels not only help clear dead skin and dirt, but also help open clogged pores. You can choose from superficial, medium and deep peels, depending on the severity of the pigmentation.
Another way to treat hyperpigmentation is through microdermabrasion. This exfoliating treatment helps cleanse the skin, eliminates dead skin and reduces pigmentation, scars and dark spots.
Laser treatment is possibly the best and most preferred cosmetic cure available against hyperpigmentation. Laser treatment involves the use of intense laser beams to target and destroy the pigmentation, thereby leaving one with a uniform skin tone.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
For a more serious case of hyperpigmentation, one may need to resort to laser skin resurfacing treatment or carbon dioxide resurfacing. In this skin treatment, laser beams are used to penetrate deep into the skin and bump off multiple layers of skin. However, the recovery period is usually longer in this case. Therefore, opt for this form of treatment only if you have major scars and severe hyperpigmentation.
While you may opt for these hyperpigmentation treatments, make sure to catch up with a dermatologist if your skin patches persist and refuse to go.