How To Reduce And Prevent Hyperpigmentation Naturally
After my previous videos on “5 Things That Can Worsen Your Skin Pigmentation” and “Foods You Can Eat To Make Melasma Better”, I still got a lot of requests that I should talk about pigmentation yet a little more and how to make it better. If you guys need to know information about what hyperpigmentation actually is and what you might be doing in your daily life that is making it worse, you can head onto my previous video in which I’ve covered different types of pigmentation and things we do that make the pigmentation worse.
So, let’s start with how you can prevent Hyperpigmentation.
1. Keep your hands off your face
As tempting as it might be to pop your pimples, scratch a mosquito bite or squeeze a stubborn blackhead, think back to your mother’s warning — “Don’t pick!” — and pay attention. Because Scratching and picking at a spot will only increase the inflammation that’s responsible for skin discoloration. The more you mess with it now, the worse it’ll get later.
So keep your hands off of your facial injuries, blackheads, bites and acne, please.
2. Broad Spectrum SPF
Now this is the number one rule for any kind of skincare routine and concern. You just can’t get by without sunscreen in your life. The absence of sunscreen use will show up on your face one way or another.
Sunscreen is the golden rule to avoid and pretend and even help reduce the skin pigmentation. Otherwise UV rays will make your pigmentation darker with exposure.
Also, you need SPF 30 and more with ingredients like Titanium Oxide, Zinc Oxide because it will give you protection from both UVA and UVB rays.
3. Wear a hat or cover exposed areas
More protection, the merrier. I personally believe that along with sunblock, extra measures should be taken as well. You can’t just lather on sunscreen and expect it to do a 100% job. You need extra protection and precautions. So use umbrellas, hats to protect your face a little better.
That said, let’s move on to the treatment part. Now, the one thing you should know is the sooner you treat hyperpigmentation, the easier it will be to get rid of. The pigment in brown spots can move deeper into the skin over time.
Like any medical condition, you should always see a doctor first. Follow their treatment and advice.
When you get treatments from a dermatologist, they’ll chemical peels like lactic acid, citric acid, glycolic acid and salicylic acid to treat the hyperpigmentation.
What I’m going to recommend are a few natural hacks you can use at home quite easily and will have the same results as the peels above – just milder and slower. Know that these natural treatments can’t completely heal your hyperpigmentation, of course. But these certainly do help with better texture and clearer skin.
So, let’s start with remedy number one.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
• Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar and 1 part water.
• Apply to the pigmented area for a few minutes.
• Rinse the area thoroughly afterwards.
• Use twice daily.
Keep an eye out for any signs of irritation, and stop using the vinegar if irritation appears in the area.
2. Aloe Vera
1. Apply pure aloe vera gel to pigmented areas before bedtime.
2. Rinse using warm water the next morning.
3. Repeat daily until your skin color improves.
How to use yogurt?
• Apply yogurt directly to the pigmented area or you can soak a cotton ball in milk, both of these ingredients will work for you.
• Let the yogurt or milk sit for a few minutes.
• Rinse the area thoroughly and apply moisturizer.
• Repeat this process two times a day and it might help improve your dark spots.
5. Red Lentils
How to make your own mask?
• Soak 50 grams of red lentils overnight in a bowl of water.
• Create a fine paste using a blender or food processor.
• Apply the paste evenly over your face and leave it on for 20 minutes.
• Rinse with cold water.
6. Green Tea
Green tea also works really well to lighten the hyperpigmentation because it has an active ingredient called EGCG. EGCG is an antioxidant that helps block the processes in cells that lead to over pigmentation. The green tea leaves themselves also contain gallic acid and ellagic acid, which will help improve the skin texture and complexion.
How to use it?
• Simply place wet tea bags over your dark spots.
Hyperpigmentation is usually quite harmless and is more of a cosmetic concern rather than a medical one. These home remedies for pigmentation can definitely help you lighten the pigmentation to some extent.
Just take good care of yourself and show yourself the love you deserve and your skin and body will always be thankful.
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