How To Cure Hyperpigmentation
Dark spots are one of the most frustrating skin problems as it can be hard to treat and can seriously impair your self-esteem, but there are ways you can get rid of hyperpigmentation naturally! There are many products on the market promising to cure your hyperpigmentation woes, but unfortunately the vast majority of them are loaded with chemicals, toxins and other substances you should never consider even touching, let alone rubbing all over your face!
Fortunately, there are some powerful natural at-home treatments for your skin that if followed correctly and are done on a regular basis can make a huge impact on any hyperpigmentation patches you may have. Curing hyperpigmentation naturally takes patience and time, but the results are worth the wait!
Hyperpigmentation is usually defined as unnaturally dark patches of skin on the face or body due to increased melanin in that area. Melanin is a pigment responsible for giving colour to your hair, skin and nails, but if it is concentrated in one specific area then that area will be darker than the rest of your skin. Melanin increases with sun exposure as melanocytes, which are responsible for producing melanin, become overactive resulting in increased melanin and thus hyperpigmentation.
What Causes Hyperpigmentation?
Overexposure to the sun is not the only cause of this condition. There are many factors that can be linked to hyperpigmentation including; heredity, certain medications, hormone treatments, picking of the skin and skin inflammation such as acne. Hormonal changes are also a big factor in hyperpigmentation and this is very common in pregnancy when a woman develops melasma, known as the ‘mask of pregnancy.’
Melasma is characterized as dark, irregular skin patches found on the upper cheek, nose, lips, upper lip and forehead. A tan, freckles, age spots and dark under-eye circles are also examples of hyperpigmentation.
Can Hyperpigmentation Affect Anyone?
While it is true that hyperpigmentation can affect anyone, it is more common among certain ethnicities such as African, Mediterranean, Asian or Latin, in other words -people with a naturally darker skin.
How To Prevent Hyperpigmentation
The most important factor to remember in preventing this frustrating condition is to protect your skin! Never leave the house without an SPF of at least 15 in the winter and SPF30 in the summer. This is key in preventing the over-stimulation of melanocytes. Also make sure your sunscreen is mineral based, rather than chemical based.
Certain bioavailable herbal extracts have been shown to inhibit melanin production. Nightly Repair Nectar was designed specifically to lighten skin and reduce melanocyte activity, while still being natural and certified organic. With regular use, you should see visible lightening in a few weeks or less!
Natural At-Home Ayurvedic Treatments
Exfoliation is very important as hyperpigmentation is also found in the top dead layers of skin. Therefore, regular exfoliation really helps in minimizing the appearance of hyperpigmentation.
Most of us have the following ingredients sitting in our kitchens and by whipping them up and applying on a regular basis, you will see a marked improvement and even get rid of hyperpigmentation!. The other benefit? Since you are mixing everything together yourself, you know exactly what you are putting on your face and you can rest assured that they are all free of chemicals! In fact you can eat every ingredient, that’s how safe it is!
Daily Ayurvedic Mask
You will need:
- 1 Crushed tomato
- 2 tsp Oatmeal
- ½ tsp Organic Greek yogurt
What to do:
Use a sieve to extract the juice from the crushed tomato into a bowl. Add the oatmeal and yogurt and mix together. Apply onto affected patches and allow to dry naturally for about 15-20 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water. Repeat this once a day, morning or evening.
Natural Ayurvedic Exfoliation Remedy
You will need:
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
What to do:
Simply mix the lemon juice and turmeric together and apply for 15 minutes before rinsing off with cold water. Do this one to two times a week, more often if needed, preferably at bedtime as you should not expose your skin to the sun right after you do this treatment.
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