As the largest organ of the human body, the skin is easily visible and therefore vulnerable to a number of environmental conditions. For instance, when exposed to long periods of sunlight, UV rays damage the pigment-creating cells, causing excessive melanin to be produced in the skin. This, in turn causes affected areas to darken, resulting in unsightly discolourations on various parts of your body.
Other Ways Your Skin Suffers From Hyperpigmentation
It is important to note that apart from long exposure to sunlight, hyperpigmentation is also caused by a number of other factors, including but not limited to, hormonal changes, genetics, allergic reactions and skin damage due to injury. Facing hyperpigmentation may feel like an uphill challenge that you cannot seem to overcome, but fret not, here are five ways you can battle hyperpigmentation naturally.
Noted for being a packed powerhouse of antioxidant, antibacterial and antiviral properties, the uses of turmeric powder are so versatile that it’s even believed to be able to prevent and treat cancer! It’s no surprise then, that this spice does wonders for your skin.
When mixed with lemon juice — a natural bleaching agent and a great source of vitamin C, this powder becomes a potent concoction that clears blemishes, enhances or maintains your skin’s radiant complexion, prevents hyperpigmentation and sustains healthy pH levels of the skin.
The calming aroma of sandalwood is otherworldly, just like the benefits it entails. Much like turmeric powder, sandalwood can be used as an disinfectant and aid in healing wounds. More importantly, it is an effective ingredient that fights hyperpigmentation. Adaptable in numerous ways, sandalwood is safe enough to be used, along with other ingredients, to control the production of melanin in your skin.
There are two ways to effectively use sandalwood — one is to turn it into a paste with rose water, which is known for its skin-lightening properties, and apply it on the affected areas of the skin. Alternatively, you could also prepare a face mask with milk and sandalwood and leave it on your face for half an hour.
Being one of the most versatile plants in the world has its benefits. The plant is renowned for its anti-pigmentation properties, thanks to an enzyme called catecholase, that controls the production of melanin in the skin.
The directions of its use are easy and almost effortless: Use a potato slice after you’ve gotten out of the shower. If you’re suffering from hyperpigmentation on your face, after your facial regime, rub the potato slice in a circular motion on the affected area for about 10 minutes before washing the treated area with lukewarm water. Results are best seen after repeating the procedure twice or three times a week.
This delicious fruit can be enjoyed in more ways than one. Known to be an excellent source of hydration for the skin, the succulent fruit is packed with enzymes called papain. Apart from leaving your skin healthy and glowing, papain is also responsible for skin whitening. Additionally, the fruit contains vitamins A, C and E, plus carotenoids that are great for preventing inflammation, and fighting the effects of free radicals.
There are a number of ways to utilise this fruit for skincare, but the simplest ways would be to hydrate your skin with the fleshy pulp of the fruit, along with some honey, for the best results and exfoliate your skin with the peel of an unripe papaya.
Coconut oil has been celebrated for ages for its versatility and amazing properties, that when used correctly, offer results that exceed expectations. Extracted from the coconut palm, which is full of vitamin E, coconut oil aids in hydrating the skin and encouraging skin renewal. For instance, it is believed that coconut oil regenerates not only the skin’s surface, but also the tissue underneath the skin.
Over time when new skin cells replace the older ones, the pigmentation marks start fading and your skin is restored to its former glory. The penetration rate of coconut oil is relatively higher than that of its counterparts, which is perfect if you need results fast!
Besides countering the effects of prolonged exposure to the sun, the oil is more commonly used as a post-treatment oil to ensure that your skin is protected from the sun and future darkening is prevented.
Bring Out Your Inner Glow
Dealing with hyperpigmentation doesn’t have to be an uphill battle — you can use simple everyday ingredients to treat and combat patches skin with uneven skin tone. However, do remember that everyone’s skin is different, and the same methods of self-care and treatment that works for someone might not always work for you. It is best to visit a dermatologist to get a professional opinion and clinically approved treatment for your condition.