Dark skin patches are a sign of hyperpigmentation. They can appear anywhere on the body including face, arms, and neck. It is a result of an abnormal increase of melanin production. Melanin is a dark or brown skin pigment that occurs in the skin and hair. This pigment makes our skin tan when we go sunbathing.
Yet too much of this pigment is ugly especially on our face. There are several causes of hyperpigmentation. Excessive UV ray exposure, stress leading to hormonal changes, or chemical exposure causes hyperpigmentation.
We can treat this condition through an in-clinic peeling procedure or by using these homemade remedies.
1. Milk and lemon treatment
A mixture of milk and lemon is a natural and gentle peeling solution to apply at home. Lemon juice is a natural bleach. Milk contains alpha hydroxy acids that peels away discolored skin. In a bowl, mix ¼ cup of whole milk or evaporated milk with about a tablespoon of lemon juice. Apply as a mask on the face or on the affected area. Let it sit for about 15-30 minutes maximum. Rinse off with fresh water. Do this treatment preferrable at night before bedtime, for about once or twice a week in several months until you see some changes.
Caution: Some people have extra sensitive skin and may react adversely to this mixture. If your skin burns, rinse off right away.
2. Apple cider vinegar treatment
Apple cider vinegar offers healing benefits for the skin and hair. Apple cider vinegar is a natural astringent that helps remove dark skin blotches caused by hyperpigmenation. Mix a cup of water with a cup of apple cider vinegar. Use this solution as a facial or body rinse. Leave on the skin for about 3 minutes. Then rinse with lukewarm water. Do this treatment two times a day for several weeks until results are noticeable.
3. Turmeric powder and lemon treatment
Both ingredients have whitening properties. Also both offer therapeutic benefits for various skin disorders aside from skin hyperpigmentation. Mix a teaspoon of lemon juice with a teaspoon of turmeric. Apply on the affected spot and leave in for about 15-20 minutes maximum. Rinse off with warm water. Do this treatment before taking a shower. Also do not go out under the sun for at least an hour after using this treatment.
4. Natural vitamins for hyperpigmentationAntioxidant vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E help relieve the symptoms of hyperpigmentation. They help prevent skin discoloration due to the ultraviolet rays of the sun. They also protect the skin from harmful free radicals, skin diseases, and premature aging. Vitamin A increases cell turnover, promoting young and supple complexion. Vitamin C boosts collagen production to keep skin elastic. Vitamin E is a natural skin moisturizer to keep skin plump and glowing.
Prepare a simple vitamin C face serum or spritz by mixing distilled water and lemon juice or vitamin C powder. Here’s a recipe to try. A good quality liquid vitamin A is also a good topical and oral supplement to fight skin aging, improve skin quality, and prevent hyperpigmentation.
Note: Personally, I like adding a liquid supplement in my smoothies. It increases the power of my beautifying glass everyday.