Skin pigmentation is a common problem. It’s defined as skin discoloration caused by various factors like sun exposure, hormones, or skin damage. While skin pigmentation is usually harmless, it’s a cosmetic issue that many people would like to treat. In our post ‘Extreme Weather Can Cause a Skin Care Disaster’ we talked about the value of going past highly advertised beauty products and finding something that works for you. For instance, there are several remedies that can treat skin pigmentation at home, using simple ingredients you can find in your kitchen. Below, we’ll tackle five remedies we recommend are worth trying.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a useful household and cooking product. Seek and Read notes that apple cider vinegar helps in removing dark patches and restoring the skin to its natural color. There are many ways to go about using ACV for skin pigmentation, and one of them is by mixing equal amounts of ACV and lemon juice in a bowl (if you have sensitive skin, add equal parts water as well). Afterwards, dab the solution on your skin using a ball of cotton. Leave the mixture for up to 30 minutes and wash off with cold water. This helps in removing noticeable pigmentation marks on your face.
Cow’s milk contains a compound called lactic acid, which is often used in skin whitening products. It’s also used in some facial washes to brighten skin. It’s been proven that lactic acid can be used to treat melasma, a skin condition wherein gray-brown patches appear on the face. To use this treatment, soak a cotton swab in milk and gently rub all over the affected area. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water. Repeat twice daily.
Style Craze claims that green tea has a depigmenting effect when applied to the skin since it helps in preventing free radicals from settling in between skin cells. You can purchase green tea extract and apply it to your skin or use green tea bags which work just as well. To try it out, steep a green tea bag in boiled water for three to five minutes. Remove the tea bag from the water and allow it to cool. Then, rub the tea bag over the affected area. Repeat this twice a day until black spots disappear.
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which reduces the effects of photodamage and skin pigmentation. To use this remedy, slice a ripe tomato and rub it on the affected area. Let it dry for 10 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water. Do this twice a day.
Black tea reduces the effects of harmful UV rays, the leading cause of skin pigmentation. Similar to the application of green tea, soak the black tea bag and apply it to the affected area. The natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties help in taming the skin eruption brought about by UV damage. More and more people are seeking natural remedies as an alternative to going to a hospital where price for treatments are high, especially for non-life threatening conditions. One of the reasons why medical treatment is so expensive is due to the shortage of medical professionals. So much so that Maryville University outlines that there’s only one qualified candidate for every four available nurse practitioner jobs, leading to a huge shortage in the U.S. Given this shortage, natural remedies prove to be a quicker, cheaper and hassle-free solution to patients with conditions such as skin pigmentation. Not to mention, opting to use natural products means being environmentally friendly while working towards that glowing, clear skin at the same time.