One of the most common causes of skin pigmentation is due to sun damage. Poorly protecting your skin from harsh ultraviolet rays will result in some discolouration over time, especially if you’re exposed frequently without wearing sunscreen. However, there are other factors that can disrupt the pigmentation of your skin, some of which include pregnancy hormones, endocrine diseases like Addison’s disease, melasma, certain medications, insulin resistance or skin irritation. If you’re someone who’s experiencing mild to moderate skin pigmentation, then here are seven remedies you can try at home with ingredients found in your fridge.
Aloe Vera Gel
A plant with many benefits, aloe vera holds aloin. This is a natural depigmenting substance that’s been shown to effectively lighten skin through its non-toxic methods. Just apply a small amount on any pigmented areas before bed and rinse it off in the morning with warm water. Repeat until you’ve reached the desired results.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Research has shown that apple cider vinegar can lighten darker pigmentation spots thanks to the acetic acid within. By combining it with water in a container, apply it to the desired areas and leave it on for two to three minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and repeat twice a day until you’ve reached the results you want.
The extract from a red onion is commonly used in certain scar and skin lightening products. Research has also shown that the dried skin of a red onion can lighten hyperpigmented areas as well.
Black Tea Water
Water from black tea has been shown to lighten dark spots on guinea pigs in a 2011 study, so why not humans as well? For this treatment, add a tablespoon of fresh black tea leaves to a boiling cup of distilled water. Leave it to steep for two hours before removing the leaves. Soaking a cotton ball in the tea, apply it to any and all dark spots twice a day for four weeks.
Whether you choose regular milk, sour milk or buttermilk, each one has effective skin lightening properties. The common ingredient among them is lactic acid, the reason this treatment is capable of dealing with pigmentation. All you need to do is soak a cotton pad in the product of your choice and rub it on the darkened patches twice a day. Repeat until you see desirable results.
The active ingredients within licorice extract have been shown to lighten pigmentations commonly caused by sun exposure and melasma. This ingredient is also used in many over the counter skin care creams.
A 2011 study found that tomato paste filling with lycopene effectively protected skin against both short and long term photodamage. This was achieved through the consumption of 55 grams of tomato paste mixed with olive oil on a daily basis for 12 weeks consistently.
At Kaloya Skin Care, our trained estheticians specialize in dealing with a variety of skin concerns. Located in Surrey, British Columbia, we provide various treatments to combat pigmentation, ageing and acne, some of which include chemical peels, facials, microdermabrasion and more. Give us a call to book an appointment and find out how you can get a free consultation.