Darkened skin or scientifically known as hyperpigmentation is the appearance of patches of skin that become darker than the surrounding area. The change in colour happens when there is an overproduction of melanin i.e. the pigment normally found in the skin. It was forming deposits that darken the skin colour.
Darkened skin can develop in people of all races. Darkened skin can also result from a combination of sun exposure and an allergic reaction, usually to a specific plant or chemical. Skin injury, such as acne lesions, trauma, bug bites, psoriasis or burn marks etc may be referred to as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Here are certain home remedies which will be beneficial in reducing hyperpigmentation.
Turmeric: It contains a potent anti-inflammatory antioxidant called curcumin that reduces the occurrence of blemishes, prevents skin infections and improves the skin’s texture.
Apple Cider Vinegar: The acids present in it work as skin-lightening agents by exfoliating the skin and bleaching dark spots. Apple cider vinegar can be harsh on sensitive skin, so it is best to dilute it with water before applying it. Also, it may burn a little, which is okay. However, if the burning is too discomforting, wash it off immediately and try using another remedy.
Aloe Vera: It contains antioxidants that protect against sun damage as well as free radicals. It also contains auxins and gibberellins, which are hormones that aid skin healing.
Vitamin E: Vitamin E has rightly been termed as the ‘skin vitamin’. Its antioxidants help protect and repair your skin. With regular use, it also helps reverse sun damage, revealing wrinkle-free and spot-free skin.
Castor Oil: Castor oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that help in rejuvenating the skin, thereby reducing hyperpigmentation. The antioxidants present in the oil also protect the skin from environmental damage.
Potato Slices: Potatoes can also get rid of hyperpigmentation. They contain high levels of catecholase that works as a natural skin-bleaching agent.
These are some of the things which are available in our kitchen. If your case is severe and not cured by home treatment then consult a dermatologist for better results.