Hyper pigmentation is characterised by dark patches and spots on the skin. While it generally doesn’t pose a danger to health, it can be quite a bother – especially when it’s on the face. How does it occur? Hyper pigmentation can result from many things, like prolonged exposure to the Sun’s UV rays and toxins, genetics, wounds, cosmetic products, inflammation, and even pills. In Ayurveda, it is believed to also result from aggravation of Pitta and Vata doshas. But not to worry, with a doctor’s approval, you can try these home remedies for pigmentation.
Home Remedies For Pigmentation
1. Fenugreek (Methi) Paste
Fenugreek, also called methi in India, is one of the most effective home remedies for pigmentation. It cools the skin, thus getting rid of excess Pitta. It also cleanses the skin and may reduce melanin concentration. Crush a handful of fenugreek leaves into a fine paste and apply it onto your skin. Wash off after 20 minutes. Here are more benefits of fenugreek.
2. Sandalwood Powder
The fragrant sandalwood is a precious skin care ingredient. It is deeply cleansing, soothing, and healing. Sandalwood promotes repair in the skin, thus getting rid of pigmentation that results from external damage. Like fenugreek, it also reduces Pitta. How to get rid of pigmentation with sandalwood? Mix sandalwood powder with equal parts milk to form a thick paste. Apply as a mask and rinse off after about 20 minutes.
3. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is a powerful ingredient that can be used for pigmentation treatment at home. It is popular in Ayurveda as a pigmentation fighting agent. Apart from reducing dark spots, lemon deep cleanses the skin, reduces greasiness and can heal acne. Here’s what to to: squeeze the juice out of half a lemon and dilute it with a little water. Apply it to your skin and wash off after 10 minutes. This remedy doesn’t suit sensitive skin, since lemon can cause irritation.
4. Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera gel is one of the best home remedies for pigmentation on face and elsewhere. It’s generally mild for most skin types and unlike lemon which is drying, aloe vera provides moisturisation. Therefore, it softens skin. It also stimulates healing and can reduce signs of ageing. Just apply pure aloe vera gel onto your face and rinse off after 15 minutes. Here are some more benefits of aloe vera.
5. Turmeric Paste
Next on the list of home remedies for pigmentation is turmeric paste. Turmeric is a heavily researched herb with tons of beauty as well as health benefits. One of them is lightening spots and patches. Turmeric works by lowering inflammation, having antioxidant effects, and cleansing the skin. It’s also a great Ayurvedic herb for acne. Mix turmeric powder and milk to form a thick paste and massage it onto the affected area. After it dries out, rinse off with lukewarm water.
Over To You!
Have you tried any of these remedies? Or another one perhaps, that you’d like to add to this list? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section!
Note: This article is solely for the purpose of sharing information. Please do not substitute it for professional medical advice. Ingredients discussed can interfere with certain medications. So before using anything to treat yourself, always consult your doctor.