You’re washing your face one day — business as usual — and, seemingly out of the blue, you notice a weird new dark mark. Is it in the same place as that pimple of yesteryear? Did it pop up after a particularly long day in the sun this past weekend? These are all factors to consider before you even start to think about treatment. Not all dark spots are created equal — and, in turn, they should not be treated equally. We all know that melanin is nothing but a blessing from our Creator and as women of color, of all the skin disorders that affect our skin, hyperpigmentation, especially dark spots, is the chief complaint. When we break the skin from a cut, burn or a pimple, skin cells produce more melanin for protection, which results in a dark spot or patch.
Hyperpigmentation is essentially caused by the excess production of melanin by the melanocyte cells of our body.and a number of factors such as injury, skin disorders, acne scars, allergic reactions, exposure to the sun, and sometimes medication encourage this abnormal production which can be difficult to treat. It’s aggravated by friction, heat sources and sun exposure, and often worsened by the various methods used to treat it, like microdermabrasion, IPL, lasers, sonic brushes, and potent combinations of retinoids, steroids, and hydroquinone.
There are a couple of home treatments for hyperpigmentation. So scurry into the kitchen and find your cure.
Lemon contains citric acid that helps bleach the skin, making it a popular home treatment for hyperpigmentation. This natural bleaching agent can effectively fade dark blemishes on your skin.
Raw potato works very well to help lighten hyperpigmented skin as well as other spots and blemishes on the skin. Potatoes contain catecholase, an enzyme that is believed to help lighten skin tone.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is simply miraculous when it comes to reducing the appearance of dark patches on the skin due to hyperpigmentation. It has excellent skin lightening as well as astringent properties that can help restore your skin’s natural color.
Turmeric has bleaching properties that can help get rid of the symptoms of hyperpigmented skin. Plus, turmeric can keep the skin free of infection.
Aloe vera works excellently on hyperpigmented skin due to the presence of mucilaginous polysaccharides in the gel. It can remove the dead skin cells and promote regeneration of new skin cells.