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How to remove pigmentation

Guide to reduce Pigmentation!

Pigmentation is a common skin condition that makes your skin deeper than rest. In this matter, uneven patches appear on your face. What results in pigmentation? Melanin is a substance that skin cells produce naturally and that determines the color of your skin, hair, and eyes. When the production of melanin increases, some parts of the skin get deeper than the rest. So, if you are beginning to notice uneven patches on your face or body, it could be pigmentation. Read on this post to discover its causes, types, home remedies, and organic products to help reduce pigmentation.


Causes of pigmentation

Pigmentation on the face, neck, and around the mouth happens because of several reasons, which may vary from person to person. Here are some reasons of pigmentation spots:

  • Sun exposure
    Sun exposure is one of the major causes of pigmentation on cheeks & around the mouth. When you are exposed to UV rays, skin produces more melanin to protect your skin from sun damage. More melanin production leads to pigmentation that includes sun spots and age spots.
  • Inflammation
    If your skin is susceptible to acne or other skin conditions like eczema that leads to inflammation, then it's most likely to get pigmentation once the inflammation is healed.
  • Hormonal changes
    Hormonal changes due to pregnancy or other bodily imbalances, parts of the skin may become deeper that's scientifically known as Melasma. Melasma is a type of pigmentation in which brown patches appear on the skin.

Types of pigmentation

There are three most common types of pigmentation – age spots or sun spots, melasma, and post-inflammatory pigmentation. Let's understand these and their symptoms-

  • Age spots or sun spots
    Age spots are also scientifically known as liver spots or solar lentigines. Overexposure to the sun leads to brown or black patches on the skin. Generally, the areas that come in exposure to the sun such as the face, hands, neck, and other parts start showing signs of pigmentation. Those who remain in sun exposure for long and are more likely prone to skin pigmentation.
  • Melasma
    Melasma is also known as "the mask of pregnancy" because it happens during the pregnancy phase. Large patches of deeper skin appear in melasma pigmentation. This often arises on the cheeks, forehead, neck, underarms, and stomach. Hormonal imbalances usually trigger melasma. 
  • Post-inflammatory pigmentation
    Post-inflammatory pigmentation is also known as hyperpigmentation in general terms. In this type of pigmentation, skin patches become deeper after the phase of inflammatory conditions such as acne and eczema. Usually, this pigmentation appears on the face and neck.

Natural remedies for pigmentation

Luckily, there are few home remedies that help to reduce pigmentation. 

  • Aloe vera
    Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Studies have found that aloe vera contains aloin– a natural compound that helps to uneven skin patches. Take aloe vera gel in your palm, massage the affected area before going to bed. Wash off your face the next morning.  
  • Tomato
    Tomato helps to protect the skin from sun damage and to avoid the formation of sunspots on the skin. Tomato enriched with lycopene helps to remove pigmentation on the face and skin. For preparing tomato paste at home, grind the tomato and add olive oil into it. Apply it to your face and wash off after 10 minutes. 
  • Green tea
    Studies found that green tea can help even out deeper patches of the skin. If you want to give it a try, then steep a tea bag in boiled water, take out the tea bag and let it cool down. Rub it gently to the affected area and repeat the process daily until the results appear.

Juicy Chemistry's products to avoid and reduce pigmentation

  • Helichrysum and rosehip facial oil
    Our fast-absorbing facial oil helps reduce pigmentation, scars, and aging signs. Formulated with antioxidant-rich oils like Rosehip, Carrot Seed, and nourishing essential oils like Helichrusym and Frankincense, this night oil works on healing the skin at the cellular level. 
  • Carrot, rosehip and neroli soap
    Antioxidants properties of carrot and the presence of neroli essential oil help in fading out pigmentation over time. Fresh carrot juice, botanicals, moisturizing butter, and nutrient oil formulation help heal the skin and support a healthy, even skin tone.
  • Kakadu Plum Matcha & Blood Orange Vitamin C rich face mask
    This face mask is highly rich in vitamins and antioxidants that help to reduce pigmentation. Kakadu Plum is enriched with Vitamin C, while matcha and hibiscus extract are rich in antioxidants. This organic face mask draws out the impurities from the skin and helps to minimize impact of the sun.

FAQs

  • Is there a permanent solution for pigmentation treatment?
    Pigmentation develops over time and takes considerable time to reduce. It is advisable to follow a proper routine and lead a healthier lifestyle for better results.
  • Does Vitamin C help with hyperpigmentation?
    Yes, Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and helps to reduce the appearance of blemishes and hyperpigmentation.

References

https://www.longdom.org/peer-reviewed-journals/research-articles-on-pigmentation-disorders-7070.html
https://medlineplus.gov/skinpigmentationdisorders.html
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4142815/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5843359/
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/bjd.12536