Home remedies for melasma pigmentation on face

What is Skin pigmentation? Its Causes & Treatments

By Define Aesthetics, May 18, 2016

Skin pigmentation is a disorder that causes the skin to appear either lighter (hypo pigmentation) or darker (hyper pigmentation) than the existing skin color. Sometimes, pigmentation may even appear as blotchy and discolored.

We have a skin component called ‘Melanin’ that decides and regulates the color of skin, hair and eye. The reasons behind pigmentation is the minimal or excessive production of melanin.

Melanin works wonder to prevent skin from sun-induced skin cancer.

The white skin 70% more prone to sun induced skin cancer than black or dark skin. The reason being the high Melanin content in black skin. Melanin works as an absorbent filter of UV-Rays that prevents the sunlight to penetrate further in the skin. Especially the Eumelanin has the shielding effect to scatter the UV-Rays and act as a physical barrier in epidermis layer of skin.

What is Hyper-pigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is defined by the excessive darkening in any part of the skin; mostly face, neck and hands than the usual skin color. The prime reason being over-production of melanin in that particular area.

Types- Melasma, Freckles, Photo Melanosis, Tanning, Photo Melanos

What is Hypo-pigmentation?

Hypopigmentation happens when Melian production in the skin is reduced or limited than the usual. Lack of melanin leads to discolored skin. Hypopigmentation can be associated different skin diseases like Vitiligo, Albinism etc.

Causes:

Overexposure to sun, Heredity ,Genetics, Hormonal changes, Stress, Overuse of cosmetics, Some Medication like antibiotics ,hormone  treatment ,anti-seizure drugs, Frequent use of hair dyes, Excessive exposure to light e.g PC ,laptop, gas, day light.

Pigmentation Treatments:

Prevention of causative factors:

It’s not really possible to get rid of hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation completely with home remedies which doesn’t penetrate in the skin enough to do any good. These preventive measures are just to protect your skin from causing hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation. In case of hypopigmentation some skin diseases are hereditary which are non-curable.

Define Aesthetics explains about skin hyoerpigmentation

Here are some home remedies for hyperpigmentation. These reduces the darkening to some extent over a very long period of time and you need to pay dedicated attention to your skincare regime.

  1. Wear Sunscreen wisely: Production level in melanin is also affected by over exposure to sunlight. Use a sunscreen with min-40+ (UVA & UVB protected) according to your skin type. Check for the Zinc Oxide in the label you buy as it works as a barrier to sunlight.
  2. Drink water: Drink a minimum of 10-12 glasses of water daily. It’s important to drink water empty stomach as soon as you wake up in the morning.
  3. Orange Paste: Make a paste of orange peel and mix with 2tbsp of water and apply on the dark spots.
  4. Aloe Vera pulp: Say no to ready made aloe vera gel. Bring an aloe vera plant and scoop the pulp and apply raw or mixed with honey on the dark spots.
  5. Triphala: Drinking Triphala juice also helps to reduce dark pigmentation.

Vitiligo: (Hypopigmentation)

Vitiligo is a skin disease where immune system attacks the melanin resulting in loss of production. Due to less melanin white smooth patches appear on face, neck or any part of the body. There is no cure for this although certain home remedies can comfort this some extent. It may take a year to see results.

  • Foods you should avoid:

Avoid anything that is sour e.g. sour fruit juices as the high acidic level shifts the PH balance which results in decreased melanin products. Also avoid sea food as some of these have mercury contents. Chose more alkaline based food.

  • Hydrate yourself using this trick:

Keep water overnight in a copper vessel and drink the water.

  • Turmeric & Mustard oil:

Make a paste with 5 tbsp turmeric powder with 250 ml of mustard oil. Apply twice daily on the affected area. You can also use fresh turmeric instead of ready made powder.

The Most Effective Skin Treatments:

Skin Peeling:

Peels are chemicals called alpha hydroxy acids which are meant for use on skin. Peeling accelerates the exfoliation process of cells in epidermis. In addition different peels have their specific action depending on formulation.

Types of Peel:

  1. Very Superficial
  2. Superficial
  3. Medium
  4. Deep.

How it works:

Peels remove debris from outer layer of skin. Peels accelerate the exfoliation process of skin by increasing production of new cells. This results in fresh & youthful skin.

Benefits:

Regenerate collagen formation in skin, reduction in pigmentation, Reduction in blemishes, Reduction in fine lines, Acne treatment, Rejuvenation, Reduction in melasma.

Pure Analogue Multisine Waveform(Nano Perfectors):

Nano Perfector is a breakthrough technology that is non-invasive and works better than surgical facelift. The machine flows low frequency waves to heal the skin. It also stimulates skin regeneration resulting in to smooth and problem free skin.

It is composed of up to 2000 sine waveforms, syncs with body’s endogenous signals, awakens the processes that have diminished with aging. It’s a true anti-aging technology which restores the signals

Benefits:

Reduced wrinkles & lifting of muscles reduced pigmentation, reduction in acne, Reduction in dark circles,

Reduction in melasma, Detoxification, rejuvenation, improved skin texture, reduction in scarring.

Real Life Examples:

Face pigmentation treatment before after image by Define Aesthetics PuneSkin pigmentation treatment before after image by Define Aesthetics Pune

Dr. Sheetal Badami
M.B.B.S., D.A.
SCOPE Certified Obesity Physician
Director, Define Aesthetics

One Comment

  1. Hey, I’m suffering from hyperpigmentataion on my nose and cheeks. I used many medicines but no result found. I take 3-4 litres water daily. I’m very tense because of this, what I will do?

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