The colour of a human being’s skin is determined by the level of the pigment melanin in their body. Bodies which produce too much melanin trigger a condition known as hyperpigmentation, which causes parts of the skin to become darker. It can appear pretty much anywhere on your body, in just one place or in several.
What causes hyperpigmentation?
There are many reasons why melanin production gets out of control, including certain health conditions, hormonal changes due to pregnancy, stress, burns, too much sun or other skin injuries. Although it is generally harmless, this condition can make sufferers feel self-conscious, which can worsen the symptoms.
Tackling hyperpigmentation yourself
Although laser treatment or bleaching creams are available many people prefer to use a gentler, more natural approach to treating this skin condition, and there are plenty of simple home remedies to try
Nature’s bleach, this versatile fruit can help lighten the skin naturally. Those with sensitive skin should dilute the raw juice with a little water.
Grate a raw potato and squeeze out the juice, then mix with equal parts of lemon juice and mix well. Apply to affected area and leave for 20-30 minutes before rinsing. Try it twice a day for a month.
Another natural bleach with the bonus of being anti-bacterial.
Mix 5 tablespoons of turmeric powder with 10 of milk, mix to a paste and apply to the areas affected. Massage the paste into the skin for a few minutes then leave it to work for around 15-20 more before rinsing with tepid water.
Aloe Vera treatment
Aloe Vera helps tackle hyperpigmentation as it clears away the old skin cells and encourages new ones to replace them. Keep a plant for the freshest supply of gel.
Mix half a tablespoon of raw honey with 2 of Aloe Vera gel, mix well and leave to stand for about ten minutes before applying to the pigmented area and leaving to dry. Rinse with tepid water after 20 minutes and repeat once daily for a few weeks. If things improve reduce treatments to 3-4 times a week.
Ready prepared, gentle and natural products such as Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm are also readily available from online sources such as http://www.lifeandlooks.com/eucerin-aquaphor-soothing-skin-balm.html.
Treating this condition yourself takes time and patience, but the results make the effort worthwhile.