Updated May 30th, 2024 at 14:34 IST

Suffering From Hyperpigmentation? Try These Home Remedies

Always do a patch test before applying any remedy to larger areas to ensure you don’t have an adverse reaction.

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Hyperpigmentation is a common skin condition where certain areas of the skin become darker than the surrounding skin due to excess melanin production. This can be caused by sun exposure, inflammation, acne scars, or hormonal changes. While there are many over-the-counter treatments and medical procedures available, some effective home remedies can help lighten these dark spots naturally. Here are a few tried-and-true methods:

Lemon juice

Lemon juice is rich in vitamin C and citric acid, which can lighten dark spots and improve overall skin tone. Squeeze fresh lemon juice and apply it directly to the affected area using a cotton ball. Leave it on for about 10-15 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water. Use this remedy 2-3 times a week. Be sure to apply sunscreen afterward, as lemon juice can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight.

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Aloe vera

Aloe vera contains aloin, a natural depigmenting compound that has been shown to lighten skin. Extract fresh aloe vera gel from the leaf and apply it directly to the hyperpigmented areas. Leave it on overnight and wash it off in the morning. Repeat daily for best results.

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, which can help lighten pigmentation. Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water. Apply the mixture to the dark spots with a cotton ball and leave it on for 2-3 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water and repeat twice daily.

Turmeric

Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which can help reduce hyperpigmentation. Mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder with 1-2 tablespoons of honey or yogurt to form a paste. Apply the paste to the affected areas and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water. Use this remedy 2-3 times a week.

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Green tea extract

Green tea extract has been found to have a depigmenting effect when applied to the skin. Brew a green tea bag in boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Remove the tea bag and let it cool. Rub the tea bag over the dark spots or use a cotton ball to apply the tea to the skin.

Milk and honey

Milk contains lactic acid, which can help exfoliate the skin and lighten dark spots, while honey has moisturizing and antibacterial properties. Mix equal parts milk and honey. Apply the mixture to the affected areas and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water. Use this remedy daily for best results.

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Published May 30th, 2024 at 14:34 IST