Friday, May 11, 2012

How to reduce dark spots and pigmentation on face

I last did a post on how to reduce dark eye circles and puffy eyes here
I find it relevant to share how to reduce dark spots and pigmentation on face too

Dark Spots and Pigmentation:
Skin pigmentation is an abnormal darkening or lightening of the skin. This brown or white patches on skin usually cause by production of melanin , a brown pigment produced by cells called melanocytes. Without these cells, all human will be in various pink shades because of blood that flows in skin. When melanocytes become damaged, it will cause brown patches known to be melasma or white patches known to be vitiligo. Abnormal darkening is known as hyperpigmentation and lightening is known as hypopigmentation.

How people may affect in this situation?
Those who spent alot times under the sun, those with cuts or scars. Regardless how and you may not know why, there will be a time when you will see this patches starts to appear on your face. Aging, pregnancy, contraceptive pills, birthmarks and hormone imbalance is the cause of dark spots as well.

Home remedies and natural ways to combat dark spots/pigmentation
Although often people look for dermatologist to laser out the patches on their skin
Laser opt to be too expensive for me so I found some common home remedies included:
You will have to continuously mix and apply these daily to see the effectiveness
(1) Oatmeal, milk, and brown sugar (in equal parts)
(2) Vinegar diluted in water
(3) Dried orange peels, ground up to make powder and mixed with water
(4) Banana and guava, ground into paste
(5) Lemon and orange : Squeeze those juice out and use a Q-tip dip inside. Apply twice a day on the spots. It work likes bleach.
(6) Vitamin E Serum
(7) Juice and pulp of citrus fruits has an agent of skin lightening (Lemon, orange, tomato, pineapple)
Tomato: Grate tomatoes and add lemon juice in it
If you are concern these juices may be too strong for your skin you can aid to mix few of this to make a solution. For instance, mixing with rose water or honey in lemon juice. Apply on face leave on for 15 minutes and wash off. Do wash off immediately if you feel your skin can't take it.
(8) Mixture of parsley leaf. Mash and mix parsley with cucumber and lemon juice.
(9) Dairy products: Milk, Sour milk, Buttermilk, Sour cream are gentle to skin
(10) Hydroquinone, Glycolic Acid and Tretinoin seems to be the agent to bleach skin too but yet I think most serum contain these ingredients
(11) Raw potatoes: Slice them up at place it on skin
Homemade Mask for Dark Spot Solution
(1) Take one teaspoon each of milk powder, honey, and lemon juice. Add half a teaspoon of almond oil to these ingredients. Apply the mask on face, let it be there for about twenty minutes and rinse. This lightens the tanned skin due to UV rays to make your face skin glow.
(2) Take oatmeal, milk, and brown sugar in equal quantities and make a paste. Apply on dark spot fifteen minutes and wash off. You can even mix oatmeal with curd and tomato juice to get rid of your skin pigmentation.
(3) Soak a handful of almonds overnight. In the morning, peel them and grind into a paste with help of milk. Apply this to the dark patches on your face due to pigmentation of the skin.
(4) Take one tablespoon of gram flour, two to three teaspoons of fresh milk, and a few drops of lime juice and mix. Apply this mixture on the brown age spots on skin and leave for about 20 minutes. Wash off. Repeat this daily for four weeks and thereafter do it once a week to prevent further pigmentation of the skin.
(courtesy post from

To prevent dark spots and pigmentation
(1) Use a sunblock/sunscreen of face
(2) Remember to wash off your make-ups after straight back home
(3) Applying a serum or any solution that contain Vitamin E/Vitamin C on face
It will help to brighten up your skin tone as well

Not to mention try using a serum to help combat these dark spots
I'm currently using Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution 
Click here to go to the post
Ofcourse there is other brand you can look for too such as Clinique Dark Spots Corrector
and some other brands as well 

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