Hyperpigmentation is a common, usually harmless condition in which patches of skin become darker in color than the normal surrounding skin.
This darkening occurs when an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin color, forms deposits in the skin. Hyperpigmentation can affect the skin color of people of any race.
Hyperpigmentation is caused when melanin (what gives our hair and skin color) is overproduced in certain spots on the skin, causing them to look darker than your natural skin tone. There are a couple of common causes—age spots on skin that is often exposed to the sun; melasma, often as a result of birth control hormones or pregnancy; and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, which happens after a pimple, bug bite, or other trauma to the skin once it heals and leaves a mark behind.
Treating Hyperpigmentation Naturally
There are several treatments available, like over-the-counter creams, chemical peels, laser treatment, etc. for fast recovery. If your condition is serious, we suggest that you consult a dermatologist. It is also a good idea to visit a dermatologist before selecting any of the over-the-counter skin pigmentation remedies. However, for those who don’t want to go for expensive, or chemical loaded products, the natural remedy that we offer is quite effective and the ingredients available in the kitchen.
- 1 tbsp organic honey
- 2 tbsp rolled oats
- Mix the ingredients to prepare a homogenous mixture!
- Clean the skin thoroughly and then apply the cream.
- Let it work for about half an hour before washing it off with warm water.
NOTE: For optimal result, use this cream at night.
The starch found in oats has been long used to clean fabric and paintings as it removes stains and provides a whitening effect.
Tips on How to Prevent Skin Spots
- Limit your exposure to the Sun during the hours when it is the strongest and wear sunscreen and hats at all times.
- Make sure you use approved sunscreens as some brands have been found to be cancer-causing.
- Eat a healthy diet which is rich in fruits and fish, both of which are skin-friendly.
- Make sure you are well-hydrated! Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water daily.