Prolonged exposure to bright sunlight or polluted air, ageing or hormonal fluctuations may cause patchy skin darkening, making your skin look unhealthy.
Many adults suffer from melasma: a form of hyperpigmentation in which areas of skin become darker than their surroundings. The dark patches result from an overproduction of melanin from pigment cells called melanocytes. While melasma won’t affect your overall health, its characteristic dark spots can often look unsightly, causing distress in those who have it.
The pregnancy period is also one of the reasons for the dark spots.
While cosmetic treatment is a probable option, it is generally not recommended, except in a few extreme cases; by the regular use of a few simple home remedies, you can deal with darkened skin in the comfort of your home.
Home remedies for dark patches on skin
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
Mix all listed ingredients in a plastic bowl, until it becomes a smooth cream.
Then apply on the skin area where you have dark patches, leave it for about 20 minutes and remove with plenty of cold water.
Another technique, for removing stains which are almost black is by using white clay, milk, and lemon.
Put the white clay into a bowl and mix it with milk and lemon, apply on the affected area and leave it for about 15 minutes, then wash it with cold water.
Perform the chosen treatment 3 times a week, until the stains disappear.
Avoid sun exposure without using appropriate cream with UV protection during this treatment;
Drink plenty of water and eat foods rich in vitamin E;
Olive oil must be extra virgin;
The salt has to be sea salt;
Use preferably skim milk;
Optionally, you can add a little coconut oil
You can’t miss this opportunity to break free of dark spots on the skin with this natural recipe.
Tips to Make Melasma Less Noticeable
Even the most aggressive treatment options can take some time to work. In the meantime, there are a lot of things you can do to minimize the appearance of those dark patches. Check out the video below from the American Academy of Dermatology for some great tips and tricks!