Did you know that your daily skin routine plays a very important role in reducing dark spots and providing you with that clear and spotless complexion?
Before we look into the routine for dark spot reduction, it is important that we understand how these spots occur in the first place.
There are many factors that cause dark spots on your face.
Dark spots on skin appear as a flat area with discolouration ranging from pink to red, purple, brown or black, depending on your skin tone and the depth of the discoloration. Common causes of these are hyperpigmentation of scars caused by injury, high levels of sun exposure, pimple/acne spots, facial hair removal or even hormonal fluctuations triggered by pregnancy and oral contraceptives. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or PIH is the medical term for dark spots that appear as skin’s natural response to inflammation due to injury or trauma as a result of acne, abrasion, burns, etc.
Pimples are nothing but red bumps on the skin that are characterised with inflammation in the epidermis or first layer of the skin. This inflammation triggers the myelocytes cells in the epidermis to produce excess melanin. Melanin gives the skin its peculiar colour, therefore excess melanin causes darkening of the skin around the pimple area, leaving you with dark spots.
Although dark spots on lighter skin appear to be more visible, people with medium to darker skin tone tend to face this problem with higher severity and for longer duration.
Today, there are multiple options available that one can opt for reducing dark spots on face. These treatments include both non-evasive and evasive routines like Topical Creams, Laser Treatment, Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion and Cryosurgery.
While topical creams can be self-administered and are affordable options, the other 4 treatments are recommended for severe conditions and need to be performed as per the prescription and guidance of an expert doctor.
Many opt for temporary cosmetic solutions to cover their dark spots. The cosmetic creams either work as concealers or just lighten the marks temporarily. The downside of this is marks will appear lightened only until such time as the cream is being used regularly. On the other hand, regular usage of such creams leads to side-effects which can cause damage to your skin in the long run. Instead, you should opt for a herbal skincare routine that not only helps you deal with the dark spots permanently but also nourishes your skin in the process.
You can treat dark spots effectively using ingredients available in your kitchen. Not only are these home remedies effective in treating pimple marks and eliminating dark spots, but they are also completely safe as compared to their cosmetic counterparts.
Read on to find out how you can use the natural ingredients from your kitchen to treat dark spots:
The Citric Acid and Vitamin C content in lemon makes it an excellent bleaching agent that can lighten your dark spots.
How to use Lemon Juice:
While lemon juice can be applied directly on the dark spots, it is advisable to dilute it by mixing it with water.
Alternately, you can prepare a lemon juice and yoghurt face mask by squeezing the juice of a lemon and mixing it with 1 tablespoon of yoghurt. Apply the mixture on your face and leave for 30 minutes, before washing it off.
The humble potato contains starch and sugar which remove dead skin cells while helping the growth of new ones. Also potatoes are packed with Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Potassium, Zinc and phosphorus which promote the collagen production of the skin.
How to use Potatoes:
Cut thin slices of the potato. Add a little water to the potato and place them on the affected parts of your face which have dark spots. Leave for 10 minutes.
The lactic acid present in buttermilk removes dead skin cells and lightens the dark spots on your face.
How to use Buttermilk:
Dab buttermilk directly on your dark spots using a cotton ball. Leave for 20 minutes before washing it off.
This miracle plant contains beta carotene, amino acid, Vitamin A, B, C and E giving it excellent anti-aging and skin nourishing properties.
How to use Aloe Vera:
Slice the outer layers of an Aloe Vera leaf with a knife and squeeze out the gel onto your fingers. You can apply the gel directly over the dark spots.
One of the most active ingredients in turmeric is curcumin, a powerful antioxidant that removes dark spots from the face.
How to use Turmeric:
You can make a face mask with milk, lemon juice and turmeric. Apply the paste over your face and massage the paste onto the affected areas gently. Leave the paste for 15 minutes and wash off well.
In today’s fast-paced life, you may not find the time to use these natural remedies for treating dark spots.
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