Firstly, you're not alone, lots of people have patches or spots of dark pigmentation on their face. A fortunate few are blessed with a good complexion and great skin, but in reality, the only people with perfect skin are the carefully airbrushed faces in the glossy magazine you've just read. Fortunately, for those who don't have the benefit of a team of makeup artists, there a number of ways to get rid of dark pigmentation on the face.
- What causes it?
Dark pigmentation of the skin is a condition known as hyperpigmentation, and it affects a great many people. The darker patches of skin are caused when the body produces too much of a chemical known as melanin. This usually happens when the skin is trying to repair itself after a trauma of some kind. Sun damage, acne and skin infections are all main culprits. Another form of hyperpigmentation commonly affects pregnant woman, a condition known as melasma. This appears as brown patches of skin on the cheeks, nose and forehead. Melasma can also be caused by certain types of birth control pills.
- What about clinical procedures?
There are various clinical procedures for treating hyperpigmentation. Treatments like microdermabrasion and laser therapy are often advertised as the best way to deal with darker pigmentation, but personally, I believe these treatments should only be looked at as a last resort. These treatments can work quite well, but can require a number of visits before the required result is achieved. With the price of these treatments ranging anywhere from $75 to $170, the costs can start to mount up.
- Are there any home remedies to try?
There some natural remedies that can work extremely well in lightening dark pigmentation on the face. Home remedies are always worth a shot, as they're readily available and cost virtually nothing. Lemon is a great one to try as it contains a natural bleaching agent. Potato also contains a bleaching agent and will have the same effect. Try mixing tumeric powder with some lime juice to form a paste, and apply to the darker areas of skin. Pure aloe vera is excellent for all kinds of skin conditions, use it liberally and often to reduce the appearance of darker patches.
- Are there any creams that will work?
There are a few good hyperpigmentation creams available, some can definitely reduce the appearance of dark pigmentation. Personally, I would recommend avoiding any cream that uses the chemical hydroquinone. There has been plenty of debate over the use of hydroquinone in some of these creams. Research is ongoing, but hydroquinone has been associated with a number of unpleasant side effects.
A few brand names produce hyperpigmentation creams based solely on natural ingredients, just as potent as their chemical counterparts. Natural extracts and organic compounds are combined to create potent, but safe topical creams.
Getting rid of darker pigmentation on the face doesn't have to involve costly clinical procedures, I believe that a natural approach is the solution. There is no instant fix, but with a little patience, and the right application, you can reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation dramatically.
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