8 Proven Home Remedies to Get Rid of Hyperpigmentation

Here are a few tips to help you get rid of hyperpigmentation.

1.Aloe Vera

This is one thing I have heard about and used. Aloe Vera contains aloesin and aloin, compounds that seem to have properties that lighten the skin. They help decrease hyperpigmentation by eradicating existing melanin cells. Studies have also shown that Aloe vera prevents excess melanin production, reduces eczema and psoriasis. Aloe vera has many other benefits such as accelerating the healing of burns and wounds. It can also be used as a mouthwash and a laxative.

How to use:

  • Apply Aloe vera gel to the hyperpigmented areas at bedtime and rinse with warm water in the morning when you get up.I would prefer to use the Aloe Vera gel from the actual plant; however you can buy the cream as well.

2. Potatoes

I have seen this one work. Potatoes are known for anti-pigmentation properties. Potatoes contain an enzyme known as catecholase. This enzyme helps to brighten the skin and get rid of hyperpigmenation. There are also studies that show that they are responsible for anti-aging and an increase of glow.

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How to use:

  • Cut the potato in half and dip it into water
  • Rub the potato on the affected area in a circular motion for about 10 minutes
  • You can do this up to three times for the week
  • Repeat procedure until dark spots are gone

3. Black Tea

Black tea is produced by the Camellia sinensis leaf. It is effective because it contains antioxidants, fat, omega-3, fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin C, Potassium, fluoride, polyphenols and much more. Studies have shown that it is known to delay aging, firms the skin and reduces hyperpigmentation. Black tea is also used to reduce the risk of diabetes, improves heart health and digestive health.

Hyperpigmentation Remedies

How to use:

  • Brew some black tea
  • When it cools, take a cotton ball and dip it inside
  • Apply it to the hyperpigmented areas at least twice a day
  • You can also get rid of hyperpigmentation by drinking the black tea made

4. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil reduces spots that are caused by hyperpigmentation. This oil increases collagen in the skin which helps to minimise scarring. Although coconut oil is one of the natural products that is good for hyperpigmentation, it is noteworthy that coconut is comedogenic, this means that it would clog pores, and this can lead to acne build up.

Hyperpigmentation Remedies

How to use:

  • Use coconut oil and massage it into the hyperpigmented area
  • Leave for 20-25 minutes (or leave it on since coconut oil is also known as a moisturizer)
  • Then wash off

5. Crabwood Oil / Andiroba Oil 

This oil is very rich in antioxidants and neutralises and removes free radicals from your bloodstream. Crabwood oil also contains vitamins such as Vitamin A, C and E. It prevents premature aging of the skin as well as promotes the healing of the skin through the growth of new skin cells.

How to use:

  • Massage oil into hyperpigmented area. (When I used this oil, I used it two times a day until the scars were gone).

6. Licorice Root

Licorice root is a herb that contains glabridin which inhibits the enzyme tyrosinase (tyrosinase causes pigmentation in response to sun exposure) and also has a lot of healing properties. It helps to remove inflammation as well as to lighten skin naturally.

Hyperpigmentation Remedies

How to use:

  • I personally opened the capsule and added the contents to normal moisturizing cream.
  • You can also take the tablets.

7. Vitamin E

Vitamin E is used to help with scarring. This vitamin inhibits the production of PGE2 and nitric oxide, and prevents sunburn formation, ultraviolet B-induced lipid peroxidation and edema.

Hyperpigmentation Remedies

How to use:

  • There are vitamin E capsules that can be ingested
  • Some persons use the vitamin E oil to rub on the affected area.

8. Vitamin C

This vitamin is commonly found in fruits and helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Hyperpigmentation Remedies

How to use:

  • There are vitamin C tablets that can be ingested. For me, I use a drop of the Vitamin C oil in my bath. Vitamin C serums may also be used in their daily routines

Remember before using these products it is also good to consult with a health care professional.

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