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Home remedies to help you get rid of skin pigmentation

Times of India
Home remedies to help you get rid of skin pigmentation

Uneven colour and dark patches on your skin are a result of skin pigmentation which can happen on any part of the body, including the face, neck, arms or legs. The causes are many — hormonal changes, pregnancy, excessive sun exposure, injury or burn marks, stress, or other health issues.

These marks, especially on the face, are a major beauty concern but if treated on time, these simple yet effective home remedies can reduce pigmentation and help you reverse the effects of skin darkening, too.

Raw potato

Most effective when raw, the potato can take care of a host of skin pigmentation problems.

Continuos application can even lighten the skin making a marked difference to the pigmented area. Potatoes are full of starch and natural enzymes which help to exfoliate the skin and remove dead cells. They also have niacin, which belongs to the Vitamin B complex group and is a skin-lightening agent.

How to use it

For easy application, just slice a small potato into two. To make it moist, add few drops of water on the sliced surface and rub it all over the pigmented area.

Take a new slice once the older one goes dry.

You can also grate a raw potato, sqeeuze the juice from it and apply it on areas affected by pigmentation. Keep it for half an hour and then rinse with lukewarm water. Do this everyday for a month to see the difference.

Lemon

Lemon has natural antioxidants in the form of Vitamin C as well as citric acid which reduces pigmentation, and removes dead cells to produce fresh new skin cells and gives you a glowing skin.

How to use it

Squeeze some fresh lemon juice and use cotton to apply it directly on the affected area. After keeping it on for 15-20 minutes, rinse off with water.

Do this twice a day for a few months to see the difference.

In case of sensitive skin, it is advisable to dilute the juice with few drops of water.

Papaya

The enzyme 'papain' in papaya is an excellent exfoliating agent which helps to make new cells for a spotless skin. Papaya also contains antioxidants and phyto nutrients that help you retain your young skin and make it glow further.

How to use it

Grate the papaya to extract fresh juice from it and apply it on the pigmented area.

You can also add aloe vera gel, honey and milk to the papaya mix and use it as a paste. Daily application will give you results in a month.

Aloe vera

Aloe Vera is a miracle plant when it comes to skin treatments. The gel present in the leaves of the plant can remove dead cells and regenerate new skin cells.

How to use it

Just apply the gel on the affected area before going to bed and leave it overnight. Rinse off the next morning and you will see positive results in few weeks.

If you are using it in the day, add little honey to the gel and apply. Leave for 10-15 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water.
Turmeric

With its bleaching properties, turmeric can rid you of pigmented skin and also keep it free of infection due to its anti-inflammatory properties. The presence of curcumin, an antioxidant helps fight off the damage from the sun to the skin.

How to use it

Make a paste of turmeric powder, almond oil, milk, lemon juice and honey and apply it as a mask on the pigmented area. After 10-15 minutes wash off with lukewarm water. You can do this 2-3 times a week for effective results.

B anana

This tasty fruit has essential nutrients to keep the skin young, fresh and moisturised.

How to use it

Mash 1/4th of a ripe, peeled banana and add 1 tbs of fresh milk and 1/2 tsp of honey to make a paste. Apply it on the affected area and let it dry. Wash it off with luke warm water and repeat the procedure daily.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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