Skin can develop pigment spots thanks to many factors including ultraviolet rays, age-related changes, chronic kidney and liver diseases, acne after-effects, pregnancy, skin diseases (eczema, dermatitis), vitamin imbalance, and gastrointestinal tract diseases.
Unfortunately, skin informalities like pigment spots can oftentimes be unavoidable. But don’t fret because we have prepared a handful of great beauty recipes with foods you can find right in your very own kitchen.
We at Bright Side have found out how to get rid of pigment spots and prevent their appearance.
Before you put anything on your face, you should check the skin for allergic reactions. To do this, put the product on the soft skin of your forearm and watch the skin’s reaction for about a day.
Why do pigment spots appear?
If the spots are inflammatory, painful or itchy, this may be a sign of an allergic reaction or an oncological disease. If this is the case, seek a doctor as soon as possible to rule out any possible diseases. If your pigment spots aren’t itchy, painful or inflamed, you can use natural lightening products to help get rid of them. But in order to get the best results possible and prevent the development of more spots in the future, it may be wise to take a look at your overall health and face the problem from a new angle.
How can you treat pigment spots on your skin at home?
Before you start at-home treatment, clear the skin with some soft salt or sugar scrub mixed with any type of oil. Apply the scrub to the desired area using light movements (be sure to avoid the area around the eyes) and wash it off with warm water. After using the scrub, the skin is ready for the lightening stage.
Lemon juice is the best ingredient for lightening, clearing and disinfecting your skin–just be sure you’re not allergic or sensitive to citrus. Simply mix the lemon juice with sour cream or honey and put it directly on the skin. After 10 minutes, wash off the mixture with water. Another great way to use lemon juice for your skin is to mix it with water and wash your face with it up to three times a day.
Soda is another great ingredient to mix with lemon juice as a wash for your skin. One option is to mix the soda with lemon juice and put directly on your skin every two days. If you have dry or sensitive skin, then it’s enough to use it just one to two times a day. Or you can mix the soda with some drops of water and put it directly on the problem spots before washing it off with water.
3. Aloe Vera
This unique plant is not only a great skin moisturizer, but it also helps with regeneration and with healing burns and pigment spots. Just squeeze the juice from the aloe vera leaf and put it on any problem spots two times a day.
Onions contain both sulfur and vitamin C which help regenerate the skin, get rid of pigment spots, smooth wrinkles and fight acne and other skin imperfections. Simply put the juice from a red onion onto the desired areas of the face and wash off with cool water after 10 minutes.
Believe it or not, garlic contains a huge amount of essential oils that can be very effective when it comes to lightening your skin. To use, cut a clove of garlic in half and rub it on your face a few times a day.
Apple cider vinegar makes the skin tone appear more even and smooth. Put the ingredient directly on the pigment spots you wish to lighten and leave it there for 20 minutes before washing it off with cold water.
Yogurt contains lactic acid which helps to renew the skin, disinfect it and remove pigment spots. Put the yogurt on the face, paying special attention to problem spots. After 20 minutes, wash it off with warm water.
Despite its orange color, turmeric is actually known for its lightening effects. Mix the spice with natural orange juice, heat it up and put it on the skin.
9. Berry Juice
Berry juice is very rich in vitamin C. A handful of swamp viburnum, cranberry and black currant is good for lightening the skin. Squeeze the juice out of the berries onto a cloth and put it on the face for 15 minutes. Then, wash the mixture off with warm water.
Mix 10 aspirin pills with 3 oz of water. Rub the mixture onto the face three times a week. Be sure to take a three-day break from using the treatment every seven days.
How can you prevent pigment spots?
A balanced diet combined with preventive measures can help you avoid the many elements that cause the appearance of pigment spots.
- Exclude the possibility of any diseases that might lead to the appearance of new pigment spots and other health issues.
- Keep your skin moisturized and drink enough water.
- Try to avoid the summer sunshine from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Use sunscreen not only when you are on the beach, but also while walking around the city.
- Avoid visiting the solarium — it leads to premature aging and new pigment spots.
- Eat more fresh vegetables and fruits that are rich in vitamins C, A, and E. You can also eat diet meat and dairy products.
- Don’t eat fatty or fried foods, sugar or other unhealthy foods since they worsen the state of your skin and the entire body.
- Give up bad habits, strengthen your immune system and spend more time outside. Be sure to take part in activities that evoke positive emotion, helping you to sustain a healthy body and a great mood.
What natural products do you use to make your skin healthy? Tell us in the comment section below!
Illustrated by Natalia Kulakova for Bright Side