What is hyperpigmentation?
Dark patches on the skin are usually the symptom of hyperpigmentation. This condition usually happens when you have higher amounts of melanin in the skin, the pigment responsible for dark skin tone. Many things can increase your melanin levels, such as excessive sun exposure, pregnancy, aging or some trauma, which in turn leads to dark spots on your skin, the main symptoms of this benign disorder.
Hyperpigmentation can happen because of internal or external factors. If it’s due to internal factors, the condition is inborn and those affected usually have a darker complexion. If the condition happened due to external factors, there are many possible culprits. Exposure to chemicals like progesterone, estrogen, minocycline, betaxolol, and sunlight can all lead to increased melanin levels. The UV rays can cause freckles, spots and strains which can lead to a temporary or permanent discoloration and most usually occur on the hands and face, since they are most exposed to the sun.
Hyperpigmentation can also occur after some trauma or a surgery, but even when you get better, the dark spots remain on your skin.
There is a certain type of hyperpigmentation that occurs during pregnancy, it’s called melisma, but it’s been known to appear in men as well. They call it the Mask of pregnancy, because the spots mostly appear on the face. It’s nothing serious and it usually disappears after the pregnancy.
Hyperpigmentation natural remedy
For this remedy you’ll need:
■ 1 tsp. turmeric powder (turmeric)
■ 1 tsp. lemon juice
You’ll need to mix well the lemon juice and the turmeric powder and smear it over the affected skin areas. Leave it on for about 15 minutes. Rinse with cold water. It’s best if you don’t go into direct sunlight after this procedure, so you could do it before you shower. Repeat it once or twice a day and you’ll notice the dark patches disappearing easily.
Those who have a sensitive skin can add water to dilute the lemon juice, or replace it entirely with milk.
This recipe originates in the Indian science of healing and is very powerful in the treatment of this condition. The lemon juice acts as a natural peeling and the turmeric powder lightens up the skin and makes her glow.