The Complete Guide To Skin Pigmentation—And How You Can Treat It

Losing sleep over those pesky dark patches? And do they continue to worsen with each passing day? That’s probably because you’re not addressing the skin concern at its root level. Join us as we talk about the causes of pigmentation and list ways to treat it. From the importance of Vitamin C to kitchen superstars that make the cut, here’s everything you need to know about how you can treat pigmentation.

To be honest, pigmentation is a more common skin concern than we realise. Those uneven dark patches on your face and neck dull the natural shine of your complexion and that’s not done. Well, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to show you the path towards even-toned skin. But first, a little insight into what pigmentation is.

What Is Melanin

Produced by melanocytes, melanin is the pigment that determines your skin colour. To put it in simple words, melanocytes work at a greater force in dark-skinned people than fair-skinned people.

Melanin And Pigmentation

Pigmentation is a direct result of increased melanin synthesis. The causes of pigmentation could be many — from the intake of certain medication, a drastic change in hormone levels, genetics, or skin allergies. Though, the most common trigger is (you guessed it right) prolonged sun exposure. Well, whatever be the cause, these easy ways to treat pigmentation are your best bet at achieving a flawless complexion.

How To Treat Pigmentation

Swear by sunscreen

At the risk of sounding like a broken record — be strictly obsessed with your sunscreen. Since the biggest baddy here is the sun, the easiest way to prevent pigmentation is to wear sunscreen daily. Those seeking active treatment for pigmentation should slather on a broad-spectrum formula with a minimum of SPF50, every single day, because it only takes a few minutes of carelessness to undermine weeks of progress. Oh if you’re thinking you WFH and don’t need to bother with sunscreen, you should know that UV rays can easily penetrate your windows!

Vitamin C is key

Winning the war against dark spots won’t seem like a task once you have Vitamin C in your anti-pigmentation army. As one of the most powerful antioxidants, not only does Vitamin C help to inhibit further melanin production but it also significantly lightens the existing dark spots. From Vitamin C enriched brightening creams/serums to supplements — this is your cue to add the big C to your skincare routine.

Home Remedies For Pigmentation

Granny wasn’t wrong, kitchen beauty is legit. These DIYs will help you combat pigmentation.

  • Potatoes are rich in Vitamin C, which helps treat pigmentation. All you need to do is cut a raw potato in half and directly rub over the affected areas in circular motions. Rinse with lukewarm water and repeat 2 – 3 times a week.
  • Apply freshly-squeezed papaya juice over the dark patches and let it sit for 10 – 15 minutes. Do this three times a week for quick results. Just like potatoes, papaya too is rich in Vitamin C and helps reduce signs of pigmentation on the skin.
  • Don’t chuck your used green tea bags as they contain both Vitamin C and E. Instead, let them cool before rubbing over your dark spots. Repeat this twice a day for best results.
  • Apply fresh aloe vera gel (yes, from the plant that’s rich in antioxidants, Vitamin C and E) over pigmented areas and let it stay overnight. Rinse away in the morning. We recommend doing this every day.

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