One of the most stubborn and common skin conditions is skin pigmentation. You know, that thing where one part of your skin looks darker than the rest? Hello, dark underarms?
Hyperpigmentation happens when the little things called melanocytes go into overdrive, resulting in an increased production of melanin. In this article, you will learn the major causes of skin pigmentation and how to fix this pesky skin problem.
Causes of Skin Pigmentation
It’s not a real solution if it doesn’t pluck out the root cause. Knowing the causes of hyperpigmentation will help you avoid exacerbating the problem and avoid it from happening again.
Hyperpigmentation is often caused by:
Excessive sun exposure.Tip: Wear sunblock!
Skin damage caused by an injury. Like acne, cuts, burns, or overly harsh skin treatments.
Hormonal changes. This is why many pregnant women experience hyperpigmentation.
Harmful hair removal methods. Like plucking and shaving.
Genes. It may be that your genes make you more predisposed to developing pigmentation.
Effective Ways to Remove Pigmentation
Ready to remove those annoying dark spots? Here are proven effective beauty care regimen that you can try to remove hyperpigmentation in whatever parts of your body:
1. Use natural remedies.
With the increasing awareness of Singaporean consumers about the effects of harsh chemicals found in some beauty products, many are starting to prefer natural remedies. There are a lot of natural products that you can use. These include potato, lemon, turmeric powder, apple cider vinegar, red onion, aloe vera, papaya, and much more.
One of the most effective natural remedies for hyperpigmentation is the use of lemon juice and honey. Lemon is a potent bleaching agent that can whiten even the most stubborn dark spots. Since it tends to be drying for the skin, using honey with it, which is a natural moisturizer, is a great idea.
The first thing you need to do is cut the lemon in half, squeeze it, and collect the juice in a bowl. Add some honey to the juice and mix well. Apply the mixture onto your darkened skin area and massage in circular motion. Wait for more or less 15 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water. Do this twice as day until you see results.
That’s only one of the many natural remedies you can try. For more natural pigmentation treatments, see this article (http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/5-simple-tips-to-reduce-skin-pigmentation).
Tip: You need to be super patient to see results. One application will not cut it!
2. Undergo laser treatment.
For particularly stubborn dark spots, you may have to consider getting a laser pigmentation treatment. Laser treatments are expensive yet highly effective treatments for hyperpigmentation. These treatments will not hurt you despite how threatening “laser” sounds. Most of the laser treatments are pain-free. Just make sure that a certified professional is doing it!
Laser treatments for pigmentation may cause anywhere from $250 to $400 per session, and you might need to undergo 2 to 5 sessions depending on the severity of the problem.
Tip: Each session will make your skin extra sensitive to the sun, so you need to wear sunblock with high SPF to prevent burning.
Choose According to Your Needs
Should you go down the natural route or spend your bucks on professional treatments? It depends on your budget and how much (and how soon) you really want the pigmentation to go away. If you urgently need the dark spot to disappear and you have a budget for a professional treatment, then go for it. The effectiveness and safety of these treatments make the cost so worth it. But if you want to save some money and it’s not that urgent anyway, try the natural remedies first.
Also, you need to keep in mind the causes of pigmentation so you can prevent it from happening again. This will not only keep you looking young but also save you time and money in the long run.