Beauty is about being comfortable in one’s own skin!

A lot has been said about flawless skin. People make it a big deal without really doing anything about it. The truth – it is easy to have a perfect skin. You just need to be a little persistent in taking care of your skin. Pigmentation, dark spots, freckles and an uneven skin tone are few problems that we all face. It can be very disturbing and embarrassing to step out with even one spot.

Doctors recommend laser treatments as a solution, but in my opinion it’s a huge investment. I chose to go with natural remedies; it’s a slow process but progresses in the right direction to give positive and effective results. But to treat something it is necessary to know the reasons behind the problem.

Types Of Skin Pigmentation:

UV exposure tends to increase the melanin production in our body. Similarly, there are other environmental factors also that cause either increased or decreased melanin production. Largely there are two kinds of pigmentation abnormalities that can occur.

1. Hyperpigmentation:

Where the melanin production is elevated leading to brown or tan spots on the skin. This is also known as melasma.

2. Hypopigmentation:

Where the melanin production is lowered and patches of lighter skin appears. This is also known as vitiligo.

[ Read: Treat Pigmentation on Face ]

How To Get Rid Of Skin Pigmentation?


Here are some simple tips to help you reduce skin pigmentation naturally and acquire a healthy-looking glowing skin.

1. Potato:

Potatoes are said to work very well on pigmented areas, dark spots and blemishes. You can try rubbing a slice of potato on your skin daily; you may also try a mixture of fuller’s earth and potato juice to get rid of dark spots.

2. Lemon/Lime:

This tip is highly beneficial because lemon is a natural bleach and organic honey contains moisturizing properties. Together these properties make lemon a best remedy for pigmentation.

To use:

  • Slice a lemon and squeeze out some juice
  • Mix lemon juice with about 1 or 2 teaspoons of honey
  • Apply this on your face well.
  • Avoid using this remedy if you have a sensitive skin.

3. Lemon Juice And Turmeric Powder:

To use:

  • Mix 1 tbsp of turmeric and lemon juice well.
  • Apply this on the affected areas for 15 minutes.
  • Wash it off with cold water.

It is best advised to use this pack at night for desired results. Never use it immediately after exposing your skin to the sun.

4. Red Onion:

This is one of the best home remedies for pigmentation, dark spots, freckles and blemishes.

To use:

  • Slice up an onion
  • Rub it directly on the affected areas.
  • Alternatively, you may also grate the onion, squeeze out its juice and apply.
  • Let it sit on your skin for about 10 minutes and wash off thoroughly.

[Read: Pigmentation During Pregnancy]

5. Cucumber:

Cucumber juice is considered very helpful in reducing skin pigmentation, fading freckles and blemishes.

To use:

  • Take 1 tbsp of cucumber juice
  • 1 tbsp honey and 1 tbsp lemon/lime juice
  • Mix all three well together
  • Apply evenly all over your face or just over the affected area for best results

6. Aloe Vera/ Aloe Vera + Vitamin E:

Aloe Vera’s soothing and healing properties offer solutions for a host of skin problems. And it effectively treats pigmented skin, clears dark spots and blemishes too. Aloe Vera actually causes older skin cells to slough off, leaving clearer-looking and rejuvenated skin behind.

To use:

  • • Apply the gel from aloe vera leaf half hour before bed every night;
    • Add one or two Vitamin E capsules like Evion to enhance its efficacy.

7. Tomato+ Oatmeal + Yogurt:

Tomato is natural bleach; yogurt is also natural bleach with skin tightening properties while oatmeal offers scrubbing effects. These three, when mixed together, are considered a great remedy to get rid of pigmentation.

To use:

  • Extract tomato juice
  • Add 2 tsp oatmeal and 1/2 tsp yogurt to tomato juice.
  • Mix all three well together
  • Apply this on the problem areas and let it dry completely.
  • But make sure you don’t leave it on for more than 20 minutes.
  • Finally wash it off with lukewarm water.

You must try this remedy everyday to see desired results at the earliest.

8. Vinegar:

Vinegar has excellent skin lightening and astringent properties. One of the best ways to avail its benefits is by making a vinegar rinse.

To use:

  • Mix vinegar with equal amounts of water
  • Use this diluted solution to rinse your face regularly.
  • Don’t wash off after with plain water after using this solution.

9. Avocados:

The enzymes in avocados are brilliant for reducing pigmentation.

To use:

  • Mash the fruit properly
  • Apply the paste on the affected area everyday
  • Alternatively, you can also slice it up and directly squeeze the juice on to the affected area.


One thing to watch out for is the latex enzymes in avocados. These can cause allergies in some people. So please do a patch test before using this tip.

10. Guava + Banana:

The lycopene found in guava and the exfoliating properties of the banana together lead to skin lightening.

To use:

  • Mash banana and guava well together
  • Apply this paste on the affected areas.
  • Wash off after 15-20 minutes.
  • Follow this everyday for best results.

11. Turmeric Powder:

Ancient Indian medicine has proved to be an amazing source of fair and smooth skin. Turmeric is an important part of ancient Indian medicine. It has wonderful properties that provide nutrients to the skin and protects it from discoloration. If skin discoloration plagues you, apply turmeric regularly to get back your normal skin. Mix it with milk or lemon juice, the choice is yours. Once dry, wash it off with warm water.

12. Sandal Powder:

Sandal has cooling qualities and works as a scrub to give you a smooth skin texture. This is really important, keeping in mind the fact that it is the heat in the body that causes acne, dryness, and itching. These skin problems can further lead to discoloration. With regular use of sandalwood powder, you can soothe the skin and heal skin discoloration.

13. Rose Water:

Keep a bottle of rose water at home. It is the best home remedy for all skin ailments. Apply it after taking a bath or washing your face. It keeps the skin soft and shiny. It even prevents discoloration and also removes dark spots. Rose water works at a slow pace but leaves a lasting impact on the skin, by strengthening the texture and keeping it firm.

14. Coconut Milk:

Fresh coconut milk extracts works wonderfully, thus one of the best home remedies for discoloration of skin. Coconut milk is very rich in proteins that is required by the skin and offers smooth skin in no time.

 [ Read: Shanaz Hussain Beauty Tips For Skin ]

15. Regular Warm Water Bath:

Cleanliness and personal hygiene can never be replaced. No matter how many remedies or products you use, without proper hygiene, your skin will never glow with health. Take shower twice a day and choose casual clothing, preferably cotton. Avoid silks and other hard fabrics. Avoid hot water while taking a shower, use warm water instead. Do pour a mug of cold water at the end of your bath.

16. Green Leafy Vegetables In Diet:

Spinach, mint, coriander, asparagus, curry leaves, and all other green leafy vegetables carry plenty of vitamin A, which is very essential for skin. Make sure to include at least one green leafy vegetable in your diet and keep skin discoloration away.

17. Pomegranate Fruit In Diet:

Include pomegranate in your diet. This ruby red fruit is full of nutrients that can work very effectively for your skin. Your skin will be naturally healthy and will surely find relief from discoloration.

Don’t let skin discoloration make you feel unattractive. You are beautiful and with these home remedies for skin pigmentation or discoloration on face or whatever skin, your skin will soon reflect the inner beauty you possess.

Other Quick Tips:

18. Multani mitti (Fuller’s earth) mixed with rose water lightens dark patches.

    19. Lemon juice mixed with basil leaves and applied over dark circles and patches can reduce discolouration.
    20. Mix oatmeal, milk and brown sugar in equal parts and use to rub across skin.
    21. Massage cocoa butter on affected skin for a few weeks.
    22. A few drops of lemon juice with your regular simple face cream reduces the patches.
    23. Use a paste of dry orange peels powder with water works or a mash up of guava and banana pieces.
    24. Soak almonds overnight, grind them and add milk to use it as a paste.
    25. Applying raw papaya juice or the pulp of a ripe papaya is a sure formula to reduce pigmentation.


Before trying these home remedies for pigmentation, always remember that natural remedies demand patience. It takes time for these to show desired results. So be patient and have faith.

How Long Is A Mask To Be Kept On?

Not more than 20 minutes. Rinse off, pat dry and follow up with a moisturizer of your choice.

Each one of us have different skin and different skin means different demands. So if you find one remedy not working out for you, try another until you find the right natural treatment to get rid of skin pigmentation and blemishes.

  • Indulge in proper skincare, do not forget cleansing, toning, moisturizing and exfoliating (at least twice a week using the facial scrub of your choice).
  • Use a sunscreen on daily basis, a minimum of SPF 30 and PA+++ protection is recommended (especially for skin pigmentation).
  • If your skin is oily and excess sweat prompts you to skip sunscreen, try Lotus Herbals Safe Sun UV Screen Matte Gel PA+++ SPF 50 or Sunmate SPF 30+ gel-cream (Dermatologist recommended).
  • Drink lots of water and eat as many fruits to keep your skin hydrated and flush out the toxins from your system.

What Are The Causes Of Skin Pigmentation?

1. Heat:

Over exposure to heat is one of the most common environmental causes of pigmentation. The melanin-producing cells are disturbed due to which pigmentation occurs. Just like UV radiation affects the melanocytes, even thermal radiation affects the melanocytes resulting in hyperpigmentation.

2. Injury:

Sometimes after the wound, caused by an injury, heals, there is still a slight inflammation. This inflamed area can later develop pigmentation.

3. Medication:

Certain specified medicines can cause skin pigmentation as a side effect during their use in treatment.

4. Diseases:

Certain diseases also cause discoloration of skin like jaundice and cyanosis. In jaundice the skin develops a yellow tinge whereas in cyanosis the skin appears blue due to insufficient circulation of oxygen in the blood.

5. Emotional Duress:

It has been observed in some cases, that extreme emotional stress and duress also affect the production of melanin by the cells.

We hope this post has helped you know about skin pigmentation and how to treat it. Let us know what tips you use for reducing skin pigmentation. Leave your comments below and tell us how these tips worked for reducing your skin pigmentation.

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  • Chahna

    Good review Oindrila your article very useful..i usaly follow some of tips on Aloe Vera, Cucumber and Lemon…thanks for article

    • Oindrila

      Thanks a lot for the appreciation dear! 😀

      • Cinderella

        Cinderella- please giv m some suggestions how to remove pigmentation from Face

        • StyleCraze

          Hi Cindrella, to remove pigmentation from face you can try any of the home remedies mentioned in the article above. All the tips mentioned are simple and easy to do at home.

  • Eshwari

    great article …..helpful to all think that follow some of this tips… thanks a lot Oindrila :)

    • Oindrila

      My pleasure :-) Thanks a lot for the appreciation! 😀

  • Shabby

    Nice Article Oindy :)

    • Oindrila

      Thanks a lot sweetie! :)

  • rupesh

    plzzz help me i hav hyperpigmentation on my face around my lips and some on my face also,plzzz suggest me because no one likes to talk me beacuse of my these marks…i lost my confidence totally


    Thanks for this tips I m going to try as this tips ! I hope it really work on my face pigmentation !

  • Ankita Agarwal

    hope it works fuller earth+potatoes.. gonna try it from today itself..thanx

  • Bhatrati Pardeshi

    Very good n beneficial information

  • Neeshma

    Good post!! your article is very useful. I have tried some of them and i would like to say that it really works. Especially, Aloe vera has shown me effective results. I have also tried Cucumber and Lemon which were equally effective as well. Thanks for the post..

  • Rohit

    Information is very useful

  • fr

    I used to have really bad hyperpigmentation. Anytime I have an injury, bite, scrape, no matter what, I’m left with a mark after it heals. I was bit by something several times on my arms and I scratched them. When the bumps dried, I was left with small to medium sized marks! I looked for pure aloe vera. I started using Made from Earths Pure Aloe Vera Treatment and it worked wonders for me. Every mark, new and old that it touched, vanished. Didn’t really take long either. Keep it in the fridge after each use. Otherwise, it won’t be as effective. Good luck with your healing!

  • divyasree

    i want to get rid of these acne marks on my skin.
    could anyone suggest a remedy , coz lemon s sensitive for my skin.
    so wat can i use.

  • honey rose

    Even if i tried natural products it won’t give the color what i expect is there any way as i’m brown complexion

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Soniya, white patches occur when the melanin production is lowered and patches of lighter skin appears. This is also known as vitiligo. Vitiligo is not an easily treated skin condition. Yet, various treatment options, such as, photo therapy, skin grafting and depigmentation treatment are known to be effective. Some of the home remedies for white spots are: For treating vitiligo, consumption of ginger juice is recommended as it promotes blood flow. Neem seed oil applied to the affected area will also bring beneficial results. Always was the affected areas with a mild soap. If the problem persists then it is advisable to consult a dermatologist.

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Champa, the sun block cream that you can use should be a minimum of SPF 30 and PA+++ . try Lotus Herbals Safe Sun UV Screen Matte Gel PA+++ SPF 50 or Sunmate SPF 30+ gel-cream (Dermatologist recommended). You can also use skin lightening cream like Olay Natural White Day Cream or Nivea Visage Sparkling Glow.

  • StyleCraze

    Dear Filippa, hyperpigmentation, hormonal changes, severe threading or waxing, bleaching, excessive drying, sun tanning etc can cause dark skin around lips and mouth. Some natural remedies that you can try are:
    1. Lemon and honey – Mix equal quantities of lemon juice and honey and apply directly on the affected area. Leave it for at least 15-20 mins and finally rinse off. Use this as your daily remedy.
    2. Aloe vera gel – Apply fresh aloe vera gel directly on the affected area and leave it for 15 minutes. Wash it with lukewarm water.
    Hope you find these tips to be useful !!

  • StyleCraze

    Dear Suriya, dark and dull skin can be caused by overexposure to the sun, environmental pollution, a medical condition, dry skin, stress, poor lifestyle choices, and prolonged use of chemical-based cosmetic products. Some of the home made remedies to lighten skin tone are:
    1. Yogurt – Gently rub plain yogurt onto your skin. Leave it on for a few minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water. Do this once daily for several weeks to notice a significant change in your complexion.
    2. Oranges – Combine two tablespoons of orange juice and a pinch of powdered turmeric. Apply this mixture on your face and neck before going to bed. You can also apply it on your hands and legs. Wash it off after 20 to 30 minutes. Do this daily.
    3. Gram flour – Mix some gram flour with a small amount of water or rose water to make a thick paste. Apply it on your face and neck region. Leave it on until the paste dries. Then wash it off with water.