17 Tips To Remove Skin Pigmentation  June 24, 2016

Beauty is about being comfortable in one’s own skin, isn’t it?

A lot has been said about flawless skin. People make it a big deal without really doing anything about it. The truth is – it is not really difficult to have 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 a few problems we all face. But then, there are a number of remedies that can solve our problem.

In this post, we talk about the top home remedies that can treat skin pigmentation and give you glowing skin. Keep reading!

Home Remedies For Pigmentation

  1. Raw Potato
  2. Lemon/Lime
  3. Lemon Juice And Turmeric Powder
  4. Apple Cider Vinegar
  5. Red Onion
  6. Aloe Vera
  7. Cucumber
  8. Orange Peel
  9. Almonds
  10. Sandalwood
  11. Tomato, Oatmeal, And Yogurt Mask
  12. Avocados
  13. Banana
  14. Papaya

Tips To Reduce Skin Pigmentation

  1. Avoid Direct Exposure To The Sun
  2. Take Care Of Your Diet
  3. Maintain Personal Hygiene

1. Raw Potato

What You Need

A fresh and clean potato

What You Need To Do

  1. Cut the potato in half and add a few drops of water on the exposed side.
  2. Rub it well on the affected areas of your skin and then wash off with lukewarm water after 10 minutes.

When You Need To Do This

Three to four times a day for about a month.

Why This Works

Potatoes are said to work very well on pigmented areas, dark spots, and blemishes. This is because they contain an enzyme called catecholase that has the ability to lighten the skin tone (1).

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2. Lemon/Lime

What You Need

  • 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons of organic honey

What You Need To Do

  1. Slice the lemon and squeeze out its juice. Collect the juice in a bowl.
  2. Add the honey to the juice and mix well.
  3. Apply the mixture to your skin, and leave it on for about 15 minutes.
  4. Wash off with normal water.

When You Need To Do This

Do this twice daily till you notice an improvement.

Why This Works

Lemon has natural bleaching properties and organic honey works as a great moisturizer. These help remove skin pigmentation.

Lemon also is a great source of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from UV damage and lightens dark spots (2).

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3. Lemon Juice And Turmeric Powder

What You Need

  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric powder

What You Need To Do

  1. Mix the ingredients well in a bowl.
  2. Apply the mixture on your skin and leave it on for 15 minutes.
  3. Wash off with water.

When You Need To Do This

In the night, before going to bed.

Why This Works

Turmeric is known to make the skin vibrant and clear of blemishes (3). It also helps maintain the pH levels of the skin.

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4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

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What You Need

3-4 tablespoons each of apple cider vinegar and water

What You Need To Do

  1. Mix the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Apply the solution to the affected area, and leave it on for about five minutes.
  3. Rinse with lukewarm water.

When You Need To Do This

Repeat this twice a day regularly till you get the desired results.

Why This Works

The astringent properties of apple cider vinegar help restore the skin’s natural color. The vinegar also contains beta-carotene that treats the damage done to the skin by the free radicals in the atmosphere (4). Apple cider vinegar is known to naturally make the skin suppler and brighter (5).

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5. Red Onion

What You Need

A fresh red onion

What You Need To Do

  1. Cut the onion in two.
  2. Take one slice and rub it directly on the affected area.
  3. You can also grate the onion, squeeze out its juice, and apply it to your skin.
  4. Let it stay on for about 10 minutes, after which you can wash off with water.

When You Need To Do This

Twice a day, regularly.

Why This Works

Onions are an excellent source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that can be used for treating pigmentation (6), (7).

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6. Aloe Vera

Regular application of aloe vera is one of the most effective home remedies for skin pigmentation.

What You Need

  • 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel
  • 1/2 tablespoon of raw honey

What You Need To Do

  1. Add the ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Keep it aside for 10 minutes for the mixture to settle.
  2. Apply the mixture to your skin, and wait for 20 minutes.
  3. Wash off with lukewarm water.

When You Need To Do This

Once every day, for two weeks.

Why This Works

Aloe vera is known to cleanse the skin without disturbing its natural balance (8). It also helps in reducing spots on the face and even offers protection from the damage caused by UV radiation (9), (10).

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7. Cucumber

Cucumber for skin

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What You Need

  • 1 tablespoon of cucumber juice
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice

What You Need To Do

  1. Take all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Apply this mixture evenly on the affected areas of your skin.
  3. Leave it on for about 10 minutes, after which you can wash off with water.

When You Need To Do This

You can do this twice a day on a daily basis.

Why This Works

Cucumber is known to rejuvenate the skin and improve its complexion (11). It can also be used to treat freckles and blemishes.

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8. Orange Peel

What You Need

  • The peel of an orange
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of honey

What You Need to Do

  1. Grind the orange peel to a powder and then dry it.
  2. Add the lemon juice, milk, and honey to the powder and mix all the ingredients well.
  3. Apply the paste to the affected areas of your skin.
  4. Leave it on for about 20 minutes, after which you can wash off with lukewarm water.

When You Need To Do This

Do this three to four times a week till you notice results.

Why This Works

Orange peel has citric acid that helps reduce melanin content, thereby treating pigmentation (12).

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9. Almonds

What You Need

  • 5 to 6 almonds
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • A few drops of lemon juice

What You Need To Do

  1. Soak the almonds in water overnight.
  2. Take out the almonds the next morning and grind them. You can add milk to get a fine paste.
  3. Add the honey and lemon juice to this paste and mix well.
  4. Apply the paste to affected areas of your skin and leave it that way overnight.
  5. In the morning, you can wash off with cold water.

When You Need To Do This

In the night, before going to bed. You can repeat this every night for two weeks, after which you can follow it twice a week.

Why This Works

Almonds are great sources of vitamin E, which is also called the skin vitamin. This treats skin pigmentation and keeps the skin healthy (13), (14).

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10. Sandalwood

What You Need

  • 2 tablespoons of sandalwood powder
  • 2 tablespoons of rose water

What You Need To Do

  1. Mix both the ingredients thoroughly till you get a thick and smooth paste.
  2. Apply the paste to the affected areas of your skin, and let it sit for about 30 minutes.
  3. Wash off the lukewarm water.

When You Need To Do This

Twice daily.

Why This Works

Sandalwood works as a stimulant and blood purifier, thereby treating skin pigmentation. It also is one of the ideal ingredients in sunscreen that is used for protecting the skin from the harmful UV rays (15).

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11. Tomato, Oatmeal, And Yogurt Mask

What You Need

  • Juice of 1 tomato
  • 2 teaspoons of oatmeal
  • ½ teaspoon of yogurt

What You Need To Do

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Apply the mixture to your skin, and leave it on for about 20 minutes, or till it dries completely.
  3. Rinse with lukewarm water.

When You Need To Do This

You must do this every day to see the desired results at the earliest.

Why This Works

Tomato has natural bleaching properties, and face masks made from tomatoes can help rejuvenate the skin (16). Yogurt contains lactic acid that tightens the skin and reduces blemishes (17). Oatmeal offers scrubbing effects. These three, when mixed, make a great remedy to get rid of pigmentation.

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12. Avocados

Avocados for skin

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What You Need

1 ripe avocado

What You Need To Do

  1. Mash the avocado till you get a smooth paste.
  2. Apply the paste to your skin, and let it stay for about 30 minutes.
  3. Rinse with lukewarm water.

When You Need To Do This

You can do this twice a day, every day for a month.

Why This Works

The presence of vitamin C and oleic acid makes avocados an ideal remedy for skin pigmentation. They maintain the firmness of the skin, and also nourish the skin from within (18).

Caution

One thing to watch out for is the presence of latex enzymes in avocados. These can cause allergies in some people. So please do a patch test before you try this remedy.

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13. Banana

What You Need

  • ½ banana (peeled)
  • ¼ teaspoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of milk

What You Need To Do

  1. Mash the banana completely.
  2. Add the honey and milk to it, and mix well.
  3. Apply the mixture to the affected areas of your skin.
  4. Keep it on for about 30 minutes, after which you can wash off with warm water.

When You Need To Do This

Repeat this twice a week regularly. You will notice results in three weeks.

Why This Works

Banana works as a natural exfoliator that cleanses the skin, thereby treating skin pigmentation.

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14. Papaya

What You Need

  • 2 tablespoons of papaya pulp
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of milk

What You Need To Do

  1. Take the papaya pulp in a bowl and add the other ingredients to it.
  2. Mix well till you get a smooth paste.
  3. Apply this to the affected areas of your skin, and leave it on for 30 minutes.
  4. Rinse with lukewarm water.

When You Need To Do This

Do this twice a day regularly.

Why This Works

Papaya contains an enzyme named papain that has wonderful exfoliating properties. These break down the dead skin cells and encourage new cell growth, thereby treating skin pigmentation (19).

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Other Tips To Reduce Skin Pigmentation

15. Avoid Direct Exposure To The Sun

Pigmentation is a common problem, and one must understand that the skin takes time to heal. Protect your skin from the sun by applying sunscreen lotion and other creams. A sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 is recommended (especially for skin pigmentation). Avoid exposing your skin directly to the sun and keep your skin clean.

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16. Take Care Of Your Diet

Your diet plays a major role in determining the health of your skin. Ensure you include plenty of green leafy vegetables in your diet. Veggies like spinach, coriander, asparagus, curry leaves, and others are replete with vitamin A that is highly beneficial to your skin.

Drink lots of water and eat as many fruits as possible to keep your skin hydrated. It also helps flush the toxins out of your system.

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17. Maintain Personal Hygiene

This is a given. You might use the best of remedies, but without proper hygiene, your skin will never be healthy. Ensure you take bath twice daily, and wipe your body dry with a clean, soft towel. Don’t take bath with extremely hot water. Use cold water instead.

Indulge in proper skin care. Do not forget cleansing, toning, moisturizing, and exfoliating (at least twice a week using the facial scrub of your choice).

[ Read: Shanaz Hussain Beauty Tips For Skin Pigmentation ]

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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 has a different skin type, and hence, 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.

What Are The Causes Of Skin Pigmentation

Now that you know how you can treat uneven skin tone and reduce skin pigmentation, it is time to look at the causes.

1. Heat

Overexposure to heat is one of the most common environmental causes of pigmentation. The melanin-producing cells are disturbed, thereby causing pigmentation. Just like UV radiation, even thermal radiation affects the melanocytes, resulting in hyperpigmentation.

[ Read: Causes Of Hyperpigmentation ]

2. Injury

Sometimes, pigmentation happens after the wound caused by an injury heals.

3. Medication

Certain medicines can cause skin pigmentation as a side effect.

4. Diseases

Certain diseases like jaundice and cyanosis also cause discoloration of skin. 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.

Skin pigmentation is not untreatable. Though we have certain effective creams that can make your skin flawless, these home remedies for pigmentation go a long way in treating your skin naturally.

[ Read: Pigmentation Creams That Can Make Your Skin Flawless ]

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 have worked for you.

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  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/chahna/ Chahna

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

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/oindrila/ Oindrila

      Thanks a lot for the appreciation dear! :D

      • Cinderella

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

        • http://www.stylecraze.com/ 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.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/eshwarigupta/ Eshwari

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

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/oindrila/ Oindrila

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

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/shabby/ Shabby

    Nice Article Oindy :)

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/oindrila/ 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

  • RUSHU

    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

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ 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.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ 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.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ 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 !!

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ 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.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Thanks John for sharing your grandmother’s skin remedy with us… and it is true that lot of home / kitchen simple ingredients like gram flour, rose petals, orange peel, turmeric powder, neem etc have wonderful benefits and they are great for the skin.