Since dark spots on the skin can have many causes, it is not as easy to treat them naturally at home without using drugs.
Hyperpigmentation or dark spots; acne can be caused by hormonal fluctuations, skin sores or certain medications. Sometimes it can also be triggered by skin or hair care products. Let’s say if you have acne-related dark spots, then you need to treat acne first. Chances are, most dark spots will go away on their own. This process can take from six months to several years, depending on the cause.
Most dermatologists advise against using many skin lightening products. These creams and serums may contain mercury, steroids, and other harmful substances that affect skin health. For example, steroids can cause local reactions and even permanent discoloration. Considering these risks, it is useful to try some natural serums and masks that can be prepared at home for dark spots before resorting to medicated treatments. The question is, what should you use to minimize the risk of side effects and get better-looking skin? Here is the answer…
Aloe vera may be the best natural remedy for dark spots
Rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants, aloe vera is often recommended for home skin care. When used topically, it can accelerate wound healing, reduce inflammation, and slow aging.
According to Clinical and Experimental Dermatology reports, people who applied natural aloesin to the affected areas four times a day for 15 weeks showed 34% less pigmentation than the control group. Aloesin is a skin lightening ingredient that occurs naturally in aloe vera. Its effects are dose dependent according to the above study. Clinical evidence also shows that aloesin can prevent dark spots by suppressing the production of melanin in the skin.
For this, first of all, it is necessary to extract aloe vera gel from the plant. Cut a thick leaf near the stem, rinse and then dry lightly with a towel. Remove the thorny parts and check for signs of mold. Use a knife or spoon to remove the gel. Then cut the gel into small pieces and freeze or store in the refrigerator. Apply a small amount to your wrist to test for allergic reactions. If everything seems fine, apply the gel on your face and massage into the skin. Repeat several times a day.
Turmeric face mask that evens out your skin tone
Another popular home-made mask for dark spots is turmeric. Its active compound, curcumin, activates melanin synthesis. Melanin is a natural pigment that gives color to your skin, hair and eyes. Turmeric interferes with your body’s ability to produce this pigment, which can help reduce dark spots.
As dermatologist Joshua Zeichner told Marie Claire, “Turmeric is the ideal type of treatment for anyone, but especially if you’re dealing with acne, it can soothe inflammation, kill microorganisms in the skin, and clear up dark spots.” Also, Zeichner recommends it as a natural remedy for wrinkles and fine lines.
The turmeric mask making in Marie Claire is as follows; Combine 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder, 1 tablespoon of yogurt, and 1/2 tablespoon of raw honey in a small bowl. Mix well and then apply a small amount on your arm. If there are no signs of an allergic reaction within 24 hours, go ahead and use it on the affected areas.
Green tea, soy and mulberry mask
Green tea, mulberry and soy are used as natural home serums for dark spots. These ingredients may benefit those with hyperpigmentation disorders, but there is still not enough proven research on this.
Natural masks may not always be safe and effective
Experts state that lemon juice for juice can affect the pH balance of your skin due to its high acidity. When applied to the skin, it can lower pH levels and cause irritation. On top of that, it can worsen the appearance of dark spots.
Watch out for dark spots!
Do not neglect your daily sunscreen, including in winter, so that the spots do not become more pronounced on your skin. Ideally, choose products with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. It is also recommended to use a quality cream or serum containing vitamin C, retinoids, glycolic acid or azelaic acid. You can also choose from products that contain not more than 2% hydroquinone, an organic compound that whitens the skin. However, before using these products, consult a dermatologist to avoid any undesirable effects.