Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation Natural Treatment
Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation occurs when skin infections, blisters, sun burns, tan and other burns become dark with passage of time. Sometimes spots of acne become very dark leading to hyperpigmentation. Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) marks slowly fades away as skin regenerates itself. But this process takes a lot of time. Sometimes acne marks, sun burns and tan do not fade away but become prominent with time and can lead to cancer. They have to be treated either by the use of chemicals or homemade remedies.
Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation can occur in all skin types. This condition is more prominent in areas where sunrays fall for longer period. People having pigmented skin can be commonly found in Asia, Africa and Mediterranean region. This hyperpigmentation affects both men and women equally.
There have been available many treatments for Post Inflammatory pigmentation in today’s modern world. These are laser treatments, chemical peels , physical exfoliation , bleaching creams , skin lightening creams and many home remedies.
When the discoloration of the skin is caused by a problem such as acne. The acne must be first eliminated before taking PIH treatment. Every time a new pimple develops and then resolves, a new area of PIH will develop. So it is important to minimize all new outbreaks with appropriate medications. Only then the treatment of PIH will be effective. However, to speed up the treatment of PIH following measures should be taken into consideration.
Chemical lightening agents:
There are many bleaching creams and skin lightening creams available which lighten the dark spots. These creams contain a chemical substance called Hydroquinone which works by blocking an enzyme that is responsible for the production of melanin pigment. Melanin is responsible for providing color to the skin Areas where melanin is produced in excess become dark and pigmented. Hydroquinone can also be found naturally in certain plants. The extract of these plants can be applied to the skin to reduce blemishes.
These products include Mitracarpus scaber extract, Uva ursi (bearberry) extract, mulberry, white mulberry and paper mulberry. All the above given products contain arbutin which is technically called hydroquinone. The extract of these plants can be applied on the skin to reduce blemishes. Herbal creams containing above natural products can be bought from Ayurvedic stores. They do not cause any side effect. But hydroquinone treatment takes at least six months to show the results. So this treatment is very slow.
There are other creams available in the market which contain sunscreen, glycolic acid, retinol, vitamin C and E. These can be applied on dark spots on regular basis to fade away blemishes.
Hyperpigmentation Natural Home remedies:
Homemade remedies are considered as the best treatment for any type of blemishes as these do not cause any side effects and are cheap. They can be easily available in the kitchen or can be bought from the nearest grocery. They have been used by Indians for centuries to remove blemishes and make the skin fairer. These remedies are famous in the form of masks. These masks can either made at home. They are also available in the market as herbal products.
1. Aloe vera:
Aloe vera is considered as the miraculous plant for all types of hyperpigmentation including Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation and other skin problems. Aloe vera not only removes acne but also checks PIH. Acne spots are the main reason of PIH. Aloe vera also helps in making the skin fairer. It exfoliates the skin naturally. Aloe vera mask refreshes the skin in hot summer months. Aloe vera gel or juice can be extracted from the home as most people plant Aloe vera in their house gardens. The leaf of Aloe vera contains gel.
Take a leaf of aloe vera. Cut it from the middle. Pour the gel into the bottle. Aloe vera gel can also be bought from the market. Aloe vera gel or cream should be directly applied on the face and other blemished dark spots. After applying keep the mask for 15 minutes and allow it to dry. Rinse it off with lukewarm water. Regular application of the remedy definitely give the best results and completely fade away the marks of post inflammatory pigmentation.
2. Cocoa Butter:
It is commonly used home remedy for Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation BY African-American community. For making this remedy, take some cocoa. Crush them into powder. Add butter into it. Apply the mask on the face. Let it as such for 15 minutes. Rinse it off with lukewarm water. This remedy acts as moisturizer for skin.
3. Lemon juice:
This is most common remedy in India and is easily accessible. Take a fresh lemon. Squeeze juice from it. Apply the juice directly on the post inflammatory pigmented parts of skin. Leave the mask for 15 minutes so that it can dry. Rinse it off with water. Fresh lemon juice is very acidic and it lightens up the spots.
It can also be used to make the skin fairer. Lemon juice is a natural bleach and good for oily sin. People having dry skin should mix honey in lemon juice. Honey acts as moisturizer for the face. People having irritation with lemon or who are sensitive to lemon should mix gram floor into lemon juice to reduce its acidic effect.
4. Potato juice:
Potato is very useful in treating hyperpigmentation. Take a potato. Cut it into this slices. Now rub a slice on the dark spots, acne marks, blemishes and dark circles below eyes. This definitely reduces or fades away the spots.
5. Onion juice:
Take a fresh onion. Crush it to make its juice. Add some apple cider vinegar into the juice. Apply the mixture with cotton on the pigmented parts. Leave the mask to dry for at least five minutes. Wash off your face and dark spots and blemishes with warm water.
Vitamin E is very beneficial for skin. It is available in spinach. Its juice can be extracted from spinach and rubbed on the pigmented spots. Vitamin E capsules are available in chemist store. Oil from vitamin e capsule should be extracted by tearing the capsule and oil should be used on the dark spots and acne spots. Intake of vitamin E foodstuff can also be helpful in curing hyperpigmentation.
Turmeric is necessary spice of Indian food. Turmeric is helpful in treating inflammation , skin wounds and liver disorders in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines. Turmeric contains a yellow pigment called circumin. Circumin is an inhibitor of cyclooxygenase-2 , an enzyme associated with inflammation. Turmeric mask is very effective in curing inflammatory marks. Take about half teaspoon of turmeric.
Add 2-3 teaspoons of gram floor. Add half teaspoon of almond oil to keep the mask moisturized. Add half spoon of milk so that paste can be formed. Mix all the ingredients. Apply the mask on your face for 15 minutes. When the mask dries up, rinse it off with warm water. This remedy is very effective and common in India to cure blemishes and for making the skin fairer. Regular use of this remedy definitely lightens the stubborn pigmented areas. Difference can be seen within weeks.
8. Orange skin:
Take an orange. Grate the skin of orange. Make a paste by adding few teaspoons of milk. Leave the mixture as such for half an hour. Massage it gently on the face and other marks. Wash it off with warm water when the mask dries up. Exfoliate your skin at least 3-4 times a week with this paste.
Conclusion: Hyperpigmentation can be cured but remedies should be followed every day to get the best results. Sunscreen must be applied before going outside because sunlight worsens the condition of hyperpigmentation.