Skin discolorations got you down? It happens to the best of us, especially as we age and our skin accumulates more exposure to the sun and other environmental factors. Fortunately, you have the power to retaliate. Here’s a quick how-to on managing (and reversing) skin discolorations.
1. Before you do anything else, make sure it’s not serious. Taking care of the aesthetic details is important, but health always comes first. If you have any doubts, book an appointment with your doctor just to be safe.
2. Recognize the causes of discoloration (after all, you don’t want it to keep coming back, right?). Overexposure to the sun, certain medications, pregnancy, aging and poor diet could all be potential reasons why you’re experiencing unsightly dark patches (also known as hyperpigmentation). Hypopigmentation, or lightening of the skin, is caused by a reduction of melanin production, and it’s often genetic of experienced as the result of a burn or other trauma to the skin.
3. Try a gentle fix. According to some experts, applying lemon juice to the affected area twice a day can help treat the topmost layer of your skin. Alternatively, castor oil is said to be able to break down melanin, the stuff that causes those dark spots in the first place. Dermatologist Eliot Battle told Oprah.com that recent discolorations can be treated with cleansers and moisturizers containing glycolic or lactic acid.
4. If you’ve tried the easy home fixes and haven’t gotten the results you desire, consider an advanced facial brightening solution or a youth serum. These products can work wonders and leave your skin looking brighter, glowing and beautiful.
Finally, there’s one all-important piece of advice we can’t neglect to leave you with: WEAR SUNSCREEN! Yeah, we know you’ve heard it a thousand times. However, without this all-important step, any actions you take to protect your skin from discolorations and other undesirable effects might as well be for nothing. Not only is the sun harmful for skin, but it’s a leading cause of discoloration – both in terms of creating new dark patches and making existing ones worse.