Monday, October 4, 2010

How to Get Rid of Pigmentation on Your Face

Overview

Pigmentation is usually the result of long-term sun exposure or regular use of tanning beds. Aging of the skin also contributes to the appearance of pigmentation problems. According to MayoClinic.com, spots of dark pigmentation are harmless and are caused by excess of melanin accumulating in certain areas of your skin. Pigmentation problems are more common on the forehead, but can occur anywhere on the face.


Step 1

Dab natural lemon juice directly on the spots if the pigmentation is slight and the spots are small. Repeat twice daily for as long as needed. If you have sensitive skin, wash off the juice after 30 minutes to avoid irritation.


Step 2

Try an over-the-counter fade cream. These are bleaching creams that can help fade the spots away with regular application. MayoClinic.com recommends looking for a cream that contains hydroquinone or glycolic acid. These creams might cause irritation and make your skin sensitive to the sun, so use sunscreen regularly.

Ask your doctor for a prescription bleaching cream. According to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, prescription bleaching creams usually contain hydroquinone in double or more the amounts contained in non-prescription creams. Tell your doctor if you have sensitive skin, as hydroquinone can cause irritation. Results may take up to six months to show.

Step 4

Undergo a chemical peel. Chemical peels can be done in three intensities: mild, medium and deep. Mild peels have no downtime but they might need to be repeated several times before you notice improvement. Medium and deep peels will burn away the top surface of the skin and with it eliminate the pigmentation spots. Talk to your doctor about possible complications and healing time.

Step 5

Consult a dermatologist about more invasive treatments. Laser therapy, dermabrasion or freezing (cryotherapy) can all be used to treat pigmentation. All three carry some risks, especially scarring and infection. They also have a longer healing time, so you might need to take off work for a few days. Discuss these risks with your doctor before you choose a procedure.

1 comment:

Laureen said...

Many different remedies exist that help eliminate birthmarks and face pigmentation. Some of them can be found right in your kitchen just like what's stated here. Thanks! baby eczema