Friday, December 31, 2010

Remove Dark Pigmentation on Face Naturally Without Risky Skin Lighteners

By Therese Higgins

Did you ever think that familiar skin whitening cream women have been using for over 50 years could contain an ingredient which could carry a serious health risk? Well, that is what some researchers who have tested the whitening agent, hydroquinone, want people to know. If you're in the market for a product that removes dark pigmentation on face and hands, you might want to look into natural alternatives which effectively do the job without the worry. Allow me to explain.

You see, the commonly used skin lightener, hydroquinone, has a history that dates as far back as ancient Persia. But, it has only been in recent times that health experts believed it should undergo rigorous testing. Some of the findings of these studies linked hydroquinone to a potential risk for developing cancer. There were several countries which were so concerned with these findings, they banned this ingredient from use.

However, the results were not conclusive. Other countries, including the U.S., demanded further proof before taking such a drastic step. Consequently, most of these products continue to be made with hydroquinone.

But what if you're not willing to take a risk? Can you still get rid of unwanted dark pigmentation on your face?

Absolutely! There are powerful, all-natural treatments which have been formulated to remove dark patches, while significantly improving the tone and texture of your complexion. Even though that sounds like a tall order, these significant results are being achieved in clinical tests, as well as, with consumers at home.

One of the most exciting natural substances for getting rid of dark spots is called extrapone nutgrass root. This, too, is an ancient remedy with a long history which dates back to Chinese and Ayurvedic medical treatments.

When dermatological researchers tested the extract from this plant grown in India, they achieved a remarkable 41% reduction in the formation and clumping of the brown skin pigment, melanin...without harmful side effects.

And instead of sticking this natural extract into a cream made with a bunch of synthetic chemicals like petrolatum, mineral oil, isopropyl myristate, trietholamine, glycerin propylene glycol, alcohols and fragrances, scientists boosted the anti aging effect by using plant-based oils and emollients, natural proteins, vitamins, minerals and enzymes.

Grapeseed oil, babbasu, maracuja passion fruit extract, natural vitamin E, Japanese sea algae, Co Enzyme Q10 and functional keratin work alongside extrapone nutgrass to nourish and support your body's production of essential structural proteins and fatty acids, better know as collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid.

With plenty of these natural substances coursing through the fibers of your skin, your complexion can't help but be firm, smooth, moist, clear and bright.

So, if your goal is to remove dark pigmentation on face, why not do it naturally, and with an anti aging bonus? You can learn more about these safe alternatives to hydroquinone, by visiting my web site. There you can get more details about all-natural products which can make a significant difference in the way your skin looks and feels.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Causes of Dark Skin Pigmentation

Your skin is generally the same color over your entire body, with little variation from one section to another. However, some areas may develop a darker pigment than others, a condition referred to as hyperpigmentation. These areas can be isolated spots, like a freckle or an age spot, or they may be larger blotches of darker colored skin.

Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is the development of spots on the skin in areas where an injury has occurred, such as with acne, cuts, burns or other skin tissue damage. Melanin is the substance that gives your skin its color. The spots can develop from residual melanin pigment left from the healing process, or from the deposit of iron in the skin from dead red blood cells.


Ephelides, more commonly known as freckles, are also spots of dark pigmentation on the skin. Freckles form on exposed skin when you spend too much time in the sun, especially when unprotected by sunscreen. As your skin is damaged by the ultraviolet radiation of the sun, the irregular production of melanin occurs from mealnocytes in the skin, resulting in pockets of excess melanin pigment in the form of freckles.


Lentigines, also referred to as age spots, sun spots or liver spots, are another form of hyperpigmentation on the skin. Lentigines develop because of a combination of factors. For example, some lentigines develop when the aging process causes the body to produce excess melanin on the skin. Other lentigines are are sun-related and occur similarly to freckles, when ultraviolet radiation causes melanin to clump together on areas of the skin, resulting in brown or black spots of hyperpigmentation.

Photoallergic or Phototoxic Reaction

Photoallergic or phototoxic reactions are two more sources of hyperpigmentation. In both cases, medication has made the person sensitive to the sun. Exposure to the sun while on certain medications can damage the skin, resulting in darkened areas in a phototoxic reaction. In a photoallergic reaction, the structure of the drug is changed when you're exposed to ultraviolet radiation, causing the body to see the drug as an invader and attack it. This can manifest as areas of hyperpigmentation. Drugs that may cause these reactions include antibiotics, diuretics and even some non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, says the New Zealand Dermatological Society.

Addison's Disease

Addison's disease causes a decrease in your body's production of certain hormones, such as cortisol and aldosterone. Without these hormones, your body can exhibit a host of different symptoms, ranging from muscle weakness to low blood sugar. Another common symptom, according to the Mayo Clinic, is areas of hyperpigmentation on the skin.