Tuesday, February 15, 2011

How to Get Rid of Pigmentation


Common forms of skin pigmentation, such as freckles andage spots, occur in response to sun exposure. Age spots, called lentigines or liver spots, are areas of pigmentation that form when the skin is exposed to ultraviolet radiation, such as sunlight. Age spots show skin damage from the sun, and may be helped by fade creams, the American Academy of Dermatology website explains. It's possible to get rid of some pigmentation by exfoliation, a process that exposes new skin cells, or by bleaching. Consult a doctor about pigmentation before attempting to get rid of it yourself.

Step 1

Apply an exfoliating product on your face in the evenings. Creams containing alpha hydroxy acid help to remove dead skin cells and uncover fresh skin on pigmented areas, such as your face, hands, arms, chest and shoulders. AHA creams have potential for reducing signs of sun damage. Home remedies containing fruit or milk can also help, but take much longer to produce results.

Step 2

Continue the exfoliation treatment daily and protect your skin from the sun, especially from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., when solar radiation is strongest. It can take several weeks to get rid of pigmentation, depending on how dark the pigmentation is and how deep the pigmentation occurs in your skin layers.

Step 3

Bleach pigmented areas with a commercial fade cream or lemon juice. Lemon juice helps to fade skin pigmentation such as freckles and age spots. Dot lemon juice directly on the pigmentation with a cotton swab. Avoid getting the lemon juice on the surrounding skin.

Step 4

Apply a skin cream containing vitamin C at bedtime. Topical vitamin C, a strong antioxidant, helps to protect the skin and may promote collagen production to help reduce signs of aging and regenerate the skin, the University of Maryland Medical Center, or UMMC, reports.

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