Skin hyperpigmentation causes the appearance of dark patches and uneven color. The excessive production of melanin is largely responsible for the darkening of the skin. Hyperpigmentation can affect almost any part of the body but it is most common where the skin sees sunlight; the face, neck, hands, legs and arms. The cause of the production of extra melanin varies. There are always instances where medical treatment is necessary and beneficial but there are ways you can treat and improve hyperpigmentation on your own.
Lemon contains citric acid. Citric acid is a natural skin lightener. It promotes the rapid turnover of skin cells and helps the skin achieve a more uniform appearance. This is what makes lemon a popular home treatment for excess pigmentation. The one precaution is to be sure to use lemon on your skin in the evening. Citrus fruits can cause sensitivity to UV light and could make the pigmentation worse. Try these treatments at home, in the evening;
Squeeze a lemon to extract fresh lemon juice and rub the juice on your skin with a cotton ball or makeup round. Leave the lemon juice on your skin for 5-10 minutes then wash off with cool water. Follow this remedy every single evening until you notice improvement. With most natural treatments, it takes a minimum of 4 weeks to see a difference. Be patient. Also, if you notice burning just dilute with a little water. Lemons naturally slow down the inflammatory process and that is a sign it’s working. Lemon is an awesome way to treat acne.
You can also use lemon to make your own face mask. Put equal parts of raw honey and lemon in a bowl. I would suggest starting with 2 tablespoons each. Mix the ingredients and apply to the skin with a brush if you have one. If not, use your fingers. Cover your face with a warm towel for 15 minutes. Lay back and relax for 15 minutes then rinse off with lukewarm water. Make time to make the mask at least twice a week. I typically suggest that my clients make this mask nightly but I know finding time is tough. It’s worth it!
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