March 30, 2010

Natural Remedies To Get Rid Of Uneven Skin Tone On Face

Posted in Category : Beauty

Uneven skin tone comes in a close third in the list of skin complaints of women all over the world. Apart from problems such as acne and wrinkles, an uneven skin tone can prevent your complexion from looking flawless and youthful. There are several reasons why you may suffer from an uneven skin tone. These include genetics, over exposure to the sun, an imbalance of hormones, hyper pigmentation, and aging.

Treatments for an uneven skin tone on the face work in different ways. There are some treatments that help to turn the skin paler by reducing the production of melanin. Other treatments target dark patches and spots and prevent them from spreading. And finally, there are products specially designed to bleach the dark and damaged areas of the skin and even out skin tone. Depending on the severity of the problem, your dermatologist will prescribe the correct course of action. If the dark patches and blemishes are mild, an over-the-counter skin cream may be all that is needed to repair your complexion. Look for products containing natural ingredients such as vitamin C, vitamin E, soy, and mulberry that help lighten dark skin. In cases where the uneven skin tone is more pronounced, you may need a combination of cosmetic treatments and natural remedies to treat the situation. Experts recommend skin lightening creams containing retinoid or alpha hydroxy acid as these are known to speed up the growth of new skin cells. Topical treatments may also be used in combination with cosmetic procedures such as laser resurfacing and chemical peels. However, these procedures do come with their own set of side effects and potential risks, so think carefully before choosing such options.

If chemical treatments and medications seem too harsh and damaging, there are also a number of home remedies and natural alternatives to lighten your skin and even out your complexion. Here are some of the remedies you may use:

  • Gently massage olive oil into your skin. Use only the tips of your fingers and massage with upwards strokes all over your face and neck. After leaving the oil on your skin for five minutes, place a steaming cloth or towel over your face to maximize the moisturizing properties of the oil. Olive oil is a non-comedogenic oil that does not clog up pores and cause acne and blemishes
  • Make your own natural skin exfoliating scrub by mixing baking soda and water into a paste. Use this paste and massage into the skin with circular motions. Leave to dry for a few minutes before rinsing off. Repeat this twice a day for best results
  • Dilute equal quantities of apple cider vinegar and water and use this as a daily toner for your skin. Apple cider vinegar not only evens out skin tone, as it is a natural bleaching agent but also reduces open pores and prevents acne and rough skin
  • Soak a cotton ball or pad with fresh lemon juice. Apply this juice all over your face especially on those areas that are uneven and dark. Let the juice dry on your skin for fifteen to twenty minutes before washing off. The vitamin C in lemon juice helps increase the turnover of skin cells and reduces an uneven skin tone. Lemon juice also helps remove dead cells and clears up any spots or pimples
  • Another excellent homemade toner is water mixed with a few drops of lemon juice and witch hazel. This is an antibacterial toner that helps exfoliate the skin and prevents acne
  • Combine oatmeal with yoghurt and apply this paste to your skin to boost blood circulation and reduce redness and inflammation of the skin. Alternatively apply a thin layer of plain yoghurt to your face to remove dead cells and brighten your skin tone

Home remedies are therefore an effective answer to the problem of uneven skin tone. Consult your doctor in case you consider other medical options to help you even skin tone.