See Spot disappear…with Aloe

Some pigmentation on the skin is a good thing. This is what helps protect the deeper layers from skin damage. However, when the pigmentation is overproduced, hyperpigmentation occurs. Acne scars, aging, hormone estrogen levels, reactions to prescription drugs such as salicylic acid or benzyl peroxide are all causes of hyperpigmentation. While hyperpigmentation is normally harmless, this condition can make one feel very self-conscious about one’s skin as it results in unsightly, dark colored blotches and an overall uneven skin tone. “Age spots” or “liver spots,” are a well-known form of hyperpigmentation. Doctors call spots that are caused by sun damage  “solar lentigines.” They crop up on the hands or faces or people after begin frequently exposed to the sun. Another type of hyperpigmentation is called, “melasma” or “chloasma.” These spots look very much like age or liver spots but are larger and usually appear at the end of hormonal changes such as pregnancy or menopause. Pregnancy can cause the body to produce too much melanin. This can result in what many call a darkening around the eyes and nose often referred to as the “mask of pregnancy.” It can also show up on the abdomen and on other areas of the skin. Sometimes, birth control pills can result in the same type of hyperpigmentation because they cause the body to undergo hormonal changes that are similar to those experienced during pregnancy. This latter type usually goes away when the person stops taking the pills, however.

Sometimes, skin pigmentation occurs as the result of skin diseases such as acne or by injuries to the skin. Sometimes it can occur due to surgical incisions. Sometimes, it can be caused when freckles, an inherited condition, become darker or more pronounced after sun exposure.

Some people use bleaching creams to treat hyperpigmentation, but these can take up to 6 months to show any results at all, if any, and can contain all kinds of harmful chemicals. Laser treatments are also being used to treat hyperpigmentation, but these treatments are very expensive and can sometimes make the condition worse rather than better. Glycolic acid, azelaic acid and chemical peels are also used to treat hyperpigmentation, but these are all harsh treatments and each can be dangerous and cause more harm than good.

A safe, gentle and effective method of treating hyperpigmentation, however, is Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera is a species of plant that has been used for thousands of years to treat both skin conditions and other health issues. It is grown in North America and its history as a medicinal treatment has been traced back as far as 6,000 years. The pure gel from inside the stem can be used directly on the skin to instill its healing properties, but has recently been extracted and bottled for sale by natural cosmetics and medical companies. This seemingly magical plant contains all kinds of anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and other natural properties that make it perfect for treating most skin problems. It works on hyperpigmentation by encouraging the skin to regenerate new skin cells. As the new skin cells form, the old ones are sloughed off, leaving a fresh, new area free of the unsightly dark spots. Additionally, it adds moisturizing and cleansing properties that leave the skin looking and feeling fresh and rejuvenated.

Those who develop new areas of dark spots on their hands, faces and other places on the skin can treat them with Aloe Vera. This will prevent the area from getting worse, help to quickly fade the already-existing patches, and will make the complexion fresh and glowing. When the dark patches first appear, it is a good idea to mix a little sunscreen with the Aloe Vera and apply it directly to the effected area to keep it from progressing.

DIY Aloe Vera Mask

When plagued with hyperpigmentation, one can prepare and Aloe Vera mask right at home and apply it to the effected areas. Begin by adding ½ tablespoon of organic Aloe Vera gel into a small container. It is important to use fresh, organic Aloe Vera gel and to avoid using any commercial product that contains harsh chemicals. Aloe Vera plants can be purchased at any gardening center. To use, simply snip off small portions of the fatty stems and extract the juice. Next, add 1 tablespoon of seaweed to the container. Kelp powder is an excellent choice that can be purchased at any natural foods or natural cosmetics outlet. To the Aloe gel and seaweed, add ½ tablespoon of raw honey and mix together well. Allow the mixture to sit undisturbed for 10 minutes. Then, cleanse the face with a gentle cleanser (Preferably one that contains Aloe Vera.) and pat dry with a towel. Avoiding the eye area, apply the Aloe Vera mask mixture over the entire face, lie down and relax for at least 20 minutes. Afterward, rinse with lukewarm water. Do not use soap. Using this mask two to three times per week will make a dramatic difference in the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Results vary from person-to-person, but most begin to see a noticeable difference within two to three weeks.

Another way to treat hyperpigmentation with Aloe Vera is to apply the gel directly to the affected areas of the skin with a cotton ball about thirty minutes prior to bedtime. This will give it enough time to dry. Sleep, and rinse the gel off in the morning. It is best to use only tepid water as a rinse. However, some people prefer to remove the gel in their morning shower. If this is the case, they should use only a very mild, natural soap. A noticeable difference should occur in from two to three weeks, although this varies with the individual

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Comments

  1. Bhavna Saxena says

    Hi ,

    I have some scars on my hands ,back and on my legs.I just want how can I use alovera on my body to reduce these scars.please help me.

    Thanks,
    Bhavna Saxena

  2. Maxine says

    Hi,

    Was reading your ideas for aloe for hyperpigmentation. Was a bit confused though cause the 20 minute one with the honey and seaweed is for the entire face but the pure aloe one is on the affected areas. So if I do the one with the honey over the entire face, does that lighten other areas aside from the hyperpigmented areas? In other words, which is best over the entire face or just the hyper areas. Thanks!

  3. Donna Boyle says

    I have dark pigmented area above upper lip, looks like sun moustache, yuk!! Seemed to only notice it last week and it pops out now…. I have started using fresh aloe vera at night and here’s hoping it will lighten it. I will re post with progress.

  4. Sharda maharjan says

    Wow, after reading this post about pigmentation and it’s cure I feel like I am going to
    Get a new life. I feel so down and so ugly whenever I look into the mirror. My pigmentation is increasing day by day n I have found no solution. Now I know about aloe Vera I am going to try it for sure.
    Thank you very much for giving me hope to live, I was so depressed that smtimes I thought to kill myself.

    • connie says

      I know exactly how you feel. I didn’t understand what was going on with my skin at the beginning. My niece has had this skin condition for some time now and then, I began to notice some of the same symptoms on my face. I decided to go see my dermatologist and sure enough that is what it was, hyper pigmentation. She has me on some topicals that seem to make a difference but, it does take awhile to see results.

      Don’t get discouraged, It often doesn’t look as bad as we think. I find that my smile is beautiful and I just focus on that when I look at myself.

  5. Tshidi Mosikidi says

    I am one of those ladies with pigmentation and I have tried a lot of expensive creams but there are no results. I would like to order this Aloe and try to see the results.

    Please E-Mail me your details so that I can place an order.

    Thans.

  6. Ciara Montegut says

    True age spots are harmless and don’t need treatment, but they can look like cancerous growths. For cosmetic reasons, age spots can be lightened with skin-bleaching products or removed. However, preventing age spots — by avoiding the sun and using sunscreen — may be the easiest way to maintain your skin’s youthful appearance and to avoid these dark skin spots.

  7. Safia says

    Well explained and a great relief to bothering
    Questions on hyperpigmentation! Will keep u posted

  8. Nancy says

    Thank you for this info. My husband & I love getting a tan but the last few years brown spots have appeared on face, neck and arms. Will definitely give this a try! Will keep you posted!

  9. Melissa says

    Hi there…I have a very bad pigmentation ard my mouth area… I would like to try the above method… I hav a question, when u say seaweed is it in powder form or real raw seaweed? Where can I get those seaweed… Kindly advise..

    Many Thanks

  10. Ana says

    Hi all, just start using the Aloe Vera plant today It’s gooey and sticky When it dries your skin feels tight and Skin feels soft too. I just cut off a peace and put it on my face. Will be putting on twice a day ( night and day) I will let you know if it works. Wish you all the best!

  11. krystal says

    This definitely works! I see a big difference after only 1 day. My sun spots aren’t as dark and noticible as they were before using the aloe gel. I’ll definitely continue using it until they fade completely. Thanks!

    • tmcadoo says

      This is so encouraging. I can’t wait to begin using this treatment tonight! And to think I’ve had tons of live aloe vera plants around my house for years. This will also save me lots of money by not having to purchase any more 4% hydroqu/bleaching cream from my dermatologist.

  12. says

    Where do you find a nice sized aloe plant. I have always been told the plant has to be at least a year old for it to have what you need in it. Also dont forget, Aloe for sunburns is wonderful:)

  13. Noni says

    I used fresh aloe vera from the plant .it made my skin very dry and pigmentation darker. My skin is dry with melasma .any advice!!

  14. mira says

    I have tried the Aloe Vera approach for my melasma and it has worked for me. I tried it before reading this article since my hsuband suggested it 2 years back and it worked like magic. In 2 weeks life changed.

    • Danielle Brown says

      Hi Perd,

      Hold off on aloe treatment for now, as you may have had an allergic reaction to the aloe. You may want to consult a dermatologist.

  15. says

    This is wonderful!!!
    Thank you so much for this.

    over the last summer i began using a makeup with salisylic acid in it, thinking it would help my acne.
    i thought it was just because i was getting more into my teen years, but i got red blotches and lots more cystic acne. It took me a while to figure out that the harsh makeup and cleanser i was using was the cause of this.
    i began using natural, raw honey last fall and it got rid of my cystic acne just like that.
    however, i was still battling minor allergic reactions and hyperpigmintation.

    i tried this last night and my redness seems to be looking better already. Cant wait to see what will happen in the next 2 weeks.
    i just can’t believe this… i’m looking forward to a clear faced summer!!!

    thanks again

    ~Abigail

    http://sweetergetsthejourneyblog.blogspot.com/

  16. Sandra says

    I have jst started using alo vera and am pretty scared cuz i dnt know if it wil take away my dark spots or make them worse

    • Danielle Brown says

      Hi Sandra,
      Try testing the aloe vera on a small part of your skin to being with, as that will allow you can gauge and control the effects. If it does not help clear up your dark spots, you can discontinue use with little disaster. Less is more!

  17. poonam says

    Hi
    I need some help I got a pigmentation on my cheeks due to emotional stress and I wanted to use this aloe face pack but I am not getting kelp powder in India and which kelp powder shall I use?
    Please reply

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