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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Bhavna Saxena says
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.
Very helpful. Worth a try definetly
ill keep you posted on the results 🙂
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!
I need reply fr the same. Apply only on affected area or allover
honey does not help with hyperpigmented spots. SO i use just the aloe straight to my spots and all over my face. I do this every other day. I also use on my neck and is helping with lines from sleeping
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.
did you find any good results? how is your skin now?
upasana mahajan says
I’m suffering from melasma or blemishes on face nose upper lip cheeks what should I do for treatment is rubbing of alloveera on face reduce blemishes on face
Hey sis tell me too if it’s work or not m also facing same problem
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.
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.
Thank you for that lovely, positive statement 🙂 it’s great to see people encouraging others & showing love for oneself. It can be very hard at times – I developed pigmentation across my entire forehead over the last 3 years & struggle with my reflection some days. But have been told on many occasions that like yourself I have a beautiful smile. I will endeavour to focus on that instead of my forehead. x
Shradha tell me dear aloe Vera work or not m also facing same problem
Please see beyond your skin… I deal with the same condition for over 20 years. Nothing I’ve done has cured it. I’m taking 1tsp of msm with 1 tsp of vitamin C mixed in orange juice every morning. I’m waiting to see if it helps me because I worked for one of my friends. It is hormonal… the topical treatments just last for a little while and then it come back with a vengeance. I’m on my third chemical peel and honestly I think it looks worse than ever. Hang in there. Life is so much more than melasma.
Sometimes we lose the true meaning of life, because of the demands we all put on each other. Our skin is such a small part of who we truly are. It’s whats on the inside that matters most. In our lives, so many things can happen to alter our looks, getting older for example. But, if we are true to ourselves, and remind ourselves everyday of our true purpose here on earth, we can weather the storms. We are precious children to our creator, no matter how we look on the outside. To HIM we are beautiful, WE ARE PERFECT.
THE LIFE YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN IS A PRECIOUS LIFE. SEE THE BEAUTY IN IT. LIVE EVERYDAY LIKE YOU ARE DYING.
Cool to get this info,I’ll put it to test in get u the result
Nikki Duah says
I will definitely try this out. I will let you know if it works thanks a lot!
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.
this is called mokgwapha in our Setswana language and I hve started to use it too. will sure post my results
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.
Well explained and a great relief to bothering
Questions on hyperpigmentation! Will keep u posted
sarah ariicho says
thanks for the information . im sure my pigmentation is gonna be alright
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!
I have been using aloe Vera and it does help with the skin but you must stay dedicated to the plant as a daily routine ( :
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..
We Love Aloe says
Melissa, try a google search for powdered kelp. That should do the trick! Good luck!
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!
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!
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.
I just had 5 chemical peels several bleaching creams and they only seem to make it worse…. I have extremely bad melasma on my cheeks, forehead, upper lip… My question is do I use fresh aloe Vera or should I use the mask??? Please HELP… All 4 dermatologist I’ve seen all have different remedies
Just go to a nursery and buy a medical aloe Vera plant and use that I’ve been using it for about a month and it’s working very well I cleanse my face twice a day and put the aloe on my face with a cotton ball I use to look like I had to black eye’s but it has cleared up a lot and I used a lot of expensive products but this is the only thing that has worked for me Olivia
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:)
Try Vietnamese grocery stores, they sell as leaves for $1.49 (ish) or you can buy an actual growing plant at Lowes and Home Depot for $9.99. You can actually plant it in your backyard or garden get fresh aloe everyday.
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!!
Try virgin coconut oil 🙂 did wonders for my dry face
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.
I used aloe and it made the pigmentation darker and spread more. Should I stop?
Danielle Brown says
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.
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!!!
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
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!
Isabella Rockwood says
How long will it takes to get rid of black spot using aloe vera?
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?
I used to have really bad hyperpigmentation. Anytime I have an injury, bite, scrape, no matter what, I’m left with a mark after it heals. I was bit by something several times on my arms and I scratched them. When the bumps dried, I was left with small to medium sized marks! I looked for pure aloe vera. I started using Made from Earths Pure Aloe Vera Treatment and it worked wonders for me. Every mark, new and old that it touched, vanished. Didn’t really take long either. Keep it in the fridge after each use. Otherwise, it won’t be as effective. Good luck with your healing!
I would like to ask after using peeling cream my melasma becomes worst
..can i have a final ingredients to remove the dark spot? All I know alovera only …what is the other ingredients..? Pls help me guys I was so depressed to see my face everyday..thanks! use of seaweed powder or kelp powder? How to use ot..i was so depressed to seemyself everyday
I just started using fresh aloe due to the dark spots on my upper lip. I read one of the blogs and I too have the sun mustache! Looks very unattractive. It’s seems to get worse during the summer months. I am really hoping this will work for me.
I saw a question above that was not answered and I actually have the same question. In regards to putting the aloe gel before bedtime, if I put it all over my face does it only target the age spots or does it effect the entire face? Does it even everything out or will one part look lighter than the other? I guess I just want to know if I can put it directly all over my face overnight or only on top of the age spots. Thanks!
for me my back and tummy also have dark spots, ill try aloe vera but i use dettol soap for washing my body, is the soap classified as natural andwill it have an effect?
I av dark spot on ma face…i want to try d aloe vera gel naw…i want to knw if it bleaches the face or lightin d face or make d face darker…tanks…pls reply
Nikita Keshwani says
I recently got discoloration on my lips. After proper research on the Internet it seems like I have something called lentigo. So far I analyzed that I may have got this due to a sunburn or excess dry lips. So far I am trying to put organic Manuka honey on my lips to cure. Please let me know if fresh aloe Vera gel from the plant is really going to work to get rid of dark spots on my lips. Thank you
pritesh patil says
i m 22 yearss of college boy..
from many days i suffering from pimpless..bt now pimples are gonee…
I want to knoww…
how i reduce dark spot on my face with the help of aloevera..
Silvia Alvarez says
I love using aloe too! It’s good not just for the hair but also for acne scars!
I am an older woman, and have older scars on my body, alot of it due to hyper-pigmentation and I have suffered with it for years. Throughout the years, I have purchased alot of expensive scar removal remedies and nothing worked for me. I decided to buy the Dr Max Powers Scar Serum and I cannot believe the scars are fading and barely visible. I still need to use a little concealer, but I feel I can face the world better now. It does take some time, but is does work. If you have a new scar, use the Dr Max Scar Serum right away and it will fade fast. For older scars like mine, it may take months, but it does work. I encourage you to give it a try.
How much? Is this available here in saudi?
hi people just wanna share. In my case I have adult acne wherein my acne appears at the age of 26 up to the present. I used a lot pf method to get rid of my acne but nothing happens until a friend of mine suggested to take tea. and i tried it and i noticed that my skin getting better and the acne that appears became smaller and smaller and lesser. The tea comes with a price though because it feels like someone box your stomach and you have to go to the bathroom to get rid of the toxic that causes problems to our overall problems. Thats why all those treatment were ineffective because the real cause was never treated.Have you noticed that only a few japanese or from counties who drink tea have acne.
opps before i forgot the tea that i mentioned here is a combination of anise, peppermint, bittercourd and aloe vera.
And for geting rid of those boxcar scars i bought aloe vera capsule. I squeeze the oil put it on my face and massage. it really really works well.
I have dark pigmented area above upper lip,nose & cheeks, looks like sun mustache, Last 5 years ago ….
pls Help me : (
markhill oliveros says
when the time that I notice my face have a lots of pimples and dark spot I was starting worried and I’m starting looking for the best cure for it…when I was see this blog about the aloe vera plant I was happy because we have a lot of aloe vera in our garden.I was starting using the fresh aloe vera gel on my face day and night and it works….only aloe vera gel helps to fade my dark spot and pimples….I was thankful to this sites because its really helps to me……
Pure aloevera only? No other ingredients? Tnx
I can across this site yesterday and I am feeling so much better already.
I have had inflammatory hyperpigmentation on my face since last year (dark patches around my eyes and on my cheek bones). I went to the doctor and was given many different cream, nothing worked. I also brought bleaching creams. A friend told me about Aloe Vera yesterday and started doing some research and that’s how I came across this site. I started using Aloe Vera last night (I am hoping that I will be able to see a difference in the next two weeks or so) I will keep you posted.
Have you notice a difference yet? I just started using it today for melesma and Im really hoping it works.
Nina Pujante says
I have been a believer and user of aloe vera for a long time but I never thought of applying it to my hyperpigmentation issue. I am excited to try this and I will post the results that I get with it.
I want to share my experiences in using the aloe vera. I use it when I get burns from cooking. I had a first degree burn one time and all I did was apply the aloe vera plant after slicing it in half to my burn area. The coolness of the plant relieves me while I hold it close to my skin and I do not feel any pain but once I remove it I feel the throbbing pain. It probably took me 3 times to change the aloe vera peel because I want to have that oozing gel to go to my skin to refresh my burn. I did this for 1 hr and 30 mins until the throbbing pain was gone. When I woke up the following day, there was no trace of burn not even swelling is visible.
After 10 years of menopause, I experience a very bad falling hair that almost make me looks like balding. I tried taking Biotin but did not help. I made my own concoction. Before taking my bath, I will prepare this mixture. In a small saucer, I would put maybe a 1/2 TB of apple cider vinegar, and slice the aloe vera plant about 1 inch in size and cut it in half with the gel side facing the bottom of the saucer, scrape off the gel to mix with the vinegar. After towel drying your shampoo, apply the concoction into your scalp with Qtips and massage your head with your fingertips. Do not wash your hair. Let it dry and you will notice the softness of your hair, the best conditioner you ever had. The smell of the vinegar would not even bother you. My husband says, it smells like apple. Do it everyday if you could for best results. My falling hair was lessened.
beatriz huo says
Hi… I had acne my skin was full of dark spots and pimples.. I started to use aloe vera and my skin is looking wonderfull clean and brighter… I advice to use aloe vera is like magic cure.. Kiss
I’ve been using aloe vera and honey mixture on my face but am wondering if it bleaches the face. Does it?
i use aloe vera gel directly from plant every morning . it looks like working so far .
Aloe vera should not be used in morning/ in sunlight it is preffrd to apply it before going to bed or apply it for 3o mins at night thn wash ur face.
one month ago,suddenly some brown spot appeared in my face.i used castor oil in spot.bt there was no change .what can i do to fade those spot
lucky aAmos says
I started using aloe on my skin its getting lighter .
i m havng jst 1 dark spot on my face …it looks like horrible ..m fed up.with this spot ….n every1 says me dis dark.will.go.bt it will leave a hole on ur face …i m really worried …plzzz tell me smthng wht shld i applied on tht
I’ve been slacking off but,vim going to start using aloe vera religiously. I’ll keep you posted.
Hi, I have blemishes on my face from 1 year and I m pregnant now..from 10 days I m using super fade.Is it good to use or not.and pls tell me how to use aloe Vera on my face
It works very well to my age spots!
I’m karishama I have dark black spot on my cheeks due to pimples can it remove from aloevera
Out of nowhere I had a horrible break out on my cheeks, it was just pimples and now it seems like the pimples are gone and I’m left with a patch of hyper-pigmentation, it’s so ugly. I think I’d rather have pimples than all of this discoloration. I just started applying the aloe vera straight from the plant on my cheeks, hope it works! This article was very helpful and gives me hope.
I have sun spits all over my arms chest and legs. It has caused so much distress for me over the years. My skin burns easil then peels. I used fresh aloe vera on severe sunburn once. It wirjed so well. The following day the burn had dramatically lessened and I didn’t peel I’m trying this for sure.
Robert Jones says
I made things very easy for myself when trying to eliminate Melasma spots from my face….I took fresh cut aloe, then took a small section of fesh lemon…….squeezed the lemon juice in drops to cover the surface of the exposed aloe gel….applied in a gentle message using the aloe slice as the applicator….messaged the spots gently for 20-30 seconds, then let air dry…..the skin will feel slightly tighter after the aloe/lemon mixture dries…..leave on all night, rinse and shampoo as normal…..very nice results after several days…..the gentle message will allow the mixture to penetrate to the lower levels ans there will be a slight sting as the lemon juice is working…lemon is a natural lightening agent and the aloe gives it a nice medium to be spread with while soothing at the same time
Dark spots on my forehead and my upper lip has been a huge challenge to me for many years. tried several prescriptions but nothing worked out. Am happy i stumbled unto this blog, i have already called a friend to keep some aloe Vera plant for me to grow it in my garden, am starting the treatment tonight, am already very excited. thanks a million times guys. i’ll keep you all posted on my progress.
I broke out really bad on my cheeks and in place a lot of dark spots were left behind. My mom recommended Aloe and I researched it and decided to give it a try. I’ve only been using it for three days and I already see positive results. I cleanse my face when I wake up. Before going to bed I wash it again and use a real Aloe plant and put the gel all over my face.
I have a lot of dark spots on my face because of acne, can’t wait to start this aloe treatment. I hope it works.
I’m sorry to say it’s not working for me. I have hyperpigmentation on both sides of my face. I’m on day 14 and see absolutely no changes. I’ve applied the gel directly from my organic aloe vera plant every single night all over my face (except eyelids and lips), at least 30 minutes before going to bed, and I’ve rinsed it off with tepid water the next morning. I plan to continue to the 21st day because by some miracle my face may clear up on the 21st day (smile). I hope to be back with the results in a week.
I last posted on September 10, 2017 and wrote that I’d try to post again on 9/17/17. There’s been no improvement at all since I last posted. I continued the treatment, as I described it in my previous post, until 9/13/17. I stopped a few days early because I saw no changes at all, and didn’t expect a few more days for a total of 21 days would make any difference. So there you have it folks. But as they say everyone is uniquely made and it may work for someone, somewhere.
Read on some other website that the aloe plant must be at least 3 years old to extract the gel. I have a potted plant at home which is about a year old.. Agreed that the stems are not very thick.. but there is gel in it…So just wanted to know if only a mature plant gel has the ability to lighten the scars or could I use the gel from my 1 year old plant? Thanks..
Can i use aloe vera for pigmented lips
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Cynthia Maganji says
Hello ,I have been with dark spot all over my face .I came across this blog and was interested in trying out this new remedy on my face.I used fresh aloe Vera gel twice a day on my face for as long time not necessarily for 30 minutes.There was gradual chance on my face and the dark spots are reducing day by day.Actually seeing this changes on my face am hopeful that I will get back my glowing and dark spot free face ones again.Its my Third week using it and am staying dedicated to the plant.I have made it my daily routine and after a month will post back my results.Guys it works just focus on the usage everyday .You will be just like me posting this.Thanks guys for letting me discover aloe plant gel for this treatment.