Aloe Vera – A Natural Remedy for Lightening Skin


Aloe Vera has proven to be an effective treatment for a variety of conditions and illnesses. In recent health news, aloe vera has expanded its influence as it has been noted as an effective natural remedy for lightening skin, among some other household items.

Darkened skin, or hyperpigmentation, is a problem plaguing many. It is usually harmless and is caused by an excess production of melanin, the pigment responsible for producing color in the eyes, hair and skin. Perhaps the most common cause for hyperpigmentation is sun exposure. As such, it is most often found on the face and back of the hands, as well as other areas that are exposed to the sun. Hyperpigmentation is also associated with aging. As the body ages, the production of melanin becomes less controlled and darkened skin- or “liver spots” may form. Darkened skin may also appear during pregnancy, termed Melasma, as a result of hormonal changes in the body. Darkened skin can also be caused by inflammation and skin injuries (such as acne). While the majority of the causes for darkened skin are benign, hyperpigmentation can also be associated with a number of diseases and conditions, including Addison’s disease, Cushing’s disease, and Mercury poisoning to name a few.

Hyperpigmentation can be treated using prescription creams containing bleach to fade the dark patches of skin. Laser treatments are also available, though they may not be effective in all cases (in fact, in some cases laser treatments may make things worse).

For those of you averse to using bleach as part of your daily skin care routine, there is good news! Nutrition and Diet news has suggested using household items, such as Aloe Vera, as a natural remedy for lightening skin. For best results, apply the aloe vera to the darkened patches of skin twice daily for a minimum of 14 days. Other household products you can use include milk, watercress herb, potatoes, sodium tetraborate, fresh lemon extract, apricot and tomato.

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