PIH is an acronym used for post inflammatory hyperpigmentation which means “darkening or discoloration of skin after inflammation”. PIH spots are darker than the surrounding skin tissue and may vary in color from pink to red, purple, brown or black. PIH occurs due to overproduction of melanin or pigment. This problem is also called as “melasma”. Melanin is the skin coloring agent that is responsible for imparting complexion to skin. However, overproduction of melanin in certain areas leads to PIH. Acne spots are the main reason of PIH. PIH type occurs due to skin injury, hormonal imbalances, diet, burns, acne, blisters or some skin problems become dark with the passage of time. It usually takes the time to cure as the skin takes the passage of time to heal and regenerate. If you have uneven skin tone or patches on your skin, you might be suffering from hyperpigmentation. I know it’s quite annoying to have dark patches on the skin which can lead to lowering your self-confidence and you may feel uncomfortable and awful.
There are many ways to get rid of PIH like laser treatments, chemical peels, physical exfoliation or skin lightening creams but why to use harmful and expensive methods when you can help yourself with some amazing ways to cure PIH at home. It is more beneficial for skin as it heals the skin naturally and will suit your pocket as well.
Home remedies to treat PIH at home:
1. Turmeric, Gram Flour and Goodness of milk
Turmeric is known for its medicinal properties as it treats inflammation, skin disorders, acne, and wounds very well. It contains a yellow pigment curcumin which inhibits enzyme related to inflammation. It is very effective in curing marks and lightens the darker spots. All you need to do is talk half tbsp of turmeric powder, one tbsp gram flour, few drops of almond oil and milk to moisturize the skin. Mix all the ingredients well and apply it on the face. Wash it off with lukewarm water. It will lighten the stubborn pigment marks and make your fairer.
2. Aloe Vera plus Vitamin E
Aloe Vera as per me is a miraculous plant as you can use it to treat your skin, hair or body. Aloe vera has antibacterial properties and prohibits acne on skin moreover exfoliates skin. You can use Aloe Vera plant extract or Aloe Vera gel is easily available in the market. To make it more beneficial add vitamin E oil in Aloe Vera gel and apply it on the face and keep it for 15minutes. You can apply aloe gel before going to bed as well as it works as a toner to reduce the dark spots and makes your skin glow and gleam.
3. Use cucumber juice, honey, and lemon juice combination
Lemon juice is natural bleach and lightens the spots on the skin, honey works as a natural moisturizer and Cucumber juice works wonders in removing skin pigmentation and fading blemishes. The combination of these ingredients can help you get rid of those nasty spots and pigmentation. Mix all the three ingredients together in equal proportions and apply it on your face. Wash it after it dries and applies coconut oil to moisten the skin.
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4. Castor oil
Castor oil is again one the best remedy to fight hyperpigmentation. It has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that reduce acne due to PIH and reduces the overproduction and accumulation of melanin. Apply castor oil on the body after the bath and before going to bed and see the magical results yourself.