Completely flawless skin is an illusion. Actually, we all know that. But if impurities or too much sun leave little souvenirs on our skin in the form of brown spots, that can eat away at our self-confidence. In this article I will tell you which powerful natural ingredients you can use to remove pigment spots on your face and prevent them from forming. Plus: 5 effective tips for supporting even skin from the inside and my verdict on popular home remedies for pigment spots.
Remove pigment spots on the face naturally: 5 effective tips for even skin
Remove pigment spots on the face – this is how it works naturally!
Before we get started, a few important facts. There are two main reasons why pigment changes occur on the skin:
- Sun rays (more precisely UV radiation)
- and inflammation or injury to the skin.
Both can influence the formation of melanin in our body. Melanins are the body's own color pigments that are responsible for the color of our skin and hair. If our body produces too many of them in one place, it shows up on the skin in the form of small, brown-black spots, so-called pigment spots or age spots.
With this little background, we now go straight from theory into practice - or better: into the phenomenal world of active ingredients in nature. It has a few effective power ingredients in stock for a uniform skin tone . The good news is that laser treatment is not the only way to get pigmentation spots removed. With the right active ingredients, you can remove pigment spots in a completely natural way and prevent pigment changes.
These natural active ingredients help against pigment spots
Vitamin C – the antioxidant skincare superstar
Vitamin C is one of the ingredients that deserves a permanent place in every skin care routine. It has a brightening, cell-protecting effect and is important for collagen formation in the skin (slow-aging, anyone?). Its effect against skin discoloration is based on the following mechanism: Vitamin C inhibits the enzyme tyrosinase, which is needed for melanin production 1 .
And less melanin means – exactly, fewer brown spots. The appearance of existing hyperpigmentation is reduced, so that at the same time as pigment spots are removed, the emergence of new discolorations is effectively prevented.
If you would like to benefit from the benefits of vitamin C against pigment spots , we recommend the Vitamin C Booster from Pai Skincare. By the way, it is also ideal in combination with the FIVE products . More on that below.
Sea buckthorn pulp oil – the bright orange glow getter
Sea buckthorn pulp oil contains particularly high levels of the valuable palmitoleic acid 2 . And this is one of the best-kept beauty secrets for an even skin tone 3 and rapid wound healing 4 . This rare unsaturated omega-7 fatty acid influences the formation of pigment cells, so you can successfully remove pigment spots with the active ingredient. Because it ensures that less melanin is produced in the skin, palmitoleic acid is an effective, natural active ingredient against hyperpigmentation .
By the way: Due to their unique composition, the small, orange berries of the sea buckthorn plant are considered to be one of the fruits with the most nutrients and vitamins 5 . The oil pressed from them is full of bioactive substances such as phytosterols and carotenoids - the latter give it its bright color and antioxidant superpowers. Carotenoids have a cell-protective effect and protect the skin from oxidative stress 6 .
🧡 Your ideal companion for pigment spots : Our FIVE facial oil regeneration is formulated with precious sea buckthorn pulp oil. The lipids it contains also strengthen the skin barrier and thus have a regulating effect on the skin's moisture balance.
Wild rose oil – the noble skin care hero
Wild rose oil is another natural active oil that can remove or visibly reduce pigment spots on the face when used over the long term. Its brightening properties are due to its high α-linolenic acid content. Studies show that this tri-unsaturated fatty acid inhibits melanin formation while stimulating cell renewal 7 .
So you can be doubly happy: existing pigment spots are visibly reduced and the formation of new discolorations is effectively prevented. The complexion appears brightened, pure and even.
And there is also a beauty benefit. Dark red, cold-pressed wild rose oil may contain traces of alltrans retinoic acid. This form of vitamin A is also known as tretinoin and is one of the most popular active ingredients for cell renewal, refined skin and a youthful complexion.
We recommend the Rosehip Oil from Pai Skincare. Make sure to only use the oil in the evening as it can increase the skin's sensitivity to light.
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Remove pigment spots on the face: The 1-2-3 care routine!
If you want to reduce your pigment spots , we recommend the following care program:
In the morning
Skinfood: 5 tips for even skin from the inside
Admittedly, the fact that what we eat has an impact on our skin health is actually nothing new. But now the breaking news: Did you know that with the right diet you can ensure good melanin distribution in the body? I'll tell you now how it works.
1. Carotenoids prevent pigment spots.
Carotenoids are naturally occurring pigments. They give color to orange, red and yellow fruits and vegetables. Their special feature: They have an antioxidant effect and protect the skin from cell damage caused by UV rays . And they're pretty effective (even if they don't replace sunscreen). Studies show that those who eat foods rich in carotenoids are better protected against sun damage 6 .
- and grapefruit
Why sun protection is important for preventing and removing pigment spots ? UV rays are the main cause of hyperpigmentation because sunlight stimulates melanin production. You probably know this: pigment spots usually appear on the face or hands - in areas that are often exposed to the sun.
2. Lycopene has a cell-protecting effect.
We'll stick with carotenoids because lycopene is the most potent of them. Lycopene accumulates in the skin and develops its effect there when it is needed: It effectively protects the skin from cell damage caused by sunlight, prevents premature skin aging and promotes skin regeneration. Perfect conditions for removing and reducing pigment spots .
By the way, you can easily get your daily dose of lycopene: with a tablespoon of tomato paste and a little olive oil. Really true: The effectiveness of this mixture on acute and long-term sun damage has even been scientifically proven. More about this under Superfood Tomato Paste – Slow-Aging for the Skin .
3. Vitamin C brightens from within.
Yes, this vitamin can also develop its effect against unwanted skin discoloration from the inside and remove or at least reduce pigment spots in the long term. At the same time, you also pamper your skin with the other benefits of this popular beauty vitamin. Vitamin C regulates the production of skin oil in the sebaceous glands, has an anti-inflammatory effect and protects against premature skin aging thanks to its antioxidant power.
These foods are good sources of vitamin C:
4. Healthy fatty acids support skin regeneration.
I already mentioned it briefly above: In addition to too much sun, inflammation and injuries to the skin are among the main factors in the development of hyperpigmentation . You may know this if you suffer from acne and pimples regularly leave dark discoloration on your skin.
If this is the case, incorporate omega-3 fatty acids into your diet to remove the pigment spots. Good vegan sources include walnuts, hemp seeds and chia seeds. Because omega-3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect and lay the foundation for healthy cell regeneration, they can prevent acne and impurities. For you, this means: clear skin without annoying pimple marks. You can read about what Omega-3 has in store for your skin atBeautiful skin thanks to Omega-3: Is it also possible vegan? .
5. Lutein ensures an even skin tone.
Lutein is another carotenoid (of which there are around 800) whose whitening properties have been proven in studies 8 . Lutein blocks an enzyme that is needed for melanin formation. At the same time, it protects cells from damage caused by free radicals.
If you consume lutein through your diet, it begins to work in the skin “from below”, so to speak. Good for you because: The pigment spots on the face are combated in depth and the complexion is visibly brightened 8 .
These foods contain lutein:
Interim conclusion: You can prevent pigment spots on your face with a healthy diet!
If you eat a colorful and vitamin-rich diet, you are laying the foundation for healthy skin without discoloration . Incorporate fruits and vegetables, healthy fats and nuts into your diet. In this way, you provide your skin with powerful antioxidants, help it build up protection against UV damage and can effectively prevent the development of pigment spots. With the right precautions, you can prevent the complex process of removing pigment spots in the long term.
Good to know: There are also nutritional supplements that extend protection from within. I would advise against this. My recommendation: Try making a few small changes to your diet and you will see - the positive effect of fresh, natural foods on skin, hair (and soul!) is simply unbeatable.
Home remedies to remove pigment spots: What really helps?
You can find some tips on the internet on how to effectively remove pigment spots using simple home remedies . But be careful – not everything that glitters is gold here. Let's bring light into the darkness.
- lemon juice and apple cider vinegar. Lemon juice contains about 5% citric acid, apple cider vinegar about the same amount of acetic acid. The fact is: Both acids can lighten hyperpigmentation. But it is also a fact: Irritation can occur - or the lightening only works in places and your skin will appear blotchy afterwards than before. My verdict: Better not. And if you really want to try it out, just to be on the safe side, limit yourself to the back of your hand.
- Papaya. Papayas contain the enzyme papain. And that is a real skincare miracle. Papain has an exfoliating effect as it removes dead cells from the surface of the skin. Studies show that papain can partially remove pigmentation and stimulate skin renewal 9 . There is still a small drawback - papain is mainly contained in the seeds and the green peel of the papaya. You can use the pulp of a ripe papaya as a refreshing mask, but you won't benefit from the effects of papain in this way. My verdict: The mask with papaya pulp advertised in many beauty blogs is only partially suitable for removing pigment spots!
- Potatoes . From tropical papayas back to home. Our native potato is also a popular home remedy for removing pigment spots. It contains brightening vitamin C and is said to have a mattifying effect thanks to the starch it contains. The application is easy. Simply grate a fresh, raw potato and leave it on your cleansed face for a few minutes. My verdict: The potato mask is worth a try. But you shouldn't expect miracles. Scientific studies on their effectiveness against hyperpigmentation are still pending.
What else you can do against pigment spots!
- Chemical fruit acid peels: These include AHA, PHA and BHA acids. Low-dose products for self-application remove the superficial layers of skin on which the pigment spots are located. It is therefore less suitable for deeper discolorations. Fruit acid peels also increase sensitivity to light, so adequate sun protection afterwards is an absolute must to prevent new pigment spots. Highly concentrated fruit acid peels are used in dermatological practice. The skin is red for some time after a chemical peel. Once it has completely healed, you can hope that the pigment spots don't come back.
- Laser treatment : If the pigment spots on the face are deeper, it is possible to have laser therapy carried out. The pigment cells are destroyed by the focused laser beam. After the treatment, your facial skin will be very sensitive for a few days. And be careful: sun protection is absolutely essential after pigment spot lasering and peeling. Specialists therefore usually recommend carrying out such treatments in winter.
- Retinol: It goes without saying that this skin care miracle cannot be missing from the list for removing pigment spots. Retinol is a form of vitamin A that provides a powerful boost to your skin's cell regeneration and renewal. The accelerated skin regeneration brings new cells to light, your skin appears even, smooth and plumped up. The small disadvantage: Retinol also makes the skin more sensitive to UV radiation. This can promote the development of new pigment spots. The same applies here – either use it in the cold season or make sure you have sufficient sun protection!
Conclusion: Removing pigment spots can also be done using natural means!
You see, nature offers us a whole range of powerful active ingredients for your care routine that can be used to remove pigment spots and effectively reduce discoloration on the face - from the inside and out! If you pamper your skin every day with valuable, brightening facial oils such as wild rose oil and sea buckthorn pulp oil and eat a balanced diet, you will create the best conditions for an even, uniform complexion in the long term.
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