What are dark spots?
Although often used interchangeably, dark spots are not the same as acne scars. Acne scars tend to be caused by trauma to the skin in the form of picking, scratching, or popping active acne on the skin. Dark spots tend to reside on the surface of the skin, while acne scars are more deep-seated. Dark spots are also not as damaging to the skin like acne scars since they can be treated faster. PIH of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is the light or brown spots left on the skin’s surface after mild to moderate acne resides, and is more common in melanated skin like Indian skin.
How to treat dark spots?
There are many ways to treat such dark spots, but perhaps the safest and most effective method is through Ayurveda. Multiple ingredients in ayurvedic scripture have been shown to heal the skin, supply it with antioxidants, and improve skin cell turnover. This results in more supple and healthy-looking skin, well into adulthood. The following ayurvedic ingredients are superb at treating dark spots.
1. Turmeric: Not only does turmeric naturally brighten the skin but it also reduces pigmentation. It improves the speed at which skin cells get renewed on the surface of the skin. It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory ingredient so it helps fight free radical damage while calming any red or irritated skin. Turmeric is known to reduce the appearance of dark spots by gently exfoliating the surface of the skin, so it can be applied all over the face, or in areas, you want to target.
2. Manjistha: Manjistha is a popular herb well-utilised in Ayurvedic medicine and known for its skin benefits. It treats the skin from within since it is known to purify the blood from impurities. The acidic taste with hints of both sweetness and bitterness is effective at pacifying pitta skin. Manjistha supports healthy and younger-looking skin. When combined with anti-inflammatory ingredients like honey, manjistha treats dark spots while supplying the skin with essential nutrients.
3. Kesar: Kesar, also known as saffron, is excellent for fading dark spots. It supplies the skin with antioxidants, gently exfoliates the skin surface, and is packed with nutrients that keep the skin barrier healthy. You can easily find Kesar in ayurvedic remedies like the Auravedic Kumkumadi Oil to fade dark spots since it also improves the texture of one’s skin.
4. Sandalwood: Sandalwood is an effective skin exfoliant. It works well in combination with other ingredients like manjistha, honey, and even buttermilk since a little sandalwood extract goes a long way when it comes to fading hyperpigmentation. Try using sandalwood as a paste or combine it with turmeric for a boosted effect on fading dark spots. This mixture can be used twice a day as a spot treatment.
To sum up, many ayurvedic ingredients are combined to create skin-friendly remedies for dark spots. Based on an evaluation of your body humour, your skin can fall under any predominant one of the three ayurvedic types. Ayurvedic remedies target your skin concerns based on this personality making these treatments completely natural and effective.