A number of different conditions can cause uneven skin tone, these can include: UV rays, age, illness, hyper-pigmentation, hormones, hereditary conditions and scarring.
Melanin gives our skin and hair its coloring and if there is an interruption of the production of melanin, or if there’s an overproduction, then uneven skin tone is the result. The world of cosmetics has given us products that can treat uneven skin tone, and balance out the skin’s appearance.
A large number of these treatments contain different ingredients that can successfully even out skin coloring. Some of these active ingredients include alpha-hydroxy acid, hydroquinone, tretinoin, glycolic acid, lactic acid, azelaic acid and kojic acid. These chemical ingredients are all designed to effect the dermis skin layers to exfoliate or penetrate and heal skin cells. When they are used, sometimes in combination with each other, a more glowing, healthier skin is produced.
- Because of the concern over health issues associated with chemical skin balancing, most consumers opt for a more natural approach.
Several uneven skin treatments also include extracts from fruits that lighten and heal naturally. These fruit extracts can include cranberry, bear berry, mulberry, lemon, kiwi, papaya and oranges. Ingredients commonly used in skin creams are synerlight, sulforawhite, tyrostat, pearl powder, niacinamide, Vitamin C and licorice root extract.
Other options include laser treatment, and a technique known as microdermabrasion, normally carried out by a dermatologist, involving a special hand held device that is rubbed over the skin’s surface.
One method requires massaging olive oil onto the skin, followed by placing a hot washcloth on the skin until it cools, then wipe off the oil. The skin cells have been softened and this is a perfect time to exfoliate the loosened cells.
Take some baking soda or oatmeal with honey and make a mild abrasive scrub from it, massage it into the skin, then rinse off.
Take lemon juice and soak some cotton pads with it. Place the pads on the uneven skin and leave them there for about 15 minutes, then dry the skin.
Natural ingredients like olive oil are antioxidants which neutralize damaged skin and lemon juice is filled with the healing properties of Vitamin C and has been proven to reduce pores, lighten skin and erase scarring.
Exfoliation is a good way to improve the skin’s appearance. By exfoliating the dead skin cells from the top layer, the skin underneath is revealed in its normal even state. Natural creams can also achieve an exfoliation reaction with their enzymes which break apart damaged skin cells.
Always drink lots of water to keep the skin hydrated. Keeping the skin moisturized daily goes along way in retaining a healthier looking skin.