Melanin Pigment is responsible for giving a dark(black) complexion to your skin. Quantity of melanin in your skin controls your skin complexion. Excessive or over production of melanin pigment results in dark complexion.People with fair skin when start producing more melanin, their skin becomes dark.
Causes of Excessive Melanin Production
- Hyper Pigmentation
- Over Exposure To Sun
- Skin disorders
- Vitamin deficiency
- Adrenal disorder
- Liver disorder
- Hormonal changes
An adequate amount of melanin pigment is good for our skin to protect from harmful effects of UV Sun rays but over production may turn your fair skin into dark one. However you can get back your fairer skin by reversing the production of melanin simply by following some natural remedies which are given below:
Best Natural Tips To Reduce Skin Melanin
1. Vitamin A Rich Foods
Vitamin A’s synthetic form, Retin-A is used widely for exfoliating the hyperpigmented dead skin cells and promoting production of new cells. Try to eat foods rich in Vitamin A. Dark green and yellow vegetables and yellow fruits, such as broccoli spinach, turnip greens, carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, cantaloupe, and apricots are good sources of Vitamin A. Milk, butter, cheese, and whole eggs are also good sources of Vitamin A.
2. Vitamin C Rich Foods
Vitamin C is classified as a tyrosinase inhibitor and naturally decreases production of skin melanin.Oranges, tangerines, limes, guava, lemons, papayas, strawberries, black currants, grapefruit and mangoes are excellent sources of Vitamin C. Many vegetables contain Vitamin C including collard greens, green and red peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, brussel sprouts, cabbage, potatoes, kale, spinach(palak), and watercress. To preserve more of the Vitamin C content, eat these fruits and vegetables raw or only slightly cooked. Steam and exposure to light break down this vitamin
3. Vitamin E Rich Foods
Vitamin E cannot reduce melanin production directly, but is effective in reducing the hyperpigmentation caused by overproduction of melanin. Sweet potatoes, mangoes, butter, margarine, eggs, wheat germ oil, yams, spinach, broccoli, corn, avocados, fortified cereals are good sources of Vitamin E.
4. Avoid Harmful UV Rays
First of all you need to avoid direct exposure to sun rays which is the main reason for over production of melanin. Try to wear clothes that cover your neck, arms and legs and wear shoes covering your feet while going out in the sun. It is also advisable to wear gloves, hats and sunglasses for protecting the face from UV rays.
5. Apply good Sunscreen Lotion
Before going out don't forget to apply a good sunscreen lotion. Apply a sunscreen that has a sun protection factor (SPF) to all parts of your body that will be exposed to the sun if you are outdoors. This can include your face, ears, neck, hands and other uncovered areas.
Best Home Remedies To lighten Melanin Spots
Make a mixture of sandalwood and Rose water and apply this on dark melanin areas. As you know excessive quantity of Melanin Pigment give your skin dark complexion and its Production increase by heating effects but a daily application of this mixture cools your skin, reduces melanin production and brings back your fair skin.
2. Almond Paste
Soak 4-5 almonds overnight. In the morning remove their skin and grind them fine. Make a paste by adding one Teaspoon of milk. Apply this paste on melanin dark spots.This paste works wonderfully in fading them and helps a lot to get back fair complexion.
3. Oatmeal,Curd and Tomato Juice
Mix oatmeal with curd and tomato juice and apply on the face. Keep it on for 20 minutes and then wash it off with cold water. It helps to remove the sun tan and lightens the melanin spots.
4. Honey and Sour Cream
Take 1 tablespoon of honey and 2 tablespoons of sour cream. Apply this mixture to your face and allow it to sit for at least 15-20 minutes then clean it with soft and moist cloth and finally wash off with fresh water.
5. Mint Leaves Paste
Grind a few mint leaves and mix them with water to form a paste. Apply the paste to the melanin spots on your skin. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse it off to help reduce dark pigmentation.
Sometimes excessive production of melanin may be a sign of an other medical condition. Therefore, first of all you must consult your problem with a Medical Doctor or Dermatologist and diagnose the exact cause for excessive production of melanin. If the excessive production of melanin is not caused by any disease or hormonal imbalance and the exact cause is "Over exposure to UV Sun rays" then to reduce Melanin production, according to your skin type, you can go with any of above remedies, that really works for your skin.