Hello and welcome to the second part of Hypo & Hyperpigmentation skin condition in the healthy skin series. Here is the first part HYPERPIGMENTATION & HYPOPIGMENTATION SKIN CONDITION! ( part 1)Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is a darker or blotchy patch that remains after a skin trauma or disease such as rashes, contact dermatitis, burn allergic responses, injury, acne, and infections have resolved. PIH is caused when the inflammation process alters the function of the immune cells and the melanocytes in the injured cells so that excess melanin is dispersed.African, Asian and other skin types with deep melanin are more prone to PIH. In time with healthy cell turnover, PIH spots will fade on their own.fullsizeoutput_2a7aAge spots or liver spots are and brown or blackish, and generally, they are larger than a freckle. these spots are most often on the face, arms, hands, chest, and back.Dermatologists consider age spots to be a cosmetic issue that occurs as part of the aging process, but medical researchers may now be established that these spots are a skin-surface indicator of a deeper issue called lipofuscin accumulation. Lipofuscin is a type of cellular waste that causes metabolic damage in the cell and slowly drains away cellular vitality. It is composed of brown pigment, oxidized proteins, lipids, and metal; iron, copper, zinc, aluminum, and manganese. Lipofuscin is also found in the liver, kidneys, heart, nerve cells, brain, and adrenal gland, where it fuels a cascade of age-related disease and health issues. AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE ON ACNE!Age spots are often confused with solar lentigines, which are accumulations of melanocytes ( in lieu of melanin, as with freckles) in a small group of cells.The sun is blamed for many skin issues including and not limited to melasma and age spots. We do not want to be burned by the sun, remember that well-nourished skin has a healthy response to sunlight, and “ sun damage” may also be the result of malnutrition like processed omega-6 fat and trans fats which can be found in every processed food. Organic healthy fats and essential fatty acids on and in the skin are desperately needed to amplify the benefits of the sun’s rays and to drive that Vitamin D in. Water intake and colorful meals, fantastic fat, paleo proteins, tree-ripened fruit are the few first steps toward properly functioning melanocytes, reducing low-level inflammation. Free radicals pillage DNA, organs, blood vessels, and immunity and make the skin susceptible to UV damage as the sun ignites these internal chain reactions.fullsizeoutput_2a79Key ingredients in treating hyperpigmentation:Key ingredients should help regulate melanin production, which include antioxidants; these can help reduce the free radical that stimulate melanocyte activity. Such ingredients include but not limited to:Green tea is rich in polyphenols that have effects like reducing inflammation, it is about 30 percent polyphenols by weight, including large amounts of catechin called EGCG. Catechins are natural antioxidants that help prevent cell damage and provide other benefits. These substances can reduce the formation of free radicals in the body, protecting cells and molecules from damage. These free radicals are known to play a role in aging and all sorts of diseases.Vitamins E.  lives in and protects cell membranes, which form a barrier around cells to keep them healthy and hydrated, it indirectly helps skin stay moisturized and supple. Plus, along with being an effective antioxidant, vitamin E also fights inflammation; Scavenging free radicals, vitamin E also absorbs UVB light. Research shows that vitamin E together with vitamin C may increase the amount of time it takes SPF-free skin to burn, so it has a protective effect.Vitamin C. is said tog boosts your skin’s collagen production to give you firmer, more plump skin and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. The antioxidant properties of vitamin C help fight free radicals and damage caused by UV radiationAnti-inflammatory and soothing ingredients are also essential in order to reduce potential skin irritation, which also aggravates melanin production.Exfoliating ingredientsNB: Scrubbing will never fade a skin spot. Vigorous exfoliation scours the skin’s topmost protective layer, and when the top coat is jeopardized, toxins and exposures irritate the underlying, emergent kin and induce inflammatory issues. The skin is more prone to pigmenting when it is irritated, inflamed and unprotected.With pigmentation, Alcohol is a big no as it is one of the mean culprits. It dries and shrinks skin cells, furthering free-radical damage that contributes to skin spots and blotches. Also avoid all topical products containing alcohol such as but not limited to methanol, benzyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, ethyl alcohol etc.Essential oil are superheroes for hyperpigmented skin, my personal favorites are:

  • Frankincense is Astringent said to Help protect and repair skin cells, reduce Acne Prevents Wrinkles Lifts and Tightens Skin.
  • Myrrh is said to reduce inflammation, stimulate the immune system, alleviate pain, and promote wound healing.
  • Sandalwood has the ability to act as a natural astringent, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and expectorant.

NB: Always dilute essentail oil in a carrier oil before use.Super supplements: magnesium, Vitamin C & E. Vitamins B3 and B12  may help lower inflammation and clear out the lipofuscin hyperpigmentation.PS: A full post about my healthy skin journey is coming very soon. Thanks for stopping by.Love & Light!Nafsi Botanical    

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