Hyperpigmentation: What is it, and How Can I Treat it?

Hyperpigmentation is a skin disorder where certain  areas of skin become dark and patchy. It is caused by over active melanocytes. These cells are the cells in the skin that produce pigment. But when they are over stimulated, they create too much pigment causing this condition. It can also be caused by a proliferation of the melanocytes themselves. This condition may also be a symptom of a larger disease process.

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH)

This occurs following skin injury from acne lesions, psoriasis, burns, friction and even certain professional skin care treatments. It begins to fade as the skin regenerates itself—a process that can take months or more. On the positive side, PIH generally responds well to treatment.


These are commonly known as liver spots or age spots. Although they do become more prevalent with age—they are found on 90% of light-skinned individuals over the age of 601—they are not directly caused by the aging process. Rather, lentigines are related to UV exposure.


This is caused by hormonal fluctuations, common, for example, during pregnancy, with thyroid dysfunction, and through use of birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy. It affects an estimated five to six million women in the United States alone and can often be difficult to treat.

Natural Home Remedies for Hyperpigmentation

Milk and Honey

Apply this pasty mixture on the area of hyperpigmentation. This is considered on of the most effective natural remedies for hyperpigmentation.

Vitamin E

Massage Vitamin E oil to your skin or take Vitamin E supplements.


Yum! Mash the avocado to smooth paste and apply on affected areas.


Soak some almonds overnight and make to a paste with milk. Apply on your face. Leave it on for awhile and then rinse off. You can also eat almonds which are a good source of Vitamin E.

Aloe Vera Gel

Apply Aloe Vera Gel on the affected areas for a clearer skin.