Pigmentation is a common skin problem that affects a good percentage of people.  The good news is that it is possible to solve this skin problem without necessarily having a laser treatment. Prior to getting started with the home remedies for pigmentation, you need to understand the causes of pigmentations and the types of pigmentation. There are two types of pigmentations; hypopigmentation and hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation also known as melasma is a condition whereby the melanin production is high causing brown or tan spots on the skin. On the other hand hypopigmentation also known as vitiligo is a condition whereby the melanin production is low thus lighter patches appear on the skin.

Causes of Skin Pigmentation

There are many causes of skin pigmentation; however, there are some common causes of skin pigmentation. Here are some of the causes of skin pigmentation.

Jaundice and cyanosis

Jaundice and cyanosis are some of the common diseases that cause skin pigmentation. In jaundice, the skin forms yellowish spots while in cyanosis the skin changes to bluish/black due to insufficient supply of oxygen in the blood.


Some medications can cause skin pigmentation if they are not taken in the right way. If you are taking some medications and your skin has started having patches or a change in color, it might be an indication of the side effects of the medicine. It is advisable you discontinue using the drugs and consult your doctor.


Heat is one of the most common causes of skin pigmentation in most people. The sun is a great source of vitamin D and it feels so good to bask in the sun; however too much exposure to the ultra violet rays of the sun can affect the melanocytes in your skin thus resulting to skin pigmentation.

Emotional constraint

In this harsh economical times, stress seems to be almost inevitable; nevertheless, extreme emotional stress could cause health issues such as skin pigmentation since the cells are unable to produce melanin.


A wound or cut on the skin can cause skin pigmentation after the wound has healed. Most people refer to this kind of skin pigmentation as a scar. Scars are a form of skin pigmentation that makes your skin look dull.

Laser treatment is one way to get rid of the ugly skin patches on your skin; nevertheless, there are other easy ways to get rid of skin pigmentation without having to spend so much money. Here are some home remedies for skin pigmentations that are readily available at home and are effective in getting rid of skin pigmentation.

  1. Lemon

Lemon contains bleaching properties that help fade away the dark marks caused by skin pigmentation. For effective results, squeeze a lemon to get some lemon juice and add 1 teaspoon of honey to the lemon extract. Apply the mixture on the part of your skin that has pigmentation patches. Honey help to moisturize and sooth the skin thus giving you a clear, flawless skin complexion.

  1. Cucumber

Cucumber helps in reducing skin pigmentations such as fading, freckles and blemishes. To make this more effective, combine cucumber juice, 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and apply the mixture on the affected areas on your skin.

  1. Tomato, Oatmeal and Yogurt

Tomato is not only a nutritious vegetable but it is also a great natural home remedy for skin pigmentation. Tomatoes contain bleaching properties that can easily help fade the dark spots on your skin. Oatmeal helps to scrub the dead cells on the skin thus opening your pores to give you a healthy and flawless skin. Apply the mixture of oatmeal, yogurt and tomato and apply it on the affected area. Leave it on the skin for about 20 minutes and rinse your skin with warm water.

  1. Avocados

Avocados are rich in Vitamins A, E and C which provide your skin with the necessary nutrients to keep it healthy and glowing. Avocados contain natural oils that penetrate deep into the skin thus moisturizing your skin and getting rid of every blemish and spots that occur in skin pigmentation. Mash a piece of avocado and apply the mashed fruit on the affected area.

  1. Banana and Guava

Bananas contain exfoliating properties that helps to exfoliate your skin getting rid of any dull marks on your skin. Guavas on the other hand contain lycopene which help lighten your skin naturally and get rid of any dark spots and pigmentation on your skin. Mash a banana and a guava and apply the paste on the affected area on your skin. Leave the paste for about 20 minutes and wash your skin with warm water.

  1. Red Onion

Red onion is a great home remedy for skin pigmentation. It helps get rid of dark spots and blemishes. Cut a red onion into two halves and rub one of the halves on the affected area of your skin. Allow the onion to sit on your skin for 10 minutes and wash off your skin.

  1. Potato

A potato is another great way to get rid of dark spots and blemishes that occur when your skin is having pigmentation. Rub a piece of potato on the affected part of your skin then wash your skin after 15 minutes. Repeat the process for several days to

  1. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera contains healing properties that help heal and repair the destroyed cells on your skin. Healing of the damaged cells of the skin helps get rid of dark spots and blemishes on your skin. Aloe vera helps to remove dead cells on the skin thus making your skin look clearer. Apply aloe vera leaf or aloe vera gel on the affected area and leave it for 30 minutes them wash your skin.

  1. Turmeric Powder and Lemon Juice

Turmeric powder is a powerful home remedy for skin pigmentation due to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties that help to heal and repair the destroyed skin cells on the areas with pigmentation. Squeeze a lemon to get some lemon extract and mix the lemon extract with 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder. Apply the mixture and leave it for 15 minutes then wash off with cold water.

  1. Vinegar

Vinegar contains astringent properties that help to lighten your skin thus getting rid of the patches formed due to skin pigmentation. Mix some water with vinegar and use the water to rinse the affected area of your skin and don’t rinse your skin.

The above are some of the most effective home remedies for skin pigmentation. It is however important for you to note that you need to be patient and use the home remedy for several days to get satisfying results.