We often come across people who aren't very familiar with the term pigmentation even though it is one of the most significant skin concerns worldwide. Here, we break down the different types of pigmentation and everything you need to get a lustrous, glowing and even skin tone and certainly the best treatment for pigmentation on face that you can give yourself!
What is pigmentation?
Pigmentation is when certain areas of skin turn darker than the rest. It can appear in smaller patches, cover larger areas or in some cases, even the entire body. This happens when skin produces more melanin than usual. Usually there are 4 types – Hyperpigmentation, Melasma, Freckles and Age-spots; however for ease of understanding we are going to break it down into easy to understand terms like black pigmentation on face, brown pigmentation on face and white pigmentation on face.
What is black pigmentation on face?
Black pigmentation on face is also known as Melasma. This type of hyperpigmentation causes dark patches to develop on the face. While it is directly related to the production of melanin in the skin, there may be other external factors causing black spots on the face.
What causes black pigmentation on face?
Sun exposure and skincare products containing harsh chemicals are few of the causes of black pigmentation on face.
What is brown pigmentation on face?
Over production of melanin is a very common cause of brown pigmentation on face. When our skin produces more melanin it leads to darker/ brown spots on the face leading to uneven skin tone.
What causes brown pigmentation on face?
Hormonal changes in the body can trigger production of melanin leading to brown spots on the face.
What is white pigmentation on face?
White pigmentation on face also termed as hypopigmentation, occurs when the skin produces less melanin. This is a case where your skin has patches that are lighter than your natural skin colour. Hence the term white pigmentation on face.
What causes white pigmentation on face?
Most common cause is because skin starts to produce less melanin. This is sometimes due to unhealthy lifestyle choices and vitamin deficiencies too, so a holistic approach involving a healthy lifestyle with healthy skincare is a must.
What is the best treatment for pigmentation on face using oils?
Essential oils traditionally have been used in beauty rituals to cure multiple skin concerns. Pigmentation is most certainly one of them. Essential oils make for the best treatment for pigmentation on face. These oils have bio-active compounds that provide nutrition, hydration, vitamins and fatty acids to the skin that promote cell turnover. There are some oils that work on the cellular level to treat pigmentation.
Let’s deep dive into the best oils that work on pigmentation.
1. Helichrysum Essential Oil:
Part of the sunflower family, Helichrysum is known by many other names like ‘Everlasting’ and ‘Immortelle’. The essential oil extracted from this flower has been historically used in skincare. The ‘diketones’ present in this magical essential oil helps with both black and brown pigmentation on face. This oil is great for sensitive skin too and is often compared with chamomile for its skin soothing properties.
2. Rosehip Seed Oil:
Rosehip seed oil has the ability to treat white pigmentation on face and any other discoloration. It helps speed up cell regeneration resulting in bright complexion. The presence of vitamin C & fatty acids in this oil, deeply hydrates skin and can also reduce brown and black spots.
3. Frankincense Essential Oil:
A skincare ingredient that is also mythical, this is a very interesting and highly effective essential oil made from Boswellia tree resin. Dermatologists and aromatherapists see eye to eye when it comes to the skincare benefit of this essential oil. Highly beneficial in treating black pigmentation on face, the cytophylatic qualities help Frankincense oil reduce even white pigmentation (Hypopigmentation). It stimulates growth of new cells and also tones and tightens the skin.
4. Carrot Seed Essential Oil:
Carrot seed essential oil contains Vitamin A, Vitamin C and E in huge quantities. This vitamin packed essential oil works on deeper levels of your skin and lightens the skin tone. The therapeutic quality in this essential oil prevents sun damage and also has the ability to alter the melanin production. This makes carrot seed essential oil your most sought-after ingredient in treating brown and white pigmentation on face. Only a few drops of this lovely oil have the ability to transform your skin into youthful, lightened skin.
5. Turmeric Essential Oil:
One of the most ancient herbs used in skincare, turmeric essential oil is a natural skin rejuvenator. Another essential oil that naturally lightens skin tone and works on pigmentation, turmeric is also mentioned frequently in Ayurveda beauty books. Curcumin is the bio-active compound found in turmeric that prevents over production of melanin by inhibiting tyrosinase (the enzyme responsible for producing melanin) hence this oil is very useful for treating brown, white and black pigmentation on face.
Why oils for pigmentation versus so many effective acids and actives available in the market?
Well clearly, we are the advocates of safe and healthy skincare and oils form the core of Oleum Cottage formulations. However, who doesn’t like quick fixes right? And when actives can give that to you, then why not!? It is because actives eventually also make your skin sun sensitive and, in a way, prone to pigmentation. So, adding oils in your skincare routine and treatment plan is a very wise thing to do and something you will visibly notice within a few weeks.
One of the best treatments for pigmentation on face is using a blend of the above-mentioned oils in the right aromatherapy dosage. The powerful blend not just evens out skin tone but also adds nourishment to the skin to avoid pigmentation from occurring. You can find this blend in our Clarifying and Regenerating Face Crème that works its charm on your pigmented skin.
Take it from the oil blending experts that oils are good for your skin and a life changing switch that you can make right away!