Your job demands you to stay under the sun every day for a considerably long time and it is giving you ugly white spots of different sizes on certain parts of your skin! We know that you are clueless about these pesky marks and are desperately looking for some remedies in order to get rid of them. Well, we have got you covered in this article. Know everything about white sunspots including home remedies and kitchen remedies required to treat them.
What Are White Sunspots?
Sun is an avid source of vitamin D, which is, indeed, a necessity for our bones. But if your skin is overexposed to the sun, you may develop many unsightly marks on your skin including such white-colored spots. Typically, these white spots are a sign of damage caused by the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. When the melanocyte cells in a certain part of the skin stop producing the melanin pigment due to the overexposure to the UV rays, that area becomes depigmented and turns white. Hence, these spots are often called ‘white sunspots’ and the condition is medically termed as ‘Idiopathic Guttate Hypomelanosis’. White sunspots are typically found as flat patches (1 to 3 mm. in size) on the shins, arms, upper back, and face. Though they are more prominent in fair-skinned people, women with darker skin tone can also develop these. They are more likely to appear after the age of 40 years.
Are All White Spots On The Skin Sun Spots?
Not at all. Different types of white spots can be found on the skin of different individuals based on a variety of health conditions and factors. These include the followings (1):
Tinea Versicolor (TV) Or Pityriasis Versicolor
In this condition, the fungus living in on the surface of the skin grows exponentially, thereby causing dry, scaly, and itchy patches. These are usually lighter in color than the surrounding skin and are found as clusters.
Pityriasis Alba (PA)
These are non-cancerous, scaly, and itchy patches that remain red initially and turn into faint, white spots as they heal. PA is usually caused due to a mild version of atopic dermatitis or eczema and is common in individuals from 3 to 16 years.
Sun-borne white spots are much different than vitiligo spots. Vitiligo is a condition of permanent loss of pigments from the skin that spreads throughout the body while white sunspots is a temporary skin condition that can be treated easily and they do not spread at all.
Milia are firm, raised, fluid-filled sacs that are white in color and painless in nature. These 1–4 mm wide bumps are usually found on the surface of the skin as the keratin protein becomes trapped under it.
If white spots on your skin are giving your troubles, it is recommended that you get them checked by a dermatologist.
How Dangerous Are White Sunspots?
White sunspots look unsightly and sometimes even embarrassing, but they are usually benign and do not cause any harm. They can be treated easily with simple things available around us. You can even use a few home remedies to get rid of those pale colored skin patches. Though you do not need an expert medical consultation to treat white spots, they clearly indicate that your skin needs more protection from the sun as chronic overexposure to UV rays can eventually result in skin cancer. Also, if your white spot is spreading, consult your dermatologist immediately.
Home Remedies To Treat White Sunspots
There are more than a few home remedies that can promote the production of pigment in the depigmented parts of our skin and all of those can successfully be used for treating white sunspots naturally. Here is the list for you:
The ‘wonder vinegar‘ is used as an effective medicine for the treatment of white sunspots. Regular use of this fruit vinegar will greatly reduce the paleness of the skin caused by the UV rays. You can apply apple cider vinegar (ACV) directly to the affected part of the skin and wash it off after 10 to 15 minutes with plain water. If you have sensitive skin, dilute your ACV with a little water. Make sure that you practice it at least twice every day.
Add a little bit of onion juice to apple cider vinegar solution before applying it to the skin. This will give faster and better results.
2. Aloe Vera
After the ‘wonder vinegar’, it is time for the ‘wonder herb’. Aloe vera holds a prominent place in the beauty and medicine world due to its amazing healing properties. When used on sunspots, it catalyzes the new cell generation process in the skin which helps it in restoring its natural color. Take a small piece of fresh aloe vera leaf, cut it open, and rub the gel-part gently on the white spots. Let it sit for half an hour and then rinse off. Repeat 2-3 times every day.
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3. Castor Oil & Cod Liver Oil
Castor oil, when mixed with COD liver oil, can effectively remove white sunspots from the skin. Both of these can stimulate the production of melanin in the skin, thereby restoring its natural pigmentation in the affected parts. Mix both oils in equal quantity and massage the white spots on your skin with the mixture twice a day. After 25-30 minutes, wash off with plain water.
Vitamin E is a potent natural medicine for the treatment of white sunspots. Daily application of vitamin E oil on the affected part of the skin will improve its color and bring back the natural shade gradually. Apart from using vitamin E oil topically, include this nutrient in your daily diet to see better results.
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Kitchen Ingredients To Treat White Sunspots
A number of remedies for sun-caused skin discoloration lies inside your kitchen basket too. Tomato, lemon, and garlic are supposed to be very effective in the treatment of white sunspots. Here are the ways to use them:
1. Lemon And Tomato
Both tomato and lemon are highly acidic by nature, which makes them great natural bleaching agents. When used on the white spots, they heal the skin naturally and regulate the production of melanin in it, thereby evening out the color efficiently. All you need to do is extract the juices, apply them to the white spots, and wash off after an hour or so. You can also take thin slices of the ingredients and rub them directly on your skin.
Avoid sun exposure while using tomato or lemon extracts for treating white sunspots. They make the skin sensitive and you may experience sunburns if you go outside during that time.
Just like lemon and tomato, garlic too poses skin healing qualities. It also helps in restoring the natural color of the skin. The best way to use garlic for the removal of white sunspots involves the direct use of its juice on the troubled areas. You must apply garlic juice at least for ten minutes on your skin. Afterward, you can wash your skin with lukewarm water.
Cosmetic Treatments For White Sunspots
White sunspots naturally fade away in the span of a few weeks. You do not need to go for any additional cosmetic therapy to get rid of it. However, you must follow preventive measures to protect your skin from the damaging UV rays of the sun. This will avert the development of newer spots. Also, there are ways to minimize the appearance of white sunspots, such as topical steroids, dermabrasion, etc. If you want to boost your self-esteem, you can go for any of these treatments.
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Are White Sunspots Permanent?
White sunspots usually fade away on their own with time. If you try natural remedies, it will go away even faster. However, sometimes they run in families, which seems to be permanent.
- “What Are These White Spots On My Skin?“, MedicalNewsToday.com