Category: Skin Pigmentation

Remedies for Skin Discoloration and Pigmentation

Skin Discoloration

Melanin is a pigment that gives color to the skin and protects it from rays of the sun.  When there is an overproduction of melanin, skin discoloration is the result.  There are some special cells in the body, which make melanin when these cells get affected melanin production gets imbalanced. The reason could be inflammation of the skin; other reasons like internal or external factors of the body can be the culprits of this problem.

Pigmented birthmarks, port wine stains, muscular stains, hemangiomas are some of the common types of pigmentations, due to which our discoloration of the skin occurs on our body.

Due to the difference which occurs in melanin levels, skin patch occurs on certain part of the body or on all of your body.

Skin Discoloration

Types of Skin Discoloration Or Pigmentation

Vitiligo:

Vitiligo mainly affects the loss of color in blotches, any part of your body can be affected with this problem, most people with dark skin tend to get this problem with their skin, as far as this problem is concerned it does not harm you any other way than skin discoloration but its stressful kind of situation for person suffering from this problem as he feels bad about him/herself. The reason for this problem is when cells that produce melanin stops functioning hence discoloration occurs.

Melasma:

It is a condition that causes discoloration on your skin. As it’s known as “Mask of pregnancy” too, when it occurs in pregnant women, the condition is much more common in women, but men can get it too, brownish color skin patches can occur on cheeks forehead, bridge of the nose or on the chin. Though it will not do any harm, you may feel self-conscious about the way it appears on your skin texture.

Hypopigmentation:

Hypopigmentation is patches that are lighter than your overall skin, the problem with melanin can cause you this condition of hypopigmentation. This condition can also be due to the injury as it can develop into hypopigmentation.

Solar Lentigines:

It’s a patch of dark skin, the cause of this problem is UV (Ultraviolet rays), due to which local proliferation of melanocytes happens and leads to the accumulation of melanin within the skin cells (Kertinocytes). People over 40 are prone to be under the umbrella of this condition of solar lentigines.

Freckles:

Freckles are the brown spots on fair skin people, who are the victim of this problem, due to UV (ultraviolet) radiation stimulation. Genes such as MC1R or sunburn can be the cause of freckles.

Causes Of Discolored Skin Patches

Burns:

Sunburns can be the cause of damaging your skin and some time some other factors which lead to burns can also damage your skin, hence it tends to get patches on the skin.

Skin Cancer:

When genetic material in the skin is damaged, this can cause cancer, which can change the color of skin and texture of the skin. Long term sun damage and exposure to chemicals can also be the reason for skin cancer.

Some Types of Skin Cancer

Melanoma:

It’s the least common type of cancer, but if not treated, it can be dangerous also. Mole on the skin when it gets triggered which is also a cause of melanoma. Place of their occurrence in men is on chest and back. In the case of women, they appear on legs.

Actinic Keratosis:

It’s a condition where crusty or scaly kind of spots on hand, arms or face appears. It’s a precancerous skin problem. These spots are brown-gray or pink, the area affected with this problem tends to itch or even burning sensation is felt.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma:

It’s a type of skin cancer that begins in squamous cells, due to this disease sores and scaly patches can be seen. Squamous cells make an outermost layer of the skin.

Basal Cell Carcinoma:

Due to this condition, painful bumps in the early stages are making the patient irritate as they bleed, it also affects the top layer of skin. The appearance of this kind bumps are shiny or with scar-like looks.

Ayurvedic Treatment For Skin Cancer

Ayurveda can help us to treat these problems we face due to skin discoloration and pigmentation. According to Ayurveda, “Subdoshas” like ‘Pitta” and ‘Vatta” are the main factors due to which color of skin gets affected.

In Ayurveda, we not only treat with medicines for skin disorders but we include different procedures to overcome the problem of skin discoloration, by diagnosing the nature of the problem. We apply the procedure to treat it from the root. All these procedures are natural and without any side effects.

It includes the following herbal and home remedies:

Home Remedies for Skin Discoloration and Pigmentation

Changes in Lifestyle:

For combating with pigmentation on any part of the body you have to control the base of the problem that is causing an imbalance in Pitta and Vatta, hence lifestyle changes are required to do away with this problem. Exposure to the sun and wearing dark color clothes that absorb heat quickly are prohibited in this condition, due to it, stress meditation is required to keep you calm and relaxed.

If you are habitual of smoking then it’s very difficult to treat the problem of skin discoloration, as it increases the free radical content in your body, thus aggravating the factor of skin discoloration.

Detoxification of Body:

Water, which is essential for all living beings on earth, proves to be very beneficial in skin discoloration problems. With the help of Water therapy, which is known as “Usnodaka,” which is a very useful therapy for skin discoloration, the patient is asked to drink boiled water, which is a technique proven to be best for detoxification of all bad elements in the body. Apart from this, the patient is advised to drink 5 to 7 cups of boiled water on a regular basis on an empty stomach, till the Ayurvedic therapy is going on. Apart from this the Ayurvedacharya by examining the condition of the problem, can also recommend some other procedures as done in Ayurveda.

Herbal Remedies

Fruits like plums, peaches and fruit juices are recommended to hydrate your body and give you a good skin tone.

Cumin seeds, coriander, and fennel seeds are some of the seeds, when mixed and boiled in water, helps you to get relief from skin problems, you can take bath with this boiled water after cooling it and bringing it at room temperature. Herb like Manjhsthia helps you in relieving the skin disorders as it’s a blood purifier and it’s an anti-allergy herb, which can do wonders for your skin.

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Natural Treatment for Psoriasis

Overview

Symptoms of Psoriasis

Skin plays a major role in the physical and mental well being of an individual because the unbroken skin is the nature’s dressing over the body and it also acts as a protective barrier against the entry of disease causing pathogens.

Psoriasis is considered as a non-contagious skin condition that causes rapid skin cells production because of this, skin cells don’t have time to fall off which results in piling up of dry, thickened and red patches of the  skin. This disorder mainly affects the skin of the elbows, scalp and knees.

Psoriasis can be a very persistent complaint which is responsible for the great deal of unhappiness and depression among the patients. Thus those living with Psoriasis have a higher risk of being diagnosed with depression. Hence, psychological aspect of psoriasis is also important in the etio-pathogenesis and the management of psoriasis.

What are the symptoms of Psoriasis?

The signs and symptoms of psoriasis are different for every patient but the common signs and symptoms include:

  • Red patches on the skin which are covered by thick and silvery scales.
  • Itching and burning sensation on the skin.
  • Nails appear as thickened, pitted or ridged.
  • Swollen or stiff joints

Diagnosis:

  • The diagnosis of psoriasis can be done by taking the medical history of the patient, by analyzing the skin, hair and nails.

Treatment:

  • Modern treatment of psoriasis includes the application of topical corticosteroids, Vitamin D analogues, topical retinoids, phototherapy, oral or injected medications etc.

Psoriasis according to Ayurveda:

In Ayurvedic classical texts, the word ‘Kushtha’ is a broad term which is mentioned for all types of skin disorders. Ekakushtha is classified under Kshudra Kushtha which has a close resemblance with psoriasis due to its maximum similarity with the symptoms.

Comparison between Psoriasis and Kshudrakushtha

Ekakushtha Lakshana

Psoriasis signs and symptoms
Aswedanam The lesions are dry and rough.
Matsya Shakalopamam There are well defined raised papules and erythematic plaques which are covered with silvery scales.
Twaka Parushya Dryness in the skin
Mahavastu Bigger lesions are deep rooted and found all over the body
Krishna Aruna Varna Erythematous thick lesions become black in colour.
Ayurvedic Medicines for Psoriasis
(Reference: Charak Samhita, Chikitsa Sthan, Chapter 7, Shlok No. 21)

Meaning: According to this shloka, ekkushta is defined as the disease in which there is no perspiration, extensive which means it affects the large area and looks like fishy scales. This condition is known as ekkushta.

What is the natural treatment of Psoriasis?

Planet Ayurveda offers ‘Psora Care Pack’ which helps in the purification of blood and tissues which is the primary aim in the treatment of psoriasis. These remedies help in the cleansing of the toxins and restoration of digestion to prevent their further accumulation. This pack consists of the nourishing herbs that strengthen and tone the tissues for the complete healing of the skin.

Psora Care Pack of Planet Ayurveda includes:

  • Navkarshik Churna
  • Radiant Skin Hair Nails Formula
  • Neem Capsules
  • Manjishtha Capsules
  • Pitta Balance Capsules
  • Lippu Oil
  • Psorolin Ointment

Navkarshik Churna

  • Navkarshik Churna by Planet Ayurveda is a blend of dried extracts of various herbs that are useful in the purification of blood. This churna is also very effective in the condition of painful and swollen joints. Therefore, this churna is very effective for the treatment of psoriasis.

Ingredients of Navkarshik Churna are:

Sr. No.

Indian Name Botanical Name Parts Quantity (200 gm)
1. Amla Emblica officinalis Fruits 22.22 gm
2. Haritaki Terminalia chebula Fruits 22.22 gm
3. Bahera Terminalia bellerica Fruits 22.22 gm
4. Vacha Acorus calamus Roots 22.22 gm
5. Neem Azadirachta indica Leaves 22.22 gm
6. Manjishtha Rubia cordifolia Whole 22.22 gm
7. Katuki Picrrorhiza kurroa Stem 22.22 gm
8. Giloy Tinospora cordifolia Stem 22.22 gm
9. Daruhaldi Berberis aristata Rhizome 22.22 gm

Dose: Take 1 teaspoonful powder twice daily with plain water after taking meals.

Radiant Hair Skin Nail Formula

  • This product is a unique combination of Planet Ayurveda that contains standardized extracts of the herbs which are useful in relieving skin problems such as psoriasis naturally. This herbal formula is helpful in keeping the skin moist, glowing and lustrous.

Ingredients of Radiant Hair Skin Nails Formula are:

Sr. No.

Botanical Name Indian Name Quantity
1. Rubia cordifolia Manjishtha 200 mg
2. Fumaria officinalis Pit papda 100 mg
3. Swertia chiretta Chirata 100 mg
4. Aloe barbadensis Ghrit Kumari 100 mg

Dose: 2 capsules twice daily after taking meals.

Neem Capsules (Azadirachta indica):

  • When it comes to skin disease, there is no herb equivalent to neem. Neem Capsules by Planet Ayurveda contain the standardized extract of this herb. The neem tree is known by the name community pharmacy in Indian villages because of its immense medicinal benefits. Neem is quite useful in the treatment of acute and chronic disorders such as acne, eczema, ringworm, psoriasis etc.

Dose: 1 capsule twice daily after taking meals.

Manjishtha Capsules (Rubia cordifolia):

  • The standardized extract of the herb is used for the preparation of Planet Ayurveda’s Manjishtha Capsules. This herb acts as a  natural blood cleanser which helps in the detoxification of blood, removes excess heat, promotes circulation, removes ama (endotoxins), balances Pitta and Kapha doshas. These capsules provide relief in psoriasis in a natural way.

Dose: 2 capsules twice daily after taking meals.

Pitta Balance Capsules

  • Pitta Balance Capsules is a wonderful product of Planet Ayurveda that contains natural calcium compounds which are cooling in nature. These compounds remove the excess heat or correct the vitiated Pitta within the system. In psoriasis, the compromised digestive system leads to an increase in pitta dosha in the rasa dhatu. So, these capsules alleviate excess Pitta and help in the management of psoriasis.

Ingredients of Pitta Balance Capsules are:

Sr. No.

Ingredient Name Common Name Quantity
1. Coral Calcium Praval Pishti 125 mg
2. Agate Calcium Akik Pishti 125 mg
3. An Ayurvedic Calcium Compound Jawar Mohra Pishti 125 mg
4. An Ayurvedic Calcium Compound Kamdudha Ras 125 mg
5. Pearl Calcium Mukta Pishti 50 mg
6. Tinospora cordifolia extract Giloy Satv 125 mg

Dose: 1 capsule twice daily after taking meals.

Lippu Oil

  • Lippu Oil is a unique single herb formulation that is indicated for the effective management of skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, increased skin senescence etc. This oil contains an extract of Pongamia glabra commonly known as karanj.

How to use:

  • Apply locally on the affected areas after bath and expose to sunlight for 3 minutes.

Psorolin Ointment:

  • Psorolin Ointment is prepared from the extracts of the oils Wrightia tinctoria and Cynodon dactylon. This ointment decreases the dead cells or scales on the psoriatic skin, retards the abnormal thickening of the outer layer of the skin and acts against the enzyme elastase that is responsible for psoriasis.

How to use:

  • Apply locally on the affected areas  in the night.

Diet and Lifestyle:

  • Avoid taking wrong food combinations such as fish with milk, milk with fruits, milk with sour foods etc.
  • Fruits should not be combined with the dairy products like milk, yogurt etc.
  • Fruits should not be taken immediately after taking meals because fruits digest easily whereas grains and cereals take time to digest so there can be fermentation and formation of ama takes place.
  • Adding fruits to ice-cream is really worse.
  • Taking non-vegetarian food such as meat with milk is a bad combination because meat is hot whereas milk is cool in nature therefore they contradict one another and produce toxins.