Blotchy skin is uneven, spotty areas on the face, arms or chest. It is often caused by genetics, hormonal changes, exposure to the sun, age, stress, smoking or injured skin. Eliminating the cause---except for genetics and age---can often correct blotchy skin. The main objective many with blotchy skin have is to restore the skin's health and return it to its natural beauty. To do this, concentrate on taking care of your skin first. If needed, there are products that can speed up the healing process for blotchy skin.
Taking Care of the Skin
The main concern when curing blotchy skin is to take care of the overall health of the skin. This includes adopting healthy eating and exercise practices. Eating plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole grains while limiting fried foods, fats, vegetable oils and refined sugars will improve the overall health of the skin and help to cure blotchy skin.
Use sunscreen regularly, clean and moisturize the skin every day, and try to decrease the stress in your life. The skin will start to heal from the inside.
The worst thing that a person with blotchy skin can do is to use excessive makeup to hide it. While foundation and concealers are effective as a short-term solution, they shouldn't be seen as remedies. If the products aren't effectively washed from the skin every night, they can make the situation worse.
Skin whitening products are sometimes used as a cure for blotchy skin. These products have ingredients that can cause other problems down the line. For one, the use of hydroquinone has been known to be the root of delayed allergic reactions. Hydroquinone has also been linked to cause damage to the thyroid, liver and kidney. The ingredient also causes more darkening of the skin when exposed to the sun.
Natural Remedies and Other Products
Natural products can cure blotchy skin, while tightening and hydrating the skin. The best skin lighteners include ingredients such as Shea butter, vitamin A and vitamin C.
To choose the right products, you must know the effects that certain ingredients have on the skin. Arbutin is used as an antibacterial agent to reverse the damaging effects of free radicals and sun exposure. Shea butter has been used in Africa for centuries to heal the skin and make it radiant. Allantoin heals the skin and fights the effects of pollutants. Allantoin is also used to exfoliate the skin and is a natural brightener. Vitamin A and E help the health of the skin and return its elasticity, giving it a youthful look. Other helpful natural ingredients are primrose oil and aloe vera.
- Naturally Healthy Skin: Tips & Techniques for a Lifetime of Radiant Skin (Herbal body series); Stephanie Tourles; 1999
- The Clear Skin Diet; Alan C. Logan and Valori Treloar; 2007