Ayurvedic treatment for pigmentation on face

Pigmentation is a common problem that is denoted by the formation of blemishes, dark spots, dark circles, or general darkening of the skin or blotches. It may also be accompanied by itching. Skin pigmentation of the face can be caused by many factors.

Exposure to sun

Excessive exposure to the sun during summers is among the most common reasons for face pigmentation. If you’re frequently out in the sun for too long, harmful UV rays can damage the skin and lead to dark spot formation. You can prevent these spots by covering your face and neck when you are getting out of your home. Another common way of getting exposed to sunlight is by swimming outdoors for extended periods of time.


It has been observed that imbalanced hormones can also darken the skin. Pregnancy and use of contraceptive pills lead to hormonal (estrogenic) changes which trigger melanocytes to produce more melanin, hence pigmentation.

Side effect of medicines

Overuse of certain medicines and their side effects can create imbalances in your dosha, and make your body prone to various skin problems. Medicines can directly affect the function of melanocytes and lead to skin pigmentation. Application of topical drugs, some antibiotics, hormonal drugs or chemotherapy medicines may cause pigmentation.

Injuries can also leave distinct marks on the skin. When new skin replaces the damaged area, it may have slightly different pigmentation compared to the area surrounding it. Dermatological problems like acne and eczema are known to leave behind pigmented areas on the skin.

As there can be multiple reasons for skin pigmentation, it is highly recommended that you consult an Ayurvedic doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. Glowing skin is an indicator of health and also boosts our confidence. So irrespective of skin colour, authentic ayurvedic treatment for pigmentation on face will help to regain your original glow.

According to Ayurveda, the skin is governed primarily by Vyana Vata and Bhrajaka Pitta, with the latter, a sub-dosha of Pitta, governing our skin colour. Ayurveda mentions that when this sub-dosha is out of balance, it can lead to skin problems, including pigmentation. Like with every Ayurvedic treatment, the solution is in pacifying the aggravated pitta, which can be done with the help of several internal and external procedures. Herbal formulations for topical application and consumption are prescribed to deal with the aggravated dosha from within as well as on the skin surface. Accumulation of toxins in the body can also lead to pigmentation. The dark pigmentation in the face is called vyanga in Ayurveda.

Now that we know the common causes of pigmentation, let us look at some pigmentation treatments in Ayurveda.

A few drops of Kumkumadi oil are carefully mixed with turmeric and aloe vera cream. This paste is applied on the affected area for half an hour before bath every day. Kumkumadi oil contains Kesar (saffron) and other effective herbs that reverse tanning and pigmentation on skin. Our specially formulated oil is a pitta pacifier which lightens complexion, removes pimples, blemishes, scars and wrinkles.

Ancient Ayurvedic texts speak of the benefits of full body massage, followed by application of sandalwood, honey and turmeric and bathing with rose petals and milk in water. While following all of these may not be possible for all, we provide a proprietary paste created from turmeric powder, honey, and milk that can be applied to the entire body. The applied paste is kept on for the body for a specific amount of time and then washed off with clean water to pacify Pitta on the skin.

Water therapy, or Usnodaka, is also an effective Ayurvedic treatment for skin pigmentation. In this treatment, the individual may be asked to drink 6-7 glasses of boiled water infused with carefully selected natural herbs that act to remove toxins from the body and promote natural melanocyte cell function.

Manjistha is an Ayurvedic herb that has numerous skin benefits. It is a blood purifier and can treat the skin from within, leading to healthy and younger-looking skin. It has a sweet, bitter, and acidic taste and is an effective pitta pacifier. Manjistha powder is mixed with honey and applied on the face for a certain amount of time before washing it off.

Since aggravated Pitta is the root cause of pigmentation, it is necessary to pacify this dosha for long term relief. To do that, you can incorporate a few lifestyle changes, including adding juicy fruits like melons, plums, and peaches to your diet. Drinking plenty of fresh water, coconut water and fresh juices will help the body flush out toxins. Doing yoga and light exercises can also work wonders for your skin, as does gentle exfoliation. Of course, avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun is also important.

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