Hyperpigmentation causes patches of skin to become darker than the surrounding skin. It occurs when the skin produces excess melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color. It can affect any skin type and is more likely during prolonged sun exposure, hormonal imbalance, pregnancy, and older age. It is a treatable condition but can be of a cosmetic concern and may affect a person’s confidence and overall quality of life.
Indian foods are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, protein, and minerals that have numerous health benefits including improved skin health, heart health, sexual health, and immunity. Here is a list of must-add Indian foods that are beneficial for managing hyperpigmentation:
Turmeric : This golden herb is a common addition to Indian cuisine. The curcumin present in turmeric reduces melanin synthesis.
Amla : Indian gooseberry is the richest source of vitamin C and C is a powerful antioxidant that can help protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals. Vitamin C is also known for its skin-brightening properties.
Tomatoes: The lycopene in tomatoes are in antioxidants and protects the skin from UV damage and oxidative stress and also hydrates the skin.
Spinach: The beta-carotene in green leafy vegetables help fight oxidative damage caused by UV rays and helps reduce hyperpigmentation.
Papaya: Papain in papaya helps reduce hyperpigmentation and helps even the skin tone.
Green tea is rich in antioxidants and can help protect the skin from UV damage and reduce hyperpigmentation.
Aloe Vera: Topical application of aloe vera reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation by destroying existing melanin cells and preventing further formation of melanin in the skin.
In addition to incorporating these foods into your diet, there are some other tips to help prevent hyperpigmentation:
Wear sunscreen: Sun exposure is one of the main causes of hyperpigmentation, so it’s important to wear sunscreen every day, even on cloudy days.
Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water can help keep your skin hydrated and healthy.
Get enough sleep: Lack of sleep can lead to stress, which can contribute to hyperpigmentation. Getting enough sleep can help reduce stress and promote healthy skin.
Dr Anish Desai is MD, Clinical Pharmacologist and Nutraceutical Physician, Founder and CEO, IntelliMed Healthcare Solutions.