You can naturally even out your skin using effective essential oils for hyperpigmentation!
Hyperpigmentation is a skin malady characterized by dark or white skin patches all over the face, hands or body.
It can be caused by skin inflammation, sun damage, injuries, hormonal fluctuations, bad reaction to beauty products, acne scars, etc. Apart from these top 9 essential oils for hyperpigmentation, there are powerful herbal extracts to remove hyperpigmentation, such as
- licorice root extract,
- mulberry extract and
- bearberry extract
Licorice root extract/powder is especially good for reducing and getting rid of hyperpigmentation. Read: Top 5 Herbs for Hyperpigmentation
9 Effective Essential Oils for Hyperpigmentation
Now let’s look at 9 best essential oils for hyperpigmentation below!
1. Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon juice itself has powerful skin bleaching properties so now imagine how potent lemon essential oil is for hyperpigmentation!
This citrusy essential oil is extracted from lemon peels, which have tiny pockets of oil in them.
Lemon essential oil (where to get it) is highly concentrated in limonene, a chemical constituent that helps lighten skin as well as even out skin tone by dissolving the dead cells at the surface of the skin.
Caution: Much as lemon essential oil is very effective for hyperpigmentation, it contains furanocoumarin compounds like other citrus essential oil that have been found to increase the skin’s sensitivity to UV light. Never apply lemon essential oil at day time/go out in the sun after applying it as this will actually worsen the hyperpigmentation. Only apply this essential oil at night time, diluted with a carrier oil or even mixed with your night cream.
2. Carrot Seed Essential Oil
Carrot seed essential oil (where to get it) is one of the best essential oils for hyperpigmentation.
I’d choose it as the best essential oil for hyperpigmentation after lemon essential oil!
Carrot seed essential oil is got from carrot seeds from the wild carrot plant and it takes about 3000 seeds just to squeeze out one teaspoon of oil! Also, carrot seed oil is super rich in beta carotene, which gives carrots their bright orange color.
Beta carotene is said to reduce pigment formation by hindering inhibiting tyrosinase, which is an enzyme that produces melanin (the skin’s natural pigment). Use carrot seed oil to heal hyperpigmentation, dark spots/patches and even melasma!
3. Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil (where to get it) is known as a skin soothing oil.
It’s good for calming skin irritations and rashes. Moreover, it also has anti-inflammatory properties.
Lavender oil is good for fading away scars and post inflammatory hyperpigmentation caused by acne scars.
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4. Sandalwood Essential Oil
Did you know that sandalwood trees mature for up to 40 to 80 years before the essential oil is extracted?
Sandalwood essential oil (where to get it) is an ancient and exotic essential oil that is prized for its mystical & long lasting fragrance.
It has been used for thousands of years for various benefits including beauty benefits such as softening skin, relieving rashes and skin irritation, assisting in fading scar tissue, soothing itchy skin and so much more.
Sandalwood essential oil not only helps heal scar tissue and fade away facial and acne scars but also helps diminish skin discoloration and even out pigmentation.
How to use sandalwood essential oil for hyperpigmentation:
- Mix 10 drops of sandalwood essential oil in 2 tbsp argan oil and store in a small 1 oz amber glass dropper bottle and apply to skin affected with hyperpigmentation.
5. Frankincense Essential Oil
Best known for its effective scar treatment, frankincense essential oil is also good for reducing hyperpigmentation on skin.
Frankincense essential oil (where to get it) has a rich woody scent and it is got from frankincense resin, which is burned as incense in Arab homes since ancient times for its powerful antiseptic and healing properties as well as its mysterious & exotic scent and aromatherapy properties.
Use frankincense essential oil to brighten dull skin and get rid of dark hyperpigmentation by mixing a few drops of it in any carrier oil of your choice. You can even mix it in shea butter since frankincense essential oil blends perfectly with
6. Rose Essential Oil
Known for its beautiful and romantic fragrance, rose essential oil has been used in skin care since ancient times.
It is said to be discovered by a Persian princess who saw precious droplets of oil collect in a fountain of water filled with rose petals in the sunny courtyard of the palace.
Rose essential oil (where to get it) is used to heal a myriad of skin maladies including acne, pimples, eczema & other inflammatory skin conditions, sagging skin and so much more.
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Rose essential oil also rejuvenates & brightens dull & discolored skin so it can also be used to even out hyperpigmentation. Mix a few drops of rose essential oil in argan oil and apply on your face.
7. Chamomile Essential Oil
Chamomile essential oil (where to get it) has strong anti-inflammatory properties.
It’s effective for post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
How to use chamomile essential oil for hyperpigmentation:
- You can combine 5 drops of chamomile essential oil and 5 drops of in 2 tbsp of rosehip oil.
- Apply this on your affected areas to reduce post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
8. Geranium Essential Oil
Geranium essential oil (where to get it) has a balancing and calming effect on the body, mind and soul. It has a flowery scent and it is very good for solving women’s problems such as menstrual troubles & breast congestion.
It has lots of beauty benefits for the body including fighting acne, clearing skin congestion, healing skin inflammatory conditions and much more.
Effective in lightening scars, blemishes and dark spots, geranium essential oil is one of the top essential oils for hyperpigmentation.
How to use geranium essential oil for hyperpigmentation:
- Mix 12 drops of geranium essential oil in pure aloe vera gel and store in an air tight storage container.
- Apply this to your whole face/areas affected by pigmentation as a night treatment to help even out dark patches.
9. Bergamot Essential Oil
Bergamot essential oil (where to get it) is derived from the bergamot orange, which is also sometimes known as ‘sweet lemon’ because of its taste that’s slightly sweet than a lemon.
The bergamot orange is about the size of a regular orange but looks more like a pear and it’s color is more like that of a lemon.
For skin, bergamot essential oil is very beneficial because of its strong antimicrobial, antiseptic and astringent properties.
It’s antiseptic and antimicrobial properties help protect the skin from acne-causing bacteria and other germs that irritate skin. Its astringent properties help reduce excess oiliness while toning & firming the skin.
Bergamot essential oil encourages skin regeneration and healing, which makes it excellent for preventing new scars and fading old ones.
For hyperpigmentation, bergamot essential oil is especially useful because it helps even out skin tone by regulating the distribution of melanin, the skin’s natural pigment.
Only use bergamot essential oil at night time as it is photosensitive, just like lemon essential oil.
Organic Natural Pigmentation Serum
If you don’t have time to make your own hyperpigmentation facial blends with the oils above, you can purchase the organic natural pigmentation serum from ECO. Modern Essentials shared below!
It contains the essential oils of bergamot, lemon and sandalwood for skin lightening effects to even out pigmentation and also rosemary essential oils, which boosts blood flow to all skin cells.
Use it morning and night under your usual moisturizer (use pure shea butter, if you want to go natural).
- Only buy high quality and 100% pure essential oils and make sure to dilute essential oils before use. For adults, the safe dilution rate is 2 drops of essential oil in 1 tsp of carrier oil/base ingredient. Please read How to Dilute Essential Oils for more information.
- Never use essential oils undiluted on skin, especially skin with hyperpigmentation.
- Avoid essential oils in pregnancy and lactation. See: List of Essential Oils to Avoid in Pregnancy
- Keep essential oils away from children and pets.
- If you’re new to essential oils, please first see Caution and Safety when Using Essential Oils
Do you use essential oils for hyperpigmentation & skin lightening? Which one(s) have you had success with so far? For me, it was lemon & sandalwood is brilliant too!