Dark skin pigment that results from scratches on the skin is actually scar tissue that has darkened as it healed. Over-the-counter products or doctor-prescribed products can sometimes harm the skin and result in peeling, reddening and tenderness. Naturally lightening the darker skin pigmentation is an option that has few side effects and can improve the appearance of skin.
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- Fresh basil leaves
Wash the affected skin twice a day. Avoid washing more often, as this can result in further dark pigmentation and acne. Use a mild cleanser in the morning and again before bed to keep the skin clean without over-scrubbing.
Put on sunscreen. Dark pigmentation from scarring can become darker with sun exposure. Most skin types need an SPF of at least 15, although those with lighter skin tones should use an SPF of 30 or higher. Reapply sunscreen every two or three hours when outdoors.
Apply freshly squeezed lemon juice to the dark scratch mark every day and leave on for 15 minutes. Lemon juice is a natural lightening agent.
Squeeze a fresh lemon into a bowl and add basil leaves. Allow the leaves to soak up the lemon juice, then apply leaves directly to your scratch. Leave the concoction on skin for 10 to 15 minutes before washing it off. Repeat once a week. While the lemon juice acts as a lightener, basil has been known to help the skin heal.
Squeeze or juice a cucumber. Apply juice to the scratch and allow it to sit for about 10 minutes; repeat every other day. Cucumber is known to naturally cool and heal the skin and can act as a gentle natural lightener, making it ideal for sensitive skin types.
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