Herbs to Fade Discoloration

Discoloration on the skin has many names: hyperpigmentation, freckles or liver spots. And while some people consider freckles in children to be cute, liver spots often appear long after sun damage has affected skin. Because of this, liver spots are considered a sign of aging that carries a stigma. Many people who suffer from discoloration of the skin use cosmetic cremes to fade discoloration. Others consult with a dermatologist for skin peels or professional skin bleaching. But as a third alternative, you can potentially fade discoloration on your skin by making an herbal rinse. (See a doctor first, though, especially if discoloration is severe or gets progressively worse.)


In the children's story of Peter Rabbit, Peter's mother feeds him chamomile tea to help him get better. Chamomile is known as an all-around health-booster. But tea made of chamomile is also known as natural bleach for both hair and skin. Since chamomile is natural, it is safe to use on skin. You can mix chamomile with honey and water to make a skin-lightening mask.


In the Middle East and throughout Eurasia, fenugreek is used in a variety of healing disciplines as an all-around panacea. This is because fenugreek contains minerals including iron, potassium and calcium as well as fiber and vitamin C. The leaves of fenugreek are steamed to form vapors that heal upper repertory infections, or they can be boiled and then placed on the face to fade acne scars and age damage.


According to fossil records, Roses have been around since pre-historic times. Roses are primarily known for their decorative petals. But rose petals can be used as an herb for both cooking and cosmetic purposes. Rosewater makes a skin rinse that is soothing on chapped skin and will lighten skin over time with use. To make rose water, place rose petals in a pot of water and simmer until all color has leached out of the petals. Strain the water and wipe your face up to three times daily with a cotton swab soaked in the water.

Keywords: Blemish remover, skin lightener, age spots

About this Author

After 10 years experience in writing, Tracy S. Morris has countless articles and two novels to her credit. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets" and "CatFancy," as well as the "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World," and several websites.