Idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis or white spots on skin can occur due to fungal skin infections as well as excess sun exposure. The patches may be present on the chest, neck, arms and even the face. Let us take a look at some home remedies to prevent and treat white spots on skin.
1. Coconut oil with Iodine
Add a few drops of iodine solution to coconut oil and massage the mixture on the white spots every day. You need to do this for a few weeks to see results. Coconut oil has antifungal properties while iodine helps restore the skin’s natural pigment. Also take coconut oil internally to prevent further damage caused by environmental exposure.
2. Take supplements
White patches on face can result from deficiency in B complex vitamins especially para-aminobenzoic acid or PABA. Take at least 10-50 mg of this vitamin daily. Doing so will help fill the patches with normal skin color. You also need folic acid and vitamin B12. Beta carotene and Vitamin C are also necessary for healthy skin. Take beta carotene and at least 1000 mg of vitamin C to get rid of white spots caused by skin fungus or excess sun exposure. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamins.
3. Alkalize the body
Most skin allergies that cause white patches on face and arms are fungal in nature. Alkalizing the body destroys the fungus from inside out and prevents it from coming back. Take ½ tsp of baking soda in water every day. Also drink a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with water or juice. These remedies reduce acidity and balance ph of the body. This is not conducive to fungal growth.
4. Pure sandalwood powder
Apply a paste made with pure sandalwood powder in milk or water on the white patches. This remedy, when used regularly, restores natural skin color and also softens the skin. It is also beneficial for leucoderma sufferers.
5. Red clay
Another useful remedy for treating white patches on face and arms caused by sun damage is red clay mask. Red clay is found on the hillside slopes of river banks in certain areas and is very rich in copper. Mix the juice of ginger with a teaspoon of red clay powder and apply it to the patches. Leave it on for a few minutes before washing off. Use this remedy regularly to see results.
6. Turmeric and mustard oil
Boil turmeric root or organic turmeric powder in a liter of water until it is reduced to half. Strain the water and mix it with some mustard oil. Store the mixture in a bottle. Apply a bit of it daily on the white patches two times (morning and night). With regular usage, you can get rid of white spots on face of child or adults.
7. Complete detox fast
A complete detox fast is also beneficial in getting rid of white spots on cheek. For a couple of days each week, drink only fresh fruit juices. Avoid all kinds of solid food. You can drink herbal teas. Taking enemas can also help rid the body of toxic waste in colon and intestines. After the fast, eat light meals mainly consisting of boiled vegetables. Avoid all kinds of processed foods. Reduce intake of salt and sugar and stay away from red meat. When done regularly, your skin will definitely be clearer and healthier.
8. Weekly exfoliation
Once every week, exfoliate the skin to remove dead skin cells and promote younger, healthier skin. You can use homemade scrubs like a mixture of brown sugar and olive oil and rub it gently on the patches. Wash it off with cool water and some mild cleanser or soap. Regular use can give great results. Do talk to a dermatologist regarding chemical peels or microdermabrasion. These treatments reverse sun damage in older skin which leads to white age spots.
9. Topical treatments
In some cases, topical treatments like the use of steroidal creams, tretinoin and liquid nitrogen therapy can be useful in getting rid of white patches.
In addition to using these 9 ways to get rid of white spots on skin due to fungal infections or sun damage, you must also follow sun safety. Cover yourself with a scarf or hat and also use a sunscreen with high UV rays protection. This will prevent new white spots and patches.