Hyperpigmentation or age spots, liver spots, and acne scars, cause a lot of insecurity in people who suffer from it. Although this condition is harmless, according to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, anyone who’s suffered from dark skin patches knows how much discomfort and stress it entails.
According to the AOCD, hyperpigmentation occurs when melanin, the brown pigment which produces normal skin color, begins forming deposits in the skin. The reasons behind this can be sun damage and inflammation due to acne scarring and skin-picking.
There are a lot of dermatological products sold on the market for the reduction of the symptoms of hyperpigmentation but not everyone is able to afford them. Luckily, there are natural remedies that are affordable and highly effective. Take a look at some of them:
Raw potato slices
As seen on Rapid Home Remedies, potatoes are full of nutrients like B vitamins that ease the renewal of skin cells, and niacinamide-rich in skin-lightening properties. According to Rapid Home Remedies, you need to rub a slice of raw potato over your face 3 to 4 times per day for 10 minutes.
According to Holistic Health Herbalist, yogurt is rich in lactic acid, gentle but effective natural form of hydroxyl acid which acts as a skin exfoliator, skin softener, and lightener. Apply plain yogurt onto the affected areas and leave it like that for 20 minutes before rinsing it off.
As written in an article by Skin Disease Remedies, aloe Vera gel eliminates dead skin cells and improves the regeneration of new cells. In order to treat hyperpigmentation with aloe Vera, you need to extract the gel from aloe Vera leaves and use it as a nightly mask. For optimal results, combine manuka honey with aloe Vera gel.
Apple cider vinegar
According to Health Ambitions, acv can make your skin clear and glowing. Namely, it is very beneficial for the treatment of dark spots. Apply it directly onto the affected areas with the help of a cotton ball. Do this on a regular basis for a month. If you have a sensitive skin, don’t forget to dilute the vinegar with some water.
As seen on Holistic Health Herbalist, turmeric possesses anti-inflammatory properties and thanks to it, hyperpigmentation can be resolved within weeks. For this purpose, prepare a natural mask from raw honey, full-fat yogurt, aloe Vera, and lemon juice.