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9 Natural Remedies for Hyperpigmentation

• Jul 12, 2015

Black woman putting on face lotion

by Lisa Jean-Francois of Lisa a La Mode

Very few of us are blessed to survive a pimple without some left over repercussions. Even if I don’t touch my pimples while they are alive, upon their eventual demise I am always left with a dark spot that will literally take 6 months to a year to fade if I’m not proactive with a die-hard anti-hyper pigmentation skincare routine. With the rising cost of medical insurance and co-payments, if I can avoid a visit to the doctor for any reason, I do. Hyper pigmentation, thankfully, is one the few conditions that can be cured at home using stuff you have in the kitchen. Here are a few of my favorite natural remedies for hyper pigmentation:

1. Water. Yup. You can’t avoid it. It’s good for you and good for your skin. I definitely don’t drink 8 glasses a day, and I think I read somewhere that not everyone needs that much, but drink a lot of it to keep your skin hydrated which is essential in the cell renewal process.

2. Lemon. Just squeeze a few drops spots onto the affected areas on your skin, leave it on for about 15 minutes, and then wash it off and apply your moisturizer with sun screen.

3. Raw Potato. Cut up few slices, wet with a few drops of water, and then rub into affected areas. Leave it on your skin for about 10 minutes then wash off and apply your moisturizer with sun screen.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar. I swear ACV is the cure for everything and everything. ACV is also a great astringent as well skin-lightening agent. Just mix equal parts AVC and water, pour onto a cotton ball, and apply to affected area. Leave on for a few minutes, rinse, and apply your moisturizer with sun screen.

5. Turmeric. Mix Turmeric powder with water and honey and you’ve got a great skin mask that will not only help on balancing/exfoliating your skin, but will also help eliminate hyper pigmentation.

6. Strawberries and Oranges are both rich in Vitamin C, an essential nutrient in skin renewal. If want new and fresher looking skin, take some freshly squeezed orange juice (or powdered orange peel), mix it with a strawberry paste and apply it to your skin as a mask. The strawberry seeds are small and gently enough to act as gentle exfoliate as well, so feel free to gently rub it into your skin. Let it sit for 15 minutes, and then wash it off and apply your moisturizer with sun screen.

7. Milk (or Yogurt) and Honey. Honey, like ACV has a million and one health benefits for your body including your skin. Lactic Acid, found in milk, helps to slough off dead skin. Combined these two are great agents in the battle against hyper pigmentation.

8. Tomato. Tomato acts a natural bleaching agent. Apply directly to your skin, leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse off and apply your moisturizer with sunscreen.

9. Bentonite clay. Mix powdered bentointe clay with a few dashes of apple cider vinegar. Apply to you face as a mask and let the magic ensue. This stuff is amazing at pulling out toxins, exfoliating, and improving the overall appearance of your skin.

10. Blueberries. Hyper pigmentation is often caused by acne. Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and great for keeping acne at bay. Ingest them daily, or apply to your skin as a mask.

Do you have any natural hyperpigmentation remedies? Share them below!

About Lisa Jean Francois

I'm a Lipstick-obsessed Journalist and Fashion Blogger. You can find me over on my blog or youtube channel swatching lippies and strutting around in 5-inch heels. I'm a also a brand coach, specializing in video marketing and digital brand development. Find me @lisaalamode.

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Luis Rondon
Luis Rondon
6 years ago

Moringa has been found to possess anti-ageing properties. The effect of free radicals on human skin causes the appearance of wrinkles and makes the skin aged and less resistant to lines. Moringa has excellent cleansing ability which aids in cleaning the skin cells of free radicals and restoring the vitality and youthful complexion of the skin.

This might be something you might look into to add to your current ingredients. Feel free to visit for additional information. Great article by the way.

6 years ago

None of these “natural” remedies fade hyperpigmentation. Lemon juice causes phytophotodermatitis (do a Google image search).

To fade hyperpigmentation:

- wear sunscreen with SPF 30 minimum daily, all year round (avoid zinc oxide & titanium dioxide to avoid white cast)
— use AHA exfoliants (products with glycolic acid, lactic acid, etc.)
— use treatments (products with hydroquinone, azelaic acid, niacinamide, l‑ascorbic acid, nacetylglucosamine, undecyl phenylalanine, etc.)
— use retinoids (tretinoin, adapalene, etc.)

A multifaceted approach is best as hyperpigmentation is hard to treat.

Vanessa Epée
Vanessa Epée
6 years ago

white rice powder, bearberry oil which contain arbutin a lightening skin agent who is not dangerous compare to hydroquinone, manuka honey, cucumber and liquorice use in ayurveda. hope it help

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