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!