Hyperpigmentation, also called age spots or liver spots, occurs when an area of skin becomes much darker than the skin around it. Although hyperpigmentation can show up anywhere, it usually presents on areas that get a lot of sunlight, such as the hands or face. Even though the condition is typically harmless, hyperpigmentation can still be bothersome, so try these 8 natural remedies to clear up your skin.
Aloe vera gel has soothing antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that support the skin without disturbing its natural balance. Apply it to hyperpigmented skin to slough away the dead skin cells and promote new cell growth.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is full of different kinds of acids that will bleach dark spots on the skin. Make sure you use apple cider vinegar and not any other kind of vinegar, as the acid in other vinegars may dry out your skin.
In order to support your skin, make sure to gently exfoliate it several times a week. Frequent exfoliation removes dead skin cells and supports the growth of new skin cells, which can even out dark spots over time.
Making a face mask out of plain, full-fat yogurt can help lighten and soften skin over time. It contains probiotics and lactic acid to fight bacteria and bleach dark spots.
The highly-concentrated citric acid found in lemon juice helps to bleach the skin naturally. The vitamin C also helps protect the skin from further UV damage.
Using the peel from an orange is an easy and fragrant way to lighten the skin naturally. The orange peel contains citric acid and vitamin C, which bleaches dark spots and protects the skin from further damage.
Use the juice from a papaya or make a mask from mashed papaya to lighten hyperpigmentation. Papaya contains enzymes that exfoliate dead skin cells and encourage cellular regeneration.
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Potatoes contain an enzyme that naturally lightens skin. Slice a raw potato and apply the slices to dark spots in order to lighten skin over time.
There are many common household items that can help lighten hyperpigmentation over time. Using these natural remedies are a quick and easy way to lighten and even out the skin over time, without expensive trips to the dermatologist.
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