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10 Natural Home Remedies to Fade Hyperpigmentation of Skin

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Sheetal Rawal, Founder, Apsara Skin Care

Left: Sheetal Rawal, scientist (human genetics) & founder of Apsara Skin Care

By: Marty S.

Home remedies by Sheetal Rawal

Hyperpigmentation is a skin condition that is known by many other names, for example, melasma, freckles, and age spots. Some people develop hyperpigmentation due to genetics. For others, it is because of hormones. Whatever the case, sun exposure can both cause and augment the effects of hyperpigmentation. As a result, it can often be daunting to go outside in the sun; if your skin has a tendency to develop hyperpigmentation, you never really know when it may occur. I guess that’s why sun hats are so popular.

If you want to avoid laser treatments or synthetic prescription creams, natural ingredients like oranges and castor oil can help reduce the effects of hyperpigmentation, improve the look of your skin, and brighten your complexion.

1. Oranges to Improve the Look of Your Skin with Vitamin C

Antioxidants are one of the best compounds you can give to your body if you want to diminish areas affected by hyperpigmentation. They come in all different shapes and

Oranges for hyperpigmentation
sizes, but in general, antioxidants neutralize free radicals in the body and preserving the health of the cells. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant because it also helps with improving the cell regeneration rate, which allows new skin cells to come to the surface. Oranges are a great source of Vitamin C, and the peel of an orange has more Vitamin C than the fruit itself. Furthermore, oranges contain an alpha hydroxy acid called citric acid, a natural bleaching agent you can use to reduce the excess melanin in your skin and lighten your skin tone.

Ingredients

1 tbsp. of orange peel powder

5 drops of orange juice

Jojoba oil, as needed

Instructions

Mix orange peel powder and orange juice together. Add enough jojoba oil until you get a scrub.

Use the scrub on your face.

Wash off with warm water. Follow with serum and lotion.

Use 1 to 2 times a week.

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In lieu of orange peel powder, you can dry oranges in the sun until they are crisp and blend them.

2. Almonds to Fade Discoloration with Vitamin E

Speaking of antioxidants, Vitamin E is another great nutrient you can use to address hyperpigmentation. Vitamin E helps lighten the skin by maintaining the health of the skin and repairing damaged skin. Almonds are a great source of Vitamin E. Plus, almonds can provide a mild exfoliating effect when they are ground up into a coarse paste; this helps your newer skin cells come to surface more quickly.

Ingredients

1 tbsp. of smooth almond butter

Almond milk, as needed

Instructions

Put almond butter in a bowl. Add enough almond milk until you get the consistency of ketchup.

Apply the mixture onto your face. Massage with upward strokes for 3 minutes.

Leave on for 12 minutes. Wash off with warm water.

Follow with your serum and lotion. Use 1 to 2 times a week.

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Just like almonds, walnuts can exfoliate and provide glowing skin when used in a scrub.

“I’m really satisfied with the Acne Care Routine I’m using daily, and [my acne] has disappeared... I’ve got a lovely glow on my skin.”

3. Oatmeal to Exfoliate Dull Skin Cells & Fade Dark Spots

Often, hyperpigmented skin appears in the form of discolored dead skin cells that have hardened on your face. One way to alleviate hyperpigmentation in the form is by using an exfoliator. When you exfoliate your face, you are softening the skin, loosening up the dead skin cells on the surface, and spurring the growth of new skin cells. Oatmeal is a good exfoliator to use because of its texture. Oatmeal can also moisturize the skin and ensure it is hydrated and healthy.

Instructions

1 tbsp. of oat flour

1 tsp. of orange peel powder

1 tsp. of powdered brown sugar

Extra virgin olive oil, as needed

Instructions

Mix oat flour, orange peel powder, and powdered brown sugar together. Add enough extra virgin olive oil until you get a scrub.

Use the scrub on your face.

Wash off with warm water. Follow with your serum and lotion.

Use 1 to 2 times a week.

4. Potatoes for an Even Skin Tone

In addition to antioxidants, potatoes contain a special enzyme called catecholase. This enzyme helps lighten the skin tone when potatoes are in contact with the skin. Although

Potatoes for hyperpigmentation
you can use potato juice, potato pulp, or a potato slice on your skin, they must all come from raw potatoes. Potatoes are also a good source of Vitamin C and Vitamin B6, and these nutrients help maintain the health and look of your skin.

Instructions

1 tbsp. of fresh potato juice

6 drops of fresh lemon juice

1 tsp. of fresh aloe gel

Instructions

Mix ingredients together.

Apply the mixture onto your face. Massage with upward strokes for 3 minutes.

Leave on for 12 minutes. Wash off with warm water.

Follow with your serum and lotion. Use 1 to 2 times a week.