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3 Glycolic Acid Remedies for Melasma & Dark Spots

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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

Although plain white sugar can satisfy your sweet tooth, consuming too much of it can have negative consequences on your skin. Regardless of how it’s consumed (a sugary sweet, a flavorful drink, or raw), sugar can increase the inflammation in your body, which can make you more vulnerable to developing acne, signs of premature aging, melasma, hyperpigmentation, and dark spots. If you must use any form of sugar, at least make it brown sugar. It’s less processed than white sugar and, as a result, won’t wreak as much havoc on your complexion (used only in moderation, of course!).

However, using brown sugar on your skin is another matter entirely. In fact, we want to encourage you to use brown sugar externally because it can help you exfoliate your skin and even out your skin tone. Keep reading to learn 3 brown sugar glycolic acid home remedies that can help you fade the appearance of melasma, hyperpigmentation, and dark spots. If you’ve been wondering what you should do with the container of brown sugar lying in your pantry, now you know that you can exfoliate your skin with it!

1. Brown Sugar Glycolic Acid DIY to Minimize Melasma & Hyperpigmentation

Each of the remedies listed in this article contains glycolic acid, a natural compound found in brown sugar. What makes glycolic acid so special? Well, glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that can speed up the rate of cell turnover and exfoliate your skin. Though all alpha hydroxy acids can exfoliate your skin to some degree, glycolic acid has the smallest molecular size. As such, glycolic acid is able to deeply penetrate your skin and promote cell turnover on a larger scale, potentially more so than other alpha hydroxy acids. By using glycolic acid, your melasma, hyperpigmentation, and/or dark spots may start to look less pronounced in no time at all. 

Glycolic acid is a mainstay in chemical peels, but those chemical peels may backfire and leave your skin with more marks, blemishes, and/or dark spots. (You can learn more about the side effects of chemical peels by clicking here.) However, because glycolic acid is found in brown sugar, now you know that you can make your own glycolic acid DIY remedy at home, one that is all-natural and free of harsh chemicals!

Ingredients

1 tbsp. of powdered brown sugar
½ tsp. of aloe juice or gel
Rosewater, as needed

Instructions

Mix the brown sugar and aloe together. Add enough rosewater to the mixture until you get a paste.
Apply the paste and leave it on for 15 minutes.
Wash the paste off with warm water. Follow with your toner serum, and lotion
Use 1 to 2 times a week.

“I use this [Nut Shell Facial Scrub] every day. I love how it exfoliates the skin and makes you look clean and fresh. I absolutely love this. I highly recommend this product.”

2. Brown Sugar Glycolic Acid Home DIY to Exfoliate Your Skin Naturally

Another reason why brown sugar can be used to fade melasma, hyperpigmentation, and dark spots on your skin is that it is composed of minute crystals. These crystals can gently slough off the dead cells on the upper layers of your skin, allowing newer skin cells to surface. This, when combined with the natural glycolic acid found in brown sugar, can encourage a greater level of exfoliation without any skin irritation. With regular use, those marks and spots may start to disappear from your skin and it may start to look more even. Whether you gently scrub your skin with it or leave it on as a mask, brown sugar can help you achieve a more stunning complexion.

Ingredients

1 tbsp. of powdered brown sugar
⅛ tsp. of turmeric powder
Apple juice, as needed

Instructions

Mix the brown sugar and turmeric together. Add enough apple juice to the mixture until you get a paste.
Apply the paste and leave it on for 15 minutes.
Wash it off with warm water. Follow with a daily skin care routine based on your skin type. Click here to find out what your skin type is.
Use 1 to 2 times a week.

3. Brown Sugar & Turmeric Home Remedy to Get Glowing, Even Skin

We don’t have to rely on just brown sugar to eliminate the appearance of melasma, hyperpigmentation, and dark spots. Since we’re creating a glycolic acid home remedy, we can add in other natural ingredients that are time-tested and gentle on our skin. One such ingredient is turmeric. Turmeric is a well-respected Ayurvedic natural ingredient that is one of our favorites. It has been used for thousands of years to fade the appearance of unevenness and increase skin glow. This is likely due to the curcumin compound, which is an antioxidant and anti-aging powerhouse Using brown sugar and turmeric together is an awesome idea, especially if you want to get even, radiant skin.

Ingredients

1 tbsp. of powdered brown sugar
⅛ tsp. of turmeric powder
⅛ tsp. of baking soda
Rosewater, as needed

Instructions

Mix the brown sugar, turmeric, and baking soda together. Add enough rosewater to the mixture until you get a runny paste.br> Apply and leave the paste on for 15 minutes.
Wash it off with warm water. Then use your toner, serum, andlotion
Use 1 to 2 times a week.

Notes

If you’re looking for a sugar-based beauty product to exfoliate your skin, look no further than Apsara Skin Care’s Papaya & Sugar Mask

Here is another brown sugar glycolic acid home remedy that you can use to firm up your skin and help it look more radiant. This remedy also contains green tea and cacao. Enjoy and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel!

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Go natural. It is good karma!