Age spots. Liver spots. Acne scars. These are all forms of hyperpigmentation, which leave so many of us feeling a bit insecure about the overall appearance of our complexions. While the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology calls hyperpigmentation “a common, usually harmless condition in which patches of skin become darker in color than the normal surrounding skin,” anyone who’s suffered from dark spots knows how distressing this common discoloration can be.
The AOCD explains that hyperpigmentation occurs when “an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin color, forms deposits in the skin.” This can be caused by factors such as sun damage and inflammation from skin-picking and acne scarring.
While there are many expensive dermatological formulas on the market to help reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, there are also a lot of nifty natural remedies to try at home. Let’s take a look.
1. Raw potato slices
According to Rapid Home Remedies, potatoes are chock-full of nutrients, including B vitamins, which facilitate skin cell renewal, as well as niacinamide, known for its skin-lightening properties. (Who would’ve thought something as ordinary as a potato could be so dynamic?)
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