[title subtitle=”Said Lady Macbeth and every girl ever”]Out, damn spot![/title] Have you been frowning at your hyperpigmentation spots in the mirror? I know I have. With summer fast approaching and the weather warming up, the last thing I want to do is cake on a load of foundation.

While I find myself yearning to use sheerer BB Creams, I know, in the deepest part of my heart, that no matter how much I will them to cover up my dark spots, they simply can’t and won’t do my spotty complexion justice. Unless I resort to thicker foundation formulas, there’s no hiding how I somehow still like the 102th Dalmatian.

So, makeup aside, I’ve ventured into the realm of homeopathic remedies to alleviate my ailment. So here ya go, thought I’d share what I learned:

[title subtitle=”And how do you get it?”]What is Hyperpigmentation?[/title]

Hyperpigmentation is the darkening of an area of skin caused by the overproduction of melanin. It can come in the form of freckles, sun spots, age spots, liver spots and melasma—hormone induced splotchiness. Triggered by anything from overexposure to the sun to picking at the skin, hyperpigmentation is usually a cosmetic nuisance to those who have it.

That said, the nuisance does not discriminate. While it tends to appear on the face and the hands more so than the rest of the body, it really can pop up anywhere. Unfortunately, there is no cure for the darkening. There are, instead, options to treat the blemish.

On that note, hyperpigmentation is not to be mistaken for acne scars. The easiest way to tell a post-inflammatory hypigmentation mark from an acne scar is to see if it fades or not over time.

[title subtitle=”Blemishes be gone”]Treatments[/title]

There are numerous over-the-counter creams, chemical peels, and facial treatments known to improve hyperpigmentation but if those chemically-loaded products aren’t quite your style, here are some natural kitchen-sourced remedies that equally effective.

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Potatoes house a treasure of nutrients: vitamins B and C, minerals like potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosophrus, and zinc, as well as essential fatty acids and phytochemicals. The sugar, starches, and vitamin C present in potatoes can be used to exfoliate dead skin cells while the vitamin B present immediately encourages cell renewal.

Cut thick slices of potatoes wedges from a peeled potato and rub those slices on your skin for 8-10 minutes on areas where you have hyperpigmentation. If you feel that the potato is too dry, sprinkle water on the vegetable. Repeat this rubbing process up to 4 times a day for a month for results.

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Lemon juice is rich in antioxidants and antioxidants can help reduce the amount of melanin produced by your skin. Moreover, the citric acid found in lemon juice is also an amazing exfoliating agent.

Besides making a lemon, egg white, and brown sugar scrub that is 2 tablespoons brown shower, 1 egg’s worth of eggwhite, and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice mixed well, you can also incorporate the lemon juice solo, like a toner to a cotton pad, on the area of need. Leave the juice on for 10-15 minutes before washing it off with plain water. Repeat the step twice a day.

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If you didn’t already know *cough, cough, hint, hint*, turmeric is an anti-inflammatory agent equally perfect for exfoliating the skin. The spice’s curcumin component can fight off oxidative damage done by free radicals from harmful sun rays.

Make a turmeric-gramflour mask by combining 1/2 a teaspoon of turmeric powder with 2-3 tablespoons of gramflour, add 1/2 a teaspoon of oil (almond or olive), 1/2 a teaspoon of milk, and 1/2 a teaspoon of lemon juice. Mix well before applying and letting dry on the affected area. Once doing so, wet your hands and rub the paste in circular motions before rising off with lukewarm water. Repeat this treatment 2-3 times a week.

Note: Take care when using, turmeric stains.

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Aloe vera gel promotes the regeneration of new skin cells. The mucilaginous polysaccharides in the plant are known to moisturize and clean.

With the help of cotton pads or simply your fingers, apply aloe vera gel to the affected area and leave overnight. Wash off in the morning and repeat this procedure every night before going to bed.