Hyperpigmentation is a very common condition in which patches of skin become darker in color than the normal surrounding skin. Though usually harmless, this darkening can occur when an excess amount of melanin (the brown pigment that produces our normal skin color) forms large deposits in the skin. There are several medical conditions that can cause hyperpigmentation, and for those we suggest you see a doctor.

However, if your hyperpigmentation is caused by dryness, and not an underlying medical condition, then I’d like to share the remedy that finally helped me tame the darkening skin on my ankles.

First, I have discovered that regular exfoliation of the skin, not only on our face, but our bodies as well, can ward off a plethora of skin conditions, including acne and hyperpigmentation.

About a year ago I started an intense routine of exfoliation, followed by Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother and finally moisturization. This routine has greatly improved the skin on my ankles, so much so, I tried it on my bumpy elbows and have had even greater success. The unsightly dark bumps on my elbows are almost completely gone, and showing off my arms without feeling self-conscious is no longer a problem for me.

My routine is simple, inexpensive, and I hope it works as well for you as it has for me.

Step 1.  Cleanse your skin with Black Soap using a Salux Exfoliating Cloth.

Step 2. Pat skin dry and then use a cotton ball to apply Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother. If you plan to leave your house and don’t want to smell like vinegar, then rinse and apply a non-comedogenic moisturizer like My Everything Cream.

Step 3. Follow Step 2 at night, but do not rinse away the vinegar or apply a moisturizer.

Finally, feel free to apply a moisturizer to your ankles as often as you like during the day. Keeping dry, hyper-pigmented skin moisturized and supple is key to alleviating the dryness, which is the root cause of the hyperpigmentation.

FYI, for the bumpy skin on my elbows, I chose not to use a moisturizer at all. This was a personal choice. However, you can use a moisturizer if you choose to, so long as it does not include pore-clogging ingredients.

And to our dear readers, if you choose to follow this routine, please feel free to update us on your results. We'd love to feature you here on our site.
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Apply it every night before bed, Rae Colon.


How often to apply act Mother’s full treatment

Rae Colon

Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother is just that. It can be found in your supermarket and it will say “with the mother” on the label. ACV with the Mother is easy to recognize as it is very cloudy and full of lots of stuff floating around in it. Google the term and you can see for yourself and even buy it online. ACV with the Mother is used for lots of things. It’s amazing :)


What is applying apple cider vinegar with the mother? What is the mother? Where do I get a salux exfoliating cloth?


After exfoliating with the Salux I use a half and half concoction of ACV and fractionated cocnut oil. Works wonderfully.


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