Home Remedies for Hyperpigmentation :: A DIY Skin Brightening Facial Mask

How to make your own skin brightening facial mask. Recipe by Frugally Sustainable.

Before having babies and moving to the desert, I had beautiful skin.

But about four years ago, the skin on my face started showing signs of hyperpigmentation…and it really started to bother me! So I set out on a mission to find a natural remedy, something I could make and use at home. And here’s what I discovered.

An Overview of Hyperpigmentation

According to the American Heritage Medical Dictionary:

hyperpigmentation  hy·per·pig·men·ta·tion (hī’pər-pĭg’mən-tā’shən)
Excess pigment in a tissue or body part.

A disorder of the skin by which certain areas become unevenly dark, discolored, and patchy.

Hyperpigmentation is in fact a result of the body’s effort to protect itself from damage — and appears due to the excessive production of melanin.

Although the disorder is occasionally associated with:

  • prescription drug use
  • pregnancy
  • hormonal imbalances
  • cigarette smoking
  • adrenal fatigue

…hyperpigmentation is generally caused by over-exposure to the sun.

This can occur on almost any part of the body. However, it most often affects the skin of the face. It can make the skin look uneven — and may cause the person to which it is occurring to become a little self-conscious.

A number of conventional treatment options are available. You could:

  • see a dermatologist
  • use prescription and non-prescription skin bleaching topical applications
  • treat with lasers, chemical peels, or light treatments

However, if you wish to treat hyperpigmentation naturally and effectively — without the use of harsh, chemical-laden products — then try this herbal clay skin brightening mask. The recipe is as follows.

How to make a skin brightening facial mask.

How to make a skin brightening facial mask.

Skin Brightening Facial Mask





  1. In a glass or wooden bowl add all dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
  2. Add the essential oils.
  3. Slowly add your liquid of choice until a thick — yet smooth — paste has formed. Note: Yogurt has tons of lactic acid — perfect for decreasing the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Raw honey is also super beneficial in the treatment of this condition!
  4. Apply to face for 10-15 minutes. Note: I never allow my mask to dry. I like to continually mist my face with a floral hydrosol throughout the 10-15 minutes.
  5. Remove with warm water and a washcloth.
  6. Use mask once a week.

Where Can I Get This Stuff?

Mountain Rose Herbs…they have everything you’ll need for this remedy! It’s your one-stop-shop!

-Click the following links to search for a local raw honey source www.localharvest.org and www.honeylocator.com Or you can purchase it online through the Bulk Herb Store by clicking this link.

The Bulk Herb Store also carries many of these ingredients if you’d like to price check.

Make your own Brighten Clay Facial Mask by Frugally Sustainable

Brighten Clay Mask, $7, Frugally Sustainable’s Herbal Marketplace

Do you have a love for natural body care products…
 …but just don’t have the time for another DIY?
Or perhaps you’d like to sample this
remedy before purchasing all of the ingredients?

 Click over to my Etsy shop
— Frugally Sustainable’s Herbal Marketplace —

and check out the listing for this handcrafted
Brighten Clay Mask 

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  1. Over the last two years my face has developed patches of hyperpigmentation; thanks for the tips.

  2. Laura/Readerwoman says:

    I am an old fart with developing age spots on hands and face, and I am hoping this will work for me. Thanks so much!

  3. How has this recipe worked for you?

  4. I remember one tv show mentioned licorice extract as a remedy for pigmentation issues. In fact, there are several brands of skin lightener that contain licorice extract. Sandalwood is another ingredient for dark spot treatment that has been mentioned by beauty bloggers. Maybe this mask can work too.

  5. Most of the ingredients are commonly used to lighten dark spots. I have not tried your recipe. Maybe it will fade my melasma.

  6. I definitely spent way too much time in the sun when I was younger. My skin was alright until I had my daughter and moved to Colorado. It all went downhill from there (pun intended). After the pregnancy I developed the classic “mask of pregnancy”, or chloasma. I’ve been to the dermatologist & of course they just wanted to sell me hundreds of dollars worth of chemical treatments. I just couldn’t do it. I’ve tried various skin brighteners and they all seem to have the same effect. They cause acne, which in turn causes more dark spots. It’s a vicious cycle! I’m looking forward to trying this mask. Thanks for sharing your recipes. I feel like I’ve found a goldmine when I stumbled upon your site.

  7. Do you have a direct link to the sandalwood powder??? I am not finding it on Mountain Rose Herbs. Thank you!! I am really excited to try this recipe.

  8. clicked on the link and it says product unavailable – can you please email me? i would like to purchase

  9. i have licorice powder so can I just mix licorice powder with milk to make a paste and apply on skin

  10. This will be actually good. Thanks and even continue the great labor of love…

  11. Wonderful web site. Plenty of helpful info here. I am sending it to some pals
    ans additionally sharing in delicious. And of course, thank you to your effort!

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