Hyperpigmentation : how to treat it ?
Hyperpigmentation is one of the most common skincare concerns there is and eliminating it is no easy feat. It takes effort and it can be a confusing journey to get to the root of your hyperpigmentation and find the right ways to treat it. So we have created this guide to help you understand hyperpigmentation better and learn how you can fix it.
What is hyperpigmentation?
Hyperpigmentation is a term used to describe the spots or patches of skin that are darker in color than the rest of the skin. It is a condition that touches every skin type and age but is more common in darker skin tones as it is due to excess melanin production following bouts of inflammation. There are two different types of hyperpigmentation, localized ( dark spots, sun spots) or diffuse (large areas of hyperpigmentation, for example around the chin and mouth area).
What are the causes of hyperpigmentation ?
Hyperpigmentation is caused by an increase in melanin production.This excess production of melanin can have many triggers : genetic, hormonal and environmental.
How to treat it?
To give you a better idea of treatment for hyperpigmentation , we asked Jade Somé, esthetician and founder of the Heresso Institut about it. She said “ in general, hyperpigmentation is very long to treat, so the best thing to do is to act in prevention” She continued saying “ It is recommended to use sunscreen”.
Indeed, protecting your skin from sun exposure with sunscreen and protective clothing like hats is one of the easier ways to manage hyperpigmentation and avoid oxidative stress.
Our favorite sunscreen is the Unsun Cosmetics SPF 30
You can also prevent hyperpigmentation by proper treatment of wounds, post inflammatory dark spots and pimple care. Did we mention that not picking pimples helps?
Our favorite way to do so is by using the Divine Night Spot treatment by Nebedai , a natural anti-blemish night time solution applied to reduce inflammation without irritating the skin.
Jade also added that it is also recommended to have a skincare “ routine adapted to counter the overproduction of melanin”.Your routine should favor serums or creams with ingredients that are very effective against hyperpigmentation. She named “Retinoids, Niacinamide, some acids like glycolic, lactic or salicylic acid, Ahas and Vitamin C” as ingredients to look for when trying to treat hyperpigmentation.
Our must-haves packed with hyperpigmentation fighting ingredients are :
-The Night Cream by Melyon with Retinol
-The Forte Collagen Retinol Moisturizer by Freya + Bailey with Retinol & AHAs.
- The Doyenne AHA Brightening Serum by Freya + Bailey.
For a more natural alternative, we love the Natural Cleansing Oil and Brightening Night Balm by Epara. Both are made with Licorice Root Extract and Plankton Extract, ingredients renowned for their brightening and pigmentation regulating properties.
The most important thing to remember when struggling with hyperpigmentation is that patience and consistency are the real keys to the change you want to see but more important than that, while on the road to the skin of your dreams, don’t forget to love the skin you are in.
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