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Hyperpigmentation is a skin condition that causes the skin to darken unevenly. This can be caused by sun damage, acne scars, and even stress.
Hyperpigmentation occurs when the body produces too much melanin or if melanocytes produce more of it than usual in response to an injury or trauma. This overproduction of hyper-melanin may lead to discoloration on the skin, which results in dark spots that are difficult to conceal with makeup.
Our anti-hyperpigmentation products help reduce the appearance of dark spots without causing irritation or burning sensation on your skin. These natural ingredients are safe for all skin types and have been proven to work effectively against hyperpigmentation issues without causing any side effects like redness, dryness and peeling off your face.
Hyperpigmentation is the skin's response to numerous triggers, some of which are unavoidable (e.g. aging and photoaging , pregnancy), while others are caused by our actions (e.g. acne vulgaris , picking or popping pimples). Hyperpigmentation can also be triggered by topical products that are not .
Hyperpigmentation can originate from inside the body, in which case it's referred to as dermal hyperpigmentation. It can also be triggered by external factors, in which case it is called epidermal hyperpigmentation. Lastly, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) arises after injury or inflammation of the skin.
If you're struggling with stubborn hyperpigmentation, here are a few tips to help you better manage your skin:
- Limit inflammation In this context, "inflammation" refers to the redness and swelling associated with acne lesions as well as other inflammatory disorders such as rosacea. Hyperpigmentation is the skin's response to inflammation. If you have existing pigmentation issues, managing acne and flares can help prevent further hyperpigmentation.
- Use sun protection Hyperpigmentation brought on by the sun is very common among darker-skinned individuals including Latinos, Asians, African Americans, etc., so sunscreen becomes essential not only for preventing further hyperpigmentation, but also for protecting against photoaging and skin cancer.
- Don't pick or pop your pimple Yes, it can be tempting when you have a clogged pore full of white/blackheads and sebum (especially in the mornings when the sebum is more liquid-y and easier to express), but this can cause the pore to scar and prolong the hyperpigmentation.
- Avoid products that cause irritation or allergic reactions Hyperpigmentation can be a symptom of an allergic reaction, so if you're experiencing any type of allergy (itchy skin, bumpy skin, redness around your eyes/cheeks/neck), avoiding association with the allergen might be necessary to prevent further pigmentation.
- Reduce internal inflammation Many internal factors such as food allergies , autoimmune diseases, and cardiovascular disease can cause or contribute to skin conditions including acne vulgaris and hyperpigmentation. If you suspect that an underlying internal factor is triggering your skin issues, it's best to check in with your doctor.
- Balance your hormones Hormonal imbalances such as those caused by birth control pills and pregnancy can cause or worsen skin issues including acne and hyperpigmentation. If you're on hormonal birth control, changes in dosage and/or formulations (e.g., switching to a lower-dose or non-hormonal form of birth control) or stopping birth control altogether may help with your skin. Similarly, if you suspect that pregnancy is causing your acne , you might want to speak to your OB/GYN about the best course of action for you, but keep in mind that pregnancy can cause or worsen many skin conditions including acne and hyperpigmentation.
- Add an anti-inflammatory supplement to your skincare regimen If you're struggling with existing hyperpigmentation issues, adding an antioxidant-rich anti-inflammatory supplement such as those containing vitamin C , vitamin E, ferulic acid , azelaic acid , etc., can help.
- Consider prescription treatments If you have stubborn hyperpigmentation issues, talk to your dermatologist about the best course of treatment for you. Your dermatologist can help determine if a topical prescription product is necessary or whether an oral medication might be helpful in addition to topical treatments. Always use sun protection when using tretinoin, azeliac acid, and other topical prescription products. If you're not sure about a new product or ingredient, check with your doctor to make sure it's suitable for you before using it.
- Don't use too many skin lighteners at once If you have hyperpigmentation issues, it can be tempting to pick up every brightening product on the shelf—but this can actually make your issues worse! Many skin-lightening products contain ingredients that cause irritation, so using too many of them at once will lead to inflammation and an increased chance of developing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
- Speak with a dermatologist about lasers or other light therapies Just like it's easy for skin to become irritated and inflamed from using too many skin lighteners, hyperpigmentation can worsen when exposed to certain wavelengths of light. Lasers, IPL , and other types of phototherapy are designed to reduce inflammation surrounding hyperpigmented areas and encourage your body to produce less melanin. Speak with a dermatologist to learn more about the best type of phototherapy for your skin.