Hyperpigmentation and how to tackle it!

Updated: Dec 21, 2021

For the record, I think freckles are absolutely lovely, and while they are not the only form of hyperpigmentation that the majority of people have, they, like so many others who suffer from hyperpigmentation, simply want an even skin complexion.

It's no secret that hyperpigmentation is the bane of our life, and we're constantly searching for the holy grail treatment that will give us the clear, uniform skin tone we crave. As a result, you may find yourself reaching for a bottle of full-coverage foundation rather than confidence. Despite my love for a good foundation, I don't want to feel like I'm always concealing my skin, instead, I'd want to be comfortable in my own skin.

Hyperpigmentation treatment can feel like navigating a minefield when you add in the controversies surrounding problematic bleaching creams, the ambiguity surrounding terms like "lightening, brightening, and whitening," which are frequently used interchangeably, and the wide variety of products all promising the world.

Understanding Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is a phrase that is commonly used to describe any form of apparent dark discoloration on the skin. It is one of the most common cosmetic concerns among women who have more melanated skin tones, and it is particularly prevalent among women with darker skin tones.

It generally develops as a consequence of an injury or inflammation (for example, breakouts, excessive sun exposure, ingrown hairs, allergic responses, or picking at your skin), which causes the skin to overproduce melanin as a result of the injury or inflammation.

As a result, darker skin might be more sensitive to inflammation, and hyperpigmentation can be more difficult to cure since the markings have a higher concentration of pigment and take longer to disappear.

Hyperpigmentation treatment

Treatment of hyperpigmentation is a cooperative process.  The use of a single miraculous remedy to effectively remove all of your dark marks is not recommended. As a result, a multi-pronged treatment is frequently required, which includes protecting the skin from sun exposure using a high-level broad spectrum SPF of at least 30.

Antioxidants are effective in preventing environmental damage and the development of new hyperpigmentation. Using treatment solutions that contain tyrosinase (an enzyme involved in pigment formation) blocking chemicals to combat pigmentation and prevent excess melanin production can help to fade the dark spots over time.

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What Is A Good Hyperpigmentation Skincare Routine?

A decent hyperpigmentation skincare regimen should also contain an excellent cleanser that thoroughly cleanses the skin and removes impurities. Hydrating products that keep the skin moisturized while also protecting the skin's moisture barrier.

Chemical exfoliation products are used to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. Vitamin A supplements to increase collagen formation, as well as further professional treatments if at all feasible, are required to see change.

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