July 20 2021
Hyperpigmentation might be one of the most common skin concerns that we encounter among our community. We get asked so many questions about its causes and solutions so today we want to dedicate a separate post on hyperpigmentation. What active ingredients are the best for treating uneven skin tone? How to reverse the effects of sun damage? What skincare mistakes might be causing skin pigmentation? Read our article until the end to find out!
What is Hyperpigmentation?
Simply put, hyperpigmentation describes areas of uneven pigment on our skin. These are the dark spots on our skin that make our complexion appear blemished and uneven. Essentially, melanin is the natural pigment that gives our skin and hair its colour! Hyperpigmentation happens when our melanin goes into a state of overproduction. That's why we get these uneven areas in our skin that are darker than our natural skin tone. A number of factors cause this overproduction of melanin - inflammation, hormones, aging, and most of all, overexposure to the sun! Melanin is our body's defense against the sun's UV rays, but overexposure disrupts the process and gives us sunspots.
Luckily, we have a few little tricks and tips to help protect your skin against hyperpigmentation so you can have a clear, even and glowing complexion:
Protect your skin from hyperpigmentation
The Sun is Shinin’
We love a bright sunny day just as much as the next person but when it comes to protecting against hyperpigmentation your best bet is to avoid direct sunlight as much as possible! Too much sun exposure speeds up the aging of your skin and is the cause of unwanted dark spots. Therefore, we suggest that if you are going to be out in the sun that you wear a hat that will give your face some shade!
Sunscreen - The Right Stuff
Sunscreen should not be treated like a one-size-fits-all product! So, when it comes to sunscreen, it is very important to do the proper research and make sure you’re buying one that is right for your skin type.
The ingredients in your everyday skincare solution can make all the difference in helping to even out the natural complexion of your skin! To help treat hyperpigmentation, be on the lookout for products that use the following ingredients:
- Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
- Tranexamic Acid
- Diglucosyl Gallic Acid
Day & Night
The battle against hyperpigmentation is won at night! For the best results it is vital to incorporate a night-time routine that will help to break the “memory bond” of hyperpigmentation. We suggest using skin brighteners that target dark spots in a safe, non-toxic and effective way.
The Bottom Line
There are such big misconceptions about what hyperpigmentation is, and what the best ways are to treat it are. Unfortunately, many people turn to products that are going to be skin bleaching/whitening to solve this problem. Just so we're clear; we are firmly against any products like that for two big reasons. Firstly, any product that claims to bleachyour skin is dangerous. They're made with toxins that can cause side effects and further skin concerns that could be potentially detrimental. Secondly, the answer to fixing your skin's hyperpigmentation is not lightening your skin tone all together! The goal is to treat the over-pigmented areas so that they match your natural skin tone. Ideally, leaving you with a beautifully even complexion that reflects your skin's natural levels of melanin.
So, with these tips, we’re confident you can clear up your hyperpigmentation, and reveal that radiant skin that lies beneath!