6 Ways To Prevent And Treat Hyperpigmentation

Worried about hyperpigmentation and dark spots? You're not alone. It's one of the most common skin concerns for people with melanin-rich skin. Usually caused by damage, inflammation and irritation, it can appear anywhere on your face or your body. Hyperpigmentation is completely normal and happens to almost everyone, but it isn't something you just have to live with. Eliminate dark spots with our curated edit of hyperpigmentation heroes to add into your routine:

 

What causes hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is caused by melanin, the natural pigment in your skin that determines its colour. Melanin is made by skin cells called melanocytes, and the more melanocytes you have the darker your skin tone.   These melanocytes in your skin can react to inflammation and damage to the skin, causing it to overproduce melanin. This leads to patches of skin that are darker than the skin around it, also known as hyperpigmentation. Melanin also absorbs UV rays, which can mean that hyperpigmentation looks darker after being outside in the sun.

Hyperpigmentation can appear anywhere on the body or the face and tends to show up after following breakouts, rashes, insect bites or cuts to the skin. It can also happen after piercings, injections, sun damage..


How to prevent hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation happens to almost everyone and is completely normal. Some people are naturally more prone to hyperpigmentation and darker spots, but there are ways that you can prevent hyperpigmentation from happening:

WEAR SPF

Everyone should wear SPF daily, regardless of how much melanin you have in your skin. While it’s true that melanin does give your skin slightly more protection, it doesn’t mean that your skin’s immune to sun damage - and sun exposure can cause inflammation and hyperpigmentation.

Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin from sun damage and premature ageing, and make sure you reapply throughout the day and apply to the parts of your body that the sun hits. That includes your hands, neck, chest, feet and arms.

Choose the right skincare

Not all skincare products are created equally. Some skincare products can cause irritation and inflammation, which is bad news when it comes to hyperpigmentation. Harsh scrubs, chemical peels and strong acids or active ingredients might not work well with your skin, so use gentle, effective ingredients on your skin - take a look at these skincare ingredients that work well for dark skin.


How to treat hyperpigmentation

If you’re already seeing signs of hyperpigmentation, then the first step is to work out what’s caused it so that you can take steps to prevent hyperpigmentation in future. The next step is to start using a sunscreen for Black skin that will keep your skin protected and stop your hyperpigmentation from becoming more visible.

You’ll also want to exfoliate your skin regularly - this doesn’t mean scrubbing at your skin with abrasive products or harsh ingredients, this could make it worse - to help brighten and even out your skin tone. Adding a gentle toner that uses glycolic acid, azelaic acid or kojic acid can work to gently slough away dead skin cells and pigmentation to reveal glowing, refreshed skin.

Adding a brightening, hydrating serum to your routine is a great way to even out skin tone and brighten up dark spots. Look for ingredients like vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide to smooth and hydrate the skin, leaving it looking more radiant. These ingredients can also help to protect and rebalance the skin’s natural barrier.

Retinol can also work to help reduce hyperpigmentation by increasing cell turnover on the surface of your skin, revealing fresh skin underneath. Retinols also stop collagen in your skin from breaking down and help to make the skin thicker, pressing pause on wrinkles and fine lines. For a retinol boost, try the Allies of Skin Retinal and Peptides Repair Night Cream to rejuvenate your skin and work on hyperpigmentation.

For severe hyperpigmentation, laser treatments or chemical peels carried out by a professional can seriously help your skin to glow up. Always do your research before you decide to take this step, and make sure you go to a dermatologist or aesthetics who knows how to work with Black skin. These treatments can be used on darker skin tones but it’s important that the right products, concentrations and types of laser are used to avoid damage.

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The perfect sunscreen for everyday use, this sunscreen dries completely clear, protecting your skin from sun damage, inflammation and hyperpigmentation.


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This nutrient rich formula gently exfoliates away dead skin cells for a more even skin tone, while also encouraging the skin's elasticity and firmness.


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This powerful serum contains vitamin C and Kakadu Plum extracts to support collagen production, reduce uneven pigmentation and protect the skin from damage.
 

Black Girl Sunscreen- Moisturising Sunscreen SPF 30 89ml | Candour Beauty

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This powerful serum contains vitamin C and Kakadu Plum extracts to support collagen production, reduce uneven pigmentation and protect the skin from damage.
 

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Reduce discolouration and hyperpigmentation, speed up cell turnover and even out your complexion with this blend of skin-safe acids.
 

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Revive dull and lustreless skin while controlling melanin production, breaking down uneven pigmentation and exfoliating dead skin cells with this gentle cleanser.
 

Take a look at our curated collection of the best products for hyperpigmentation in Black skin to help prevent and treat dark spots.



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