Hyperpigmentation is a darkening or discoloration of the skin which occurs when the body produces too much melanin. Excess pigmentation can be spurred by various injuries and conditions. From acne to inflammation, sun damage and even psoriasis, hyperpigmentation has many causes. It is more common to those who spend more time in the sun and people with a dark skin tone.
Liver spots, sun spots, age spots, and freckles are all examples of hyperpigmentation. Breakouts often leave behind dark marks and age spots are something that most of us have to suffer at some time due to the clustering of your complexion from UV exposure. Pigmentation problems are extremely common. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid pigmentation and protect yourself from hyperpigmentation, returning your complexion to its natural texture, tone and glow.
Here we’ll be taking you through a range of ways to even out combination skin and heal any pigmentation problems.
Apply Proper Sun Protection
Any discoloration of your skin color is a sign of skin damage. You can stop your melanin production from causing hyperpigmentation by ensuring that you are always wearing proper sun protection. Artificial tanning solutions and overexposure to direct sunlight can all cause dark spots across your skin. Instead of sacrificing your look completely, try a self-tanning fluid with built-in SPF in addition to high protection sunscreen. The Medik8 range has a complete selection of skincare and beauty protection products inclusive of high sun protection factor components. Their trusted range of products will guarantee that you’re properly protected against the UV rays of the sun by including SPF in your entire range of skincare and cosmetic products.
Any hyperpigmentation which is rooted in eczema, dermatitis or acne occurs due to the healing process of your skin. While the healing itself is essential, if you don’t deal with the inflammation, hyperpigmentation will occur. Chronic inflammation occurs when the body deploys a disproportionate amount of healing nutrients to any given area. Instead of destroying the foreign body alone, the inflammation instead causes unhealthy, damaged skin. Without applying good anti-inflammatory moisturizer hyperpigmentation can happen. However, a good moisturizer will not be able to penetrate clogged pores typical to those suffering from pigmentation problems. You need an antioxidant toner too. There are a lot of great options from the Medik8 range. One of the best products out there is the Medik8 White Balance Everyday Protect. It boosts your natural glow and helps even out combination skin in no time.
Deep Cleansing Pigmentation Toner
Problematic skin needs a complete cleanse before applying any moisturizer, foundation, or SPF-backed product. ZENMED’s AHA/BHA Cleanser is ideal for all skin types and opens all your pores, readying them for other products to hydrate and protect. This alcohol-free alpha/beta hydroxy acid toner removes dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. It not only unblocks and minimizes pores but also balances patchy skin. Anyone who is battling with combination skin or any form of hyperpigmentation will love the way that this toner supplies a long-term solution to clear your complexion. Use it exactly as you would a traditioner toner and watch how rapidly your skin heals.
Skin Repair Serum for Your Skin Type
Your serum plays a valuable role in micro-exfoliation and skin repair. Serums for brightening, balancing and discoloration repair are specially formulated to reduce the appearance of dark areas of skin. If you’re treating discoloration and have normal to oily skin, then SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF Serum 30ml is your best option. It corrects any existing skin damage, firming the skin and returning your natural tone. Daily treatment protects you from free radicals and it won’t be long before any oiliness is balanced out. As an alternative to this award-winning anti-aging serum for people with dry skin try SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic Serum instead. It gives the same unprecedented anti-aging benefits and is the perfect anti-oxidizing serum for normal to dry skin. CE Ferulic gives you eight times the photoprotection and reduces sunburn cells by up to 96% in UV irradiated skin. There is no better way to protect your skin from environmental toxins & UV damage. It even prevents DNA mutations known as thymine dimers which hold strong connections to the development of skin cancer. Use of either of these serums (depending on your skin type) will help you build naturally collagen, restoring a youthful appearance. SkinCeuticals Vitamin C Serum is easily one of the best antioxidant combinations available, brightening your complexion and delivering advanced skin repair and environmental protection.
Retinoids or Kelo-Cote to Help Hyperpigmentation
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Over the counter retinoids are derived from vitamin A. The minuscule molecular structure of retinoids present in anti-aging and skin-repair creams allow them to penetrate to the deepest layers of your skin. Treatments reach the area below the dermis, guaranteeing that they affect every level. Prescription retinol is needed by those with severe dermatological problems however most people suffering from pigmentation problems may find great value from popular over-the-counter creams. Retinol creams are designed to primarily treat wrinkles. This makes them a product which helps for darkening skin but it’s not their primary purpose. Use a product containing retinoids as a supplement to dedicated hyperpigmentation solutions such as serums, toners, and other high-SPF skincare products. While slightly costly, one of the most advanced formulas for the treatment of scarring and discoloration is Kelo-Cote. Kelo-Cote Advanced Formula Scar Gel is a proven solution to reduce the appearance of marks and scars within just 60 to 90 days.
Chemical Peel & Microdermabrasion
Both chemical peels and other techniques like microdermabrasion work fantastically but you get the best results if you’ve already helped lighten the affected area first. After you’ve undergone a few weeks or months of treatment using various solutions for your pigmentation, perhaps it’s time for microdermabrasion. This treatment is ideal for those with minimal darkness left. It gets rid of stubborn sunspots and any other superficial discoloration. A treatment session involves tiny crystals sprayed onto the outer layer of your skin. These and the darkened skin layer are removed together through an extensive exfoliation and rejuvenation procedure. Your skin is left soft, bright and free from any light pigmentation problems. The alternative for those battling from very dark, stubborn spots is a chemical peel. A solution of chemicals is applied to your skin which causes it to blister lightly before eventually peeling off. What is left is smooth skin with fewer wrinkles and far less discoloration than the old skin. Chemical peels using salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and TCA are most often recommended to help get rid of deep pigmentation problems.
Return Your Natural Even Skin Tone & Glow
Hyperpigmentation and other pigmentation issues do not need to plague you for the rest of your life. One can clear up any issues within a span of just a few weeks with the worst pigmentation problems persisting for months. Dedicated treatment will get rid of discolored skin but don’t lead yourself to believe that it’ll fade away without any treatment at all. Acne scars and the like will lighten over time, but they only way to get rid of them is to use a good range of healthy skin care solutions designed to treat the problem.