What is hyperpigmentation?
Hyperpigmentation is when the skin darkens usually in dots or patches; skin colour is determined by how much melanin your body produces, when your body produces too much melanin it can create hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation can occur as age spots too which usually occurs because of sun exposure.
Hyperpigmentation doesn’t hurt, there are however various causes which include acne, sun damage or medication, regardless of the cause most of us don’t like the look of hyperpigmentation and see it as more of a cosmetic issue.
The good news is there are solutions! If your hyperpigmentation is caused by medication, you will need to speak to your G.P before dealing with anything.
Here are a few ways of dealing with hyperpigmentation:
Chemical Peels remove the outer layer of your skin’s surface, making room for your new healthy skin to form in its place. This can reduce the appearance of dark spots over time by removing melanin from the skin.
Microneedling when used alongside the right serum; creates microscopic wounds in your skin, which forces your skin to repair itself, the serum is being ‘injected’ into the skin through the dermapen
Retinol is a form of Vitamin A which works by encouraging cell turnover, resulting in exfoliating older cells and brining newer skin cells to the surface
Vitamin C is an anit-oxidant, which results in skin cells being protected from further damage and works by blocking melanin production making your skin brighter
Niacinamide a form of vitamin B3, can brighten your skin by interrupting the process of cell pigmentation and is a great product to use for acne which can help prevent future hyperpigmentation from forming.
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