Treat Hyperpigmentation

How to Treat Hyperpigmentation

Do you want to even your skin tone? Here are some of my top tips to get rid of hyperpigmentation.

Are you struggling with dark spots due to excessive sun exposure or having a hard time getting rid of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation? It is normal and more common than you think. But what is it exactly? Hyperpigmentation refers to the darker patches of skin caused by excess melanin production. People with darker skin tones are more susceptible to hyperpigmentation and dark spots, but anyone can get it. And tackling hyperpigmentation can be challenging. 

How to treat hyperpigmentation?

Does achieving a smooth, even-toned complexion sound like a distant dream? While it is no easy feat, here are my top tips to get an even-toned, smooth complexion.

Use adequate sun protection

Did you know that excessive sun exposure is the leading cause of hyperpigmentation because it can stimulate melanocytes? When triggered, these cells become hyperactive and begin overproducing melanin. This results in skin pigmentation and sun spots. So, it goes without saying that you need to protect your skin from melanocyte-triggering UV damage to treat hyperpigmentation effectively. I recommend investing in a good quality SPF; and reapply it throughout the day. For adequate broad-spectrum protection, look for a combination of mineral and chemical blocking agents, such as titanium dioxide and ethyl salicylate.

Carbon peel

If you are dealing with discolouration, laser carbon peel is an excellent option. During this quick and painless hyperpigmentation treatment, your skin is thoroughly exfoliated. It entails covering the face in liquid carbon before blasting it with a laser. This non-invasive procedure treats pigmentation and clears the skin of dead cells, blackheads, and oil, leaving it radiant and even-toned. Additionally, the collagen and elastin fibres suffer microabrasions. As a result of being agitated, they start to repair your skin, improving its texture.

Exfoliate regularly

Regular exfoliation is a fantastic way to tackle hyperpigmentation and achieve an even-toned complexion. The skin’s natural renewal process can be accelerated and enhanced with the help of gentle exfoliants, which essentially cause the skin’s hyperpigmented cells to be replaced by new ones. Chemical exfoliation is preferable to physical exfoliation because it consistently delivers the desired results. I recommend choosing a mild glycolic acid treatment as your chemical exfoliant to remove dead skin cells that clog pores. It can also promote collagen synthesis.

IPL therapy

IPL therapy, also known as Photofacial, is a form of non-ablative (fractional) laser treatment that promotes collagen development in the dermis. Being quick, non-invasive, and requiring no downtime, it has been touted as one of the best hyperpigmentation treatment options. The epidermis, or top layer of skin, is penetrated by a powerful beam of light during this treatment in order to draw out pigment-producing cells and diffuse the uneven pigment. The light energy from IPL is absorbed by the pigmented cells in our skin and converted to heat in the dermis. This heat causes a superficial injury to your skin and destroys the unwanted pigment in your skin.

Try vitamin C

Vitamin C is a godsend for people who want to lighten dark spots or skin discolouration. Melanin overproduction in specific regions of the skin leads to hyperpigmentation, which includes sunspots, age spots, and melasma. Additionally, it can also happen in areas that have recovered from acne. Vitamin C serum can effectively lighten hyperpigmentation as it prevents melanin production. It also suppresses Tyrosinase activity, which in turn prevents the production of melanin.

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