‘Hyperpigmentation’, the skincare buzzword we’ve all heard and probably even used, but do we really know what it is? What causes it and how can we prevent it?
Simply put, hyperpigmentation is the medical term used to describe the overproduction of melanin. Melanin is the natural pigment that gives colour to our skin, eyes and hair. This increased production results in dark patches on the skin making it appear uneven. It can be caused by a number of things from changes in your hormones due to pregnancy or acne, overexposure to the sun and skin injuries/inflammation.
Overexposure to the sun is actually one of the primary reasons for hyperpigmentation. This is ironic because sunlight is what triggers the production of melanin in the first place! Melanin acts as our skin's very own natural sunscreen and protects us from harmful UV rays.
Despite it affecting everyone, it is more prominent on darker skin tones. For many this has caused insecurities, with some resorting to the use of hazardous and unsafe bleaching creams to remove marks but in the long-term, it does more skin damage than good.
As a common dermatological issue, there are several types of hyperpigmentation such as:
Melasma - appear as large patches on the skin and mostly more common in women than men. It is thought to be caused by changing levels in hormones.
Age spots - (also known as sun spots) are caused by overexposure to the sun and are mostly seen on mature skin
Post inflammatory - appear as spots or patches of darkened skin on skin that is inflamed from conditions such as acne or eczema
You’re probably thinking, okay, but how can I prevent this? Not all forms of hyperpigmentation are preventable but you can reduce skin pigmentation and here are our top tips:
Keep out of the sun especially between 10am and 4pm (this is when the sun's rays are at their strongest)
Shade, shade, shade wear protective clothing, sun hats and sunglasses are a summer must have
Top up on your factor 50 even when there’s no sunshine! (wear your SPF)
Moisturise your skin to restore your skin’s lip (fat) barrier which provides further protection
There are cosmetic procedures that can be carried out by specialists to help in fading the marks from laser therapy to chemical peels and microdermabrasion but these can be expensive and multiple sessions are needed before you see results.
The natural alternative, are certain ingredients that can help fade the appearance of skin pigmentation (without bleaching your skin). These include AHA, Vitamin C, Liquorice and azelaic acid. Lucky for you, our products are here to help and if you don’t believe us, why don’t you try it and see for yourself! All our products are natural, 100% cruelty free and 98% are vegan friendly!
Here are the top picks from our range, remember that consistency is key:
AHA Body Lotion - Our AHA Body Lotion contains a carefully selected blend of natural Alpha Hydroxy Acids including Lactic Acid which will help exfoliate away pigmented cells and reveal fresh, glowy skin.
Instant Glow 2 in 1 Acai Scrub and Mask - If you suffer from hyperpigmentation or scars, this product may be for you as it contains both acai berry and avocado extracts which are a dream team when it comes to evening out the skin-tone.
Azelaic Acid Exfoliating Gel - This natural exfoliant helps reduce hyperpigmentation, acne, blackheads and refine the pores. It also contains retinol, which helps to stimulate collagen production and promote cell turnover.
Brightening Black Clay Mask - The luxurious formula is infused with liquorice root extract, a skin brightening agent that leaves the skin with a bright healthy glow.
Disclaimer: This information is not medical advice, please consult your dermatologist if you are concerned about dark spots or notice symptoms alongside your hyperpigmentation such as itching, bleeding or a change in colour and size of the patches. They’ll be able to safely identify and inform you on what to do next.