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H Y P E R P I G M E N T A T I O N 

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Getting rid of hyperpigmentation is a long-term process.  Dark spots, particularly acne scars, can be stubborn to get rid of, and can actually get worse if you don’t use SPF. Thankfully, there are multiple ingredients beyond just vitamin C that can help treat (and reverse) the look of unevenness across skin tones. 

Why You Get Hyperpigmentation

By definition, hyper, meaning “more” and pigmentation (the melanin and color that presents itself across various skin tones) happens due to the overproduction of melanin in the skin by melanocytes. This “overactivity” can be triggered by different things like hormonal changes (pregnancy), sun exposure, acne, or harsh products and/or chemicals.

 Sun Protection Is A Non-Negotiable

Adding  sunscreen into your routine daily can make all the difference. The sun is the main culprit of age spots and burns, your current dark spots (and unevenness) can actually get worse with sun exposure.

Sunburns cause inflammation in the body. Inflammation is the breakdown of every function in your body, which causes diseases and pigmentation issues.

Sunscreens, particularly those that fall into the physical sunblock family, can help block out those harmful rays. Make sure to reach for at least SPF 30 formulated with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. No matter your age, now is the time to start incorporating SPF into your daily routine. Your skin will thank you for it.

 

Ingredients To Believe In

For brightening benefits, look at actives that focus on evening skin tone and restore the skin’s natural luminosity. This is where must-have ingredients like niacinamide, licorice, kojic acid, mulberry, and turmeric come in. Vitamin C is another powerful topical antioxidant that helps block free radicals from causing oxidative damage to the skin (which can lead to wrinkles and a dull complexion, among other things).

For soothing benefits, opt for anti-inflammatory agents that assist with bringing down redness, soothing irritation, and minimise itching and swelling of the skin. No matter what else is happening on the skin (breakouts, congestion, pigmentation, signs of ageing), inflammation must be treated first so the skin will tolerate other activities and treatment techniques.

Finally, when it comes to exfoliating benefits, the goal is to stimulate cell renewal for a more refreshed looking complexion Lean into ingredients like lactic acid, retinol, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and enzymes, but don't go overboard.

If exfoliation is combined with products that reduce hyperpigmentation, the results will be even more rapid.

When we exfoliate, we  bring new, fresh skin to the surface. If you are constantly removing old skin cells, your skin doesn’t have time to protect and heal itself and it can lead to pigmentation. Less is more.

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