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Tackling Hyperpigmentation

Dark spots, also known as hyperpigmentation, is something that a lot of people struggle with. Especially if you’re a person of color.
This common condition is caused by overactive melanin production. Ultimately causing the targeted skin to darken. This can affect patches of skin, or the entire body. If not handled correctly, hyperpigmentation can be an ongoing struggle that will need to be constantly treated.

Causes

Hyperpigmentation can occur for many different reasons.
Usually harmless, but can sometimes be caused by an underlying medical condition. You know your body best, and if you suspect something is wrong then contact your general practitioner as soon as possible. Certain medications, like birth control, can also cause skin to darken. More times than not, it’s more of a cosmetic issue. Hyperpigmentation can be caused by:

  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Acne
  • Inconsistent or non-existent use of sun protection
  • Using products that are too stripping and too harsh on the skin
  • Certain medical conditions and medication

Ingredients That Help Fade Hyperpigmentation

The following ingredients help speed up cell turnover, and are all tyrosinase inhibitors. When battling hyperpigmentation, look for products with the following ingredients:
Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid)
Lactic Acid
Mandelic Acid
Glycolic Acid
Azelaic Acid
Arbutin
Hydroquinone
Licorice Root
Retinols

Tyrosinase inhibitors work to suppress excess melanin formation on the skin. Treating and reversing hyperpigmentation, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and melasma.⁣

Treating Hyperpigmentation At Home

In order to clear up dark spots and prevent them from coming back, you need a very targeted routine that consists of a lot of the ingredients listed above!

  • The Aloe Enzyme Exfoliator keeps pores clear of congestion and skin tone even.
  • Vitamin ACE+ Q10 and L-Ascorbic 20 Concentrate are our go to brightening products. Vitamin ACE + Q10  is formulated with 5% retinol (vitamin A), 8% vitamin C, and 10% Q10. Effectively improving elasticity of skin, and repairing and brightening skin within 6 weeks of usage.

For even more protection against uneven skin tone and dark spots, incorporate ⁣α-Arbutin Advanced Radiance Concentrate into your daily skincare routine. α-Arbutin, or Alpha Arbutin, is a skin brightening agent that yields results comparable to hydroquinone but, without the irritation associated with hydroquinone. Apply twice daily to help lighten the skin over time, creams and topical treatments generally take longer to produce visible results.

Leave the higher concentrations of ingredients to a professional, as these concentrations can increase your risk of irritation and other negative side effects. If you want to use a stronger treatment to fade dark spots, like a chemical peel, seek the advice and help of an aesthetician or a facialist. An even more intense solution, is a laser peel, that specifically targets uneven skin tone, promoting collagen cell growth and tightening effects. This also comes with more immediate results.  Keep in mind: patience is key with any treatment option.

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