So, What is Hyperpigmentation?
Basically, dark spots or patches on your skin.
This happens when your skin produces excess melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color. Hyperpigmentation is common in all skin types and can occur in skin of any color. But, hyperpigmentation is extremely common in darker skin tones because of the higher amounts melanin in the skin, it also tends to be harder to get rid of.
What Causes It?
Sun damage, inflammation, and hormonal changes. Yes, repeated exposure to the sun can increase melanin production, that's why its super important for EVERYONE to wear SPF regularly. Hormonal changes, like pregnancy, can cause your skin to produce more melanin and alter the color of your skin. Skin inflammation issues, like acne or eczema, can lead to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (basically dark spots) after they clear up.
How Do I Get Rid of It?
- Avoid further exposure to the sun! Wear SPF daily to prevent abnormal increases in melanin production
- Don't pick at your skin! During breakouts or eczema flareups it's best to leave your skin alone.
- Take care of your skin! Stick to your daily skincare routine and use treatments consistently!
Luckily, we've sourced the best products to integrate into your skincare routine to achieve an even, smoother skin tone.