Hyperpigmentation can occur at any point in life and often gets worse as you age. Hyperpigmentation occurs mainly due to sun damage and some expectant mothers may also suffer from hyperpigmentation due to the hormonal changes their body goes through during pregnancy. Whatever the reason for your hyperpigmentation, here are some ways in which you can reduce and treat your hyperpigmentation.
Exfoliate and Moisturize
To reduce the look of your hyperpigmentation, you need to take good care of your skin through proper exfoliation and moisturizing. Find an exfoliating cleanser that contains salicylic acid, as this is a great ingredient for gentle exfoliation that has been proven to help reduce the look of brown spots. When exfoliating, do so gently or you may cause more harm than good. Follow this with a moisturizer that is suited to your skin type or one that is used to reduce the look of hyperpigmentation.
Limit Sun Exposure
As sun exposure is the main culprit for hyperpigmentation, keeping yourself out of the sun and well protected is key to reducing the look of your brown spots and to prevent any more from appearing on your skin. You should avoid sunlight from 10 am-2 pm, as this is when the sun’s rays are at their strongest. Use a sunscreen which is both UVA and UVB protective. Protect your skin where possible with clothing and hats.
Natural remedies are often used to reduce the look of hyperpigmentation. Whilst these natural treatments aren’t always scientifically proven to be effective, many people swear by them. Aloe vera has been found to relieve hyperpigmentation in pregnant women. You can apply this straight to the affected areas or take a capsule containing aloe vera. Licorice has also been known to lighten brown spots. An extract that is found in licorice called glabridin can be found in many creams both online or in drug stores. Drinking green tea could also aid with your hyperpigmentation, as it is well-known to have anti-inflammatory properties.
If you are struggling to treat your hyperpigmentation, CC creams work well in evening out any skin tone and reducing the look of blemishes and hyperpigmentation. You can purchase CC creams for all skin tones and this can be used as an alternative to moisturizer. CC creams can be used under foundation or as a foundation.
Photofacial treatment is offered by many dermatology clinics as a way to effectively treat hyperpigmentation. Photofacials work through an IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) which can decrease the look of brown spots with just one treatment. This is a non-invasive procedure that constricts collagen and the blood vessels to reduce age lines and redness. The reason many people choose to get photofacials is that the aftercare is easy and the downtime following the procedure is very short. This means swelling and any redness usually disappears after one day.
Hyperpigmentation can affect many people worldwide but it can be treated. Using any or all of the above treatments can effectively reduce and treat hyperpigmentation.