Whether high-end brands like Sisley or more affordable ones like L Òréal are your speed, you may have noticed that they have one thing in common: an anti-hyperpigmentation/clarifying line that is meant to help you achieve smooth, even skin. As noted by celebrity makeup guru, Huda Kattan, hyperpigmentation is one of the most common bugbears for men and women alike. It occurs owing to excessive melanin production, which can be caused by everything from sun exposure to hormonal changes, and scarring.
Hyperpigmentation is not the kind of problem that can go away with just one ‘miracle cream’. To get real results try a number of different approaches and above all,use an SPF 50 sunscreen every day, come rain or come shine!
Harnessing the Power of Acids
If hyperpigmentation is prevalent in your face, seeing a dermatologist is the most responsible first step you can take. You may find that your dermatologist recommends a strict routine with serums containing acids such as Vitamin C, Retinol, alpha hydroxy acid, or salicylic acid. They may also recommend specific creams containing acids like hydroquinone. Contrary to myth, acids can be layered; this is even true for Retinol, which can be layered with Vitamin C and other acids to improve effectiveness. To play on the safe side, run a few suggestions by your dermatologist to work out which acids are particularly useful for your skin.
In order to rid your complexion of unsightly patches, you need to encourage dead skin cells to fall and stimulate the building blocks of cells – collagen and elastin – to form. As noted by Viva Med Spa, a peeling facial is a powerful way to encourage this process. Nature-derived ingredients such as pumpkin peel, blueberry, and berries can be blended with acid blends (e.g. glycolic and lactic acid) that will really boost skin cell renewal. Before opting for a peeling facial, let your therapist know if you are using Retin A. Because the latter is so intense, it is not recommended that it be blended with other acids.
Laser Treatment for Optimal Results
If a special occasion is coming up and you want quick results, ask your dermatologist about Fraxel laser, used to treat active acne and scarring, sunspots, fine lines and wrinkles in areas like the eyes, and pigmentation on the hands. This laser penetrates beneath the skin, eliminating damaged and old cells. Results can be seen almost immediately, but reach their optimal effect around three months after your treatment. Despite its power, Fraxel causes very few side effects – including slight redness for a few days after the treatment. Your dermatologist will tell you to avoid the sun for a few days, though the good news is that you can hide any redness with makeup.
Choosing the Right Foundation
A heavy coverage foundation will help reduce the appearance of pigmentation in a powerful way. To really up your game, conceal brown spots with orange cream concealer before applying your foundation. This color of concealer works well for dark circles under the eyes. If you can, opt for a foundation that also has sunscreen. This will act as an additional shield against the sun, which is truly your worst enemy when it comes to hyperpigmentation.
Hyperpigmentation is a common skin condition that can really wrest from the youthfulness and luminosity of your skin. Battle it through a multi-faceted approach, since this problem can be stubborn. A dermatologist-recommended skincare routine, regular facials, and good sunscreen protection can go a long way towards banishing unsightly spots and scars and laser may just give you the extra boost you need.