Ever woken up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, looked in the mirror, and thought, what the hell are these brown smatterings across my skin? Those brown smatterings are called hyperpigmentation, and don’t worry, you’re definitely not alone! In fact, the term hyperpigmentation has almost 25 million hits on Google. So if you’re stressing that you’re the only one asking this question, have a calming Green Tea and take a big sigh of relief, because you’re not alone!
Treating hyperpigmentation is a tricky process, but with the correct lotions and potions (and a big ol’ dollop of patience) it can be treated!
What Are The Different Types Of Hyperpigmentation?
It might sound strange, but not all dark spots are the same. In fact, before you can treat your pigmentation, you have to know which kind of discolouration you're dealing with.
Just because we love ya, we’ve included a breakdown of the different types of pigmentation, asoutlined by Dr. Gunatheesan, in a nice little list for you to read through:
SUN SPOTS AND AGE FRECKLES
This is the most common type of pigmentation people are dealing with. Sun spots and age freckles are caused by overexposure to the sun and ageing. You’ll most often find these on your face, neck, and hands.
Melasma is a brownish discoloration that typically presents as patches on the forehead, cheeks and upper lip area. It’s often caused by hormonal changes from the pill, pregnancy, or genetics, as well as sun damage.
This is your skin reacting to inflammation like acne, or even superficial trauma like scratches, needles, or burns (yes, this does include viciously picking at pimples–so stop!).
Some medications like antimalarials or particular antibiotics can also cause pigmentation.
GENERALISED OR WIDESPREAD PIGMENTATION
This is most often due to dermatological conditions such as Lichen Planus or other underlying medical conditions such as Addison disease.
Now, before we give you some handy-dandy skincare tips to help with hyperpigmentation, we need to make one thing clear. If you’re not wearing SPF every single day, then forget it! Broad spectrum sunscreen is non-negotiable if you’re looking to tackle hyperpigmentation, so if you’re not using it then start right now!
Spending the day at the beach?SPF
Spending the day at work?SPF
Spending the day in bed?SPF
Spending the day reading this article?SPF
Once you’ve got the sunscreen down-pat, then we can move on to the fun stuff. So, stop reading this right now, slap on some sunscreen and come back. Don’t worry, we’ll wait.
Okay, sunscreen on? Perfect. Let’s move on.
How can your skincare help?
Consistently exfoliating is the key to fading dark spots and acne scarring. Yep, those dead skin cells on your face are responsible for most of your dark spots. Use our Turmeric Latte Masque to gently remove any gross dead pigmented skin and give that glorious, plump, fresh skin underneath some love! Ditch the dead skin and ditch the dark spots!
2. BARRIER PROTECTION
If your skin barrier is super weak and shaking at the knees, it can’t protect your peachy-perfect skin from sun damage. You need something in your skincare routine to protect your barrier so that it can, in turn, protect you! Our Beta For Youskin serum can charge your skin barrier back up to 100% so that it can battle any future sun damage and keep hyperpigmentation at bay.
A Vitamin C serum is a necessity to help lighten, brighten, and stop hyperpigmentation in its tracks! Our C Yourselfserum is a game changer for all your hyperpigmentation issues, it’ll bring your skin back to the light, it’s like a bodyguard for your face!
Make this simple regime a regular, for life kind of routine, and watch years of hyperpigmentation and skin damage slowly fade away to reveal bright, happy, and healthy skin shining through!