What is hyperpigmentation?
First and foremost, let’s start off by explain what exactly hyperpigmentation is. It is basically when an area of the skin becomes dark due to an excess of melanin. A lot of times you will see hyperpigmentation is the result of a previous abrasion on the skin. This can be caused by cuts, bruises and the most dreaded acne scars. So overall hyperpigmentation is what can be found on the skin after the healing process.
How can you treat it?
The best thing that I can recommend to treat hyperpigmentation is exfoliation. This process will help you to remove all the dead skin cells on the top layer of the skin and with regular exfoliation you will notice that the hyperpigmentation will lessen as new skin is revealed. Another way that you can treat hyperpigmentation is through skin lightening products that will basically lighten out the affected area. There are both natural and chemical ways to go about lightening your hyperpigmentation. Below I have listed various treatment methods for you to explore and decide which one is best for you. I am in no way an expert on this topic. However, since I have also experiences hyperpigmentation I have tried many of the methods I am about to share with you. Please always check with a healthcare practitioner before attempting any of these methods at home.
Exfoliating cleaners and scrubs
You can find these at your local drugstore or your favorite high end beauty brand most likely has one in their product line. These scrubs usually contain a fine pumice of some time that will help you to slough off dead skin. These products are usually gentle enough for you to be able to use it pretty much every day. Just make sure to follow up with a good moisturizer after, as these products can sometimes be very drying.
Homemade exfoliating scrubs
If you are a kitchen chemist or love natural products, I’m pretty sure you probably already have a few good recipes laying around for this. Some of the natural products in your kitchen that would make excellent scrubs and help with exfoliation is sugar, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and oatmeal. The intensity of the scrub depends on which item you choose to use in your scrub. Pairing any one of these with honey or coconut oil will help you to scrub away hyperpigmentation.
Dermatologists usually offer really good packages for skin peels. When you go to see a professional and tell them the issue you have been having with your skin and what has caused your hyperpigmentation, they will be able to figure out exactly what kind of peel will work for you. There are many different peels that you can get that aide in clearing up your skin, so seeking the help of a professional is always wise. If you know what you’re doing, there are a plethora of skin peels that are available as a at home kit for those of you who are experienced enough to try it at home.
This is another treatment that I would recommend consulting a professional for. It’s basically an intense scrub administered by a device that basically removes the top layer of skin to reveal your new skin beneath. Of course, just like the skin peels at home microdermabrasion kits are available. If you do decide to go with an at home kit, please be sure to read the instructions thoroughly. You don’t want to damage your skin and end up doing more harm than good!
This one is fairly new to me; however I have heard some pretty amazing things about it. Derma rolling is a device that pricks little pin sized holes in your skin with the intention that your blood will flow to that area to heal these little pin pricks and in the healing process will allow your skin to clear up the imperfections that once existed. I have not yet tried this option, but I do believe that you are able to get this done professionally as well as purchase a derma roller to do this process at home.
Skin lightening creams, lotions and gels
Topical applications for hyperpigmentation are the tried and true method for many people. You can get them pretty much anywhere and in almost any form, lotions, gels, creams, and serums that help to brighten your complexion. These usually have various medical ingredients or “natural” ingredients added that are supposed to aid in reducing dark marks. The most popular ingredient found in many products like this is hydroquione. This is the skin bleaching agent that is found in a lot of creams on the market. My only advice on this is if you do choose to go this route, please use a light hand and try to only focus on your problem areas; especially if you are using products that have hydroquione. The last thing you want to do is bleach out your entire complexion while trying to clear up a few dark marks. Use caution when using these products, especially since there have been claims that they can lead to skin cancer.
Natural skin lightning options
If a topical solution seems like something that might be right up your alley, but you fear all the chemicals in the commercialized options. No worries, there are a lot of items in your own kitchen that are able to do the job. Some of the ones I would recommend are tomato, lemon, lime, potato, milk, and turmeric just to name a few. There are recipes using these ingredients all over the web. However if you subscribe to the StylePact youtube channel some recipes will be going up very soon!
After all is said and done, 3 more small tips I will add for you in your journey to clearer skin are these.
1. IT TAKES TIME. I had to put this in cap locks because it is a process. Don’t think that any of these things will give you clear skin overnight. Whatever method you decide to try, give it at least 30 days before you decide if it’s working for you or not. In most cases you will need to use a couple different methods at a time. For me, I like exfoiliating but if I want to speed up my process I will include a topical method in conjunction with it.
2. make sure you are staying hydrated. Drink a lot of water, it’s really good for your skin.
3. When you are working on clearing up hyperpigmentation, you will also want to invest in a good sunscreen SPF 30 and above. This is to ensure that the hyperpigmentation doesn’t come back, or darken when you are in the sun. Otherwise all the work you did to clear up your skin will be in vain.
I hope you found this post super helpful. What are some methods that you have tried to help clear up your hyperpigmentation? Did it work for you? Please comment below!