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How To Combat Hyperpigmentation aka Dark Spots

March 29, 2019 in Beauty, Skincare - 3 min read
Hyperpigmentation is a “common, usually harmless condition in which patches of skin become darker in color than the normal surrounding skin. This darkening occurs when an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin color, forms deposits in the skin” (“Hyperpigmentation.” Hyperpigmentation – American Osteopathic College of Dermatology (AOCD),
The most common results of this are old pimples, injuries to the skin (cut, scab, burn, surgery), freckles and age spots. However, daily sun exposure without broad spectrum sunscreen to block both UVA and UVB ray will result in these dark spots getting even darker. Without sunscreen, your melanin will naturally absorb the energy from the ultraviolet rays to prevent overexposure.
Being a tomboy throughout most of my childhood, I was always down and dirty with my friends having a good time. From climbing trees to riding bikes as fast I could down hills to racing my friends all over the place to just being my clumsy self, I’ve gained some battle scars on my legs and arms. Over time, I’ve learned to accept those. Then came adolescence and puberty. Then I started to get acne in college. Though I started late and my case wasn’t half as bad as the typical young person, it still affected me. Looking back at some college pictures, I’m actually surprised about how happy I was when it was so bad. I was kind of oblivious to how bad but it was and I thank College Shantel for not letting it get in the way of me living my life. Though I am out of the stage *knock on wood* now, I still get the regularly hormonal pimple when it’s that time of the month and without fail, it leaves a mark. Who doesn’t want flawless skin ?
In typical product junkie fashion, I tried a bunch of products to see if they would help. Here are my top hyperpigmentation products that have either worked for me personally or have been raved about in the beauty industry. Be mindful, they don’t work overnight. Personally, I’ve seen a difference after a week or two but everyone is different. Give them a try and see how they work for you. Two powerful agents in clearing hyperpigmentation are Vitamin C which helps brighten your skin over time and retinol (Vitamin A) which helps in cell turnover (getting rid of old, damaged skin and revealing healthy new skin) so lookout for those when looking for products to clear your skin from hyperpigmentation. Other topical treatments are azelaic acid, corticosteroids and kojic acid. Or you can go the cosmetic route and get laser treatments, microdermabrasion, intense pulsed light or chemical peels. In no particular order:
**Please be aware and read the ingredients to look out for hydroquinone which “bleaches lighten and fade darkened skin patches by slowing the production of melanin so those dark spots gradually fade to match normal skin coloration.” However, excessive use of the product whether it be the number of uses or surface area can cause that area to become lighter than your actual skin tone. To prevent this, use a q-tip to apply product (useless it is a serum to be used on your entire face) and start by using it every other day.
If you’ve tried these or have any other products that you’ve used and swear by, sound off below! Sharing is caring !

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