Hyperpigmentation doesn't have to be a fact of life. Many treatments contain one or both of the two most effective pigmentation-correcting actives. Which will you choose?
Are you self-conscious about hyperpigmentation? Do you dread hormonal outbreaks more than most because you know the marks will last for months?
The key to finding an effective treatment for hyperpigmentation is to choose one with either of the proven active ingredients:
- Melanin blockers, especially tyrosinase inhibitors
- Chemical exfoliants
Some products even contain both! Let's take a deeper look at how each ingredient acts against hyperpigmentation.
1. Tyrosinase inhibitors for treatment of hyperpigmentation
Whereas you probably haven't heard of tyrosinase inhibitors before, you've likely heard of vitamin C, kojic acid, and liquorice root extract. These active ingredients all brighten skin effectively because they interfere with your skin's manufacture of melanin.
Melanin is the brown pigment that colours your skin. Hyperpigmentation is simply a concentrated patch of melanin.
Tyrosinase is an enzyme in your skin that works a bit like an oven, consuming ingredients and 'cooking' them into melanin. By breaking the 'oven' that makes melanin, you can prevent the brown pigment from forming.
As we mentioned, tyrosinase inhibitors include:
- Vitamin C
- Kojic acid, a natural mushroom extract
- Liquorice root extract
- Alpha-arbutin, extracted from the bearberry plant
We've hunted our shelves for the most active-rich formulas. Choose from one of these three for effective hyperpigmentation treatment:
- Cosmedix Simply Brilliant 24/7 Brightening Serum contains liquorice root extract alongside a combination of exfoliants, which we'll explore later.
- asap super c serum is a highly active vitamin C serum with anti-pigmentation effect.
- HydroPeptide Even Out Pigment Corrector combines liquorice root extract with vitamin C for dual action.
2. Chemical exfoliants to treat hyperpigmentation
The second way you can effectively combat hyperpigmentation is by increasing skin cell turnover. Put simply, speed up your skin's natural rate of exfoliation to prevent splotchy melanin production and fade existing dark spots.
Exfoliants bring to mind images of facial scrubs, loofahs, and muslin cloths; however, skincare acids require no abrasive action. Chemical exfoliants include:
- Alpha-hydroxy acids
- Beta-hydroxy acids
- Poly-hydroxy acids
More specifically, look for ingredients such as:
- Glycolic acid
- Salicylic acid
- Lactic acid
Don't let the name 'acid' deter you from these ingredients. Your skin is naturally acidic, so products that contain acids are a perfect match.
Gentle acid-based exfoliants work by softening the adhesive substance that holds dead skin cells together. Acids can even work on skin not yet exposed, which leads to a significant increase in your skin's exfoliation rate.
If you want to address both existing and future hyperpigmentation, we recommend choosing a product that combines both brightening actives and exfoliating skincare acids.
Take your pick from some of our favourites:
- Cosmedix Simply Brilliant 24/7 Brightening Serum is a highly effective formula with liquorice root extract and a trio of exfoliants including salicylic acid, lactic acid, and gluconolactone.
- Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector pairs vitamin C with salicylic acid: a great combo for oily, combination, and acne-prone skin types.
- HydroPeptide Even Out Pigment Corrector contains liquorice root extract, vitamin C, and lactic acid to lighten normal, dry, and sensitive skin.
Want to ensure your complete skincare routine is designed to win the battle against hyperpigmentation? Head to our pigmentation correction store, where you'll find the best cleansers, masks, serums, and moisturisers for the task.