What Treatments are Effective for Hyperpigmentation?

Are you self-conscious about hyperpigmentation? Do you dread hormonal outbreaks more than most because you know the marks will last for months?

If you feel like you're fighting a losing battle with your mottled complexion, then you're in the right place. We have good news: hyperpigmentation can be treated, lessened, and prevented.

The key to finding an effective treatment for hyperpigmentation is to choose one with either of the proven active ingredients:

  1. Melanin blockers, especially tyrosinase inhibitors
  2. Chemical exfoliants


What treatments are effective for hyperpigmentation?


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:


What treatments are effective for hyperpigmentation?


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:

  1. Alpha-hydroxy acids
  2. Beta-hydroxy acids
  3. Poly-hydroxy acids

More specifically, look for ingredients such as:

  • Glycolic acid
  • Salicylic acid
  • Lactic acid
  • Gluconolactone

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:

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.


What treatments are effective for hyperpigmentation?

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