Hyperpigmentation is the formation of dark spots or patches on the skin caused by an overproduction of melanin, which is the pigment that gives skin its color. This skin concern mainly affects women and, although it can often be camouflaged by make-up, it is common to want to reduce or remove the blemishes and restore a more even skin tone. The best products for hyperpigmentation treatment not only do that, but also protect the skin from future damage.
Here, we reveal the best products available to effectively treat hyperpigmentation, and also take a look at the differences in treatment required for darker skin tones.
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What causes hyperpigmentation?
There are three different types of hyperpigmentation, each with a different cause:
Solar lentigines or sun spots, as the name suggests, are caused by exposure to the sun’s UV rays. They are a pigmented spot with a clearly defined edge, varying in color from light brown to black. They are non-cancerous, but should be monitored annually by a dermatologist or skin specialist.
Melasma or chloasma, is typically associated with hormonal imbalances, such as those that arise during pregnancy and with certain medications. This form of hyperpigmentation can be superficial or deeper in the skin’s dermis and tends to occur on the face, appearing as larger brown patches with a non-distinct border.
Ephelides or freckles, are the most common form of pigmentation and tend to affect people with a fair complexion. Brought about by repeated exposure to sunlight, freckles can appear darker in the summer months and fade during the winter.
The best pigmentation treatment options available over-the-counter
Although it is possible to have medical treatments, such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), laser and AHA peels to reduce hyperpigmentation, these procedures can be costly. Over-the-counter products may take a little longer to work, but the results can be excellent.
At Skin Elegance, we love the Synergie Skin range of products for fighting dark spots and correcting uneven skin tones. The best pigmentation treatment products should contain powerful active ingredients that work with the skin, rather than using harsh ingredients that can cause irritation or further damage.
Synergie products do not contain any questionable ingredients and are formulated using only the best of laboratory synthesized ingredients, in combination with the best naturally derived ingredients. This allows them to create a visible, positive change in the skin, whilst being safe, elegant and user-friendly.
To reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and boost the overall health of your skin, incorporate the following products into your skin care regimen:
Ultimate A – a serum containing vitamin A in the form of stabilized retinol, this powerhouse of a product provides multiple benefits, including reducing pigmentation without causing irritation.
Vitamin B – an essential serum containing high levels of vitamin B3, an active ingredient that reduces hyperpigmentation.
Pure C Crystals or SupremaC+ serum – both products contain vitamin C, either as pure L-ascorbic acid (the most effective form of vitamin C for skin processes) or in a water-soluble stable form that is converted to the L-ascorbic acid. Vitamin C reduces skin inflammation, lightens uneven skin tone and protects skin cells from UV damage.
Enlighten – a cutting-edge skin brightening serum formulated to improve the appearance of uneven skin tone.
To achieve the maximum results from your skin care products, ensure that skin is thoroughly cleansed morning and evening. In addition, consider using Synergie exfoliating serum Reveal each morning (use it to dissolve Pure C crystals). For those with more sensitive skin, use SupremaC+ instead of Pure C crystals, and Luciderm acid-free exfoliator.)
Follow up with Überzinc, which is a daily moisturizer containing 21 percent zinc oxide to reduce inflammation and protect the skin from further sun damage.
The best hyperpigmentation treatment for black skin
Hormonal changes, sun damage and post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (such as that brought about by acne or eczema), cause hyperpigmentation in darker skin tones in the same way as lighter skin tones. Black skin, however, is more susceptible to hyperpigmentation due to the increased levels of melanin that exist in it. Hyperpigmentation treatment for black skin also presents some challenges, as not all of the treatments that are effective on lighter skin tones are suitable for darker skin tones.
If you have a darker skin tone, it is best to seek out a dermatologist who is familiar with dark skin, as certain treatments for hyperpigmentation, such as laser treatments, are not well-tolerated by darker skin, and can actually cause further damage.
You should also be aware that certain ingredients, such as hydroquinone, can irritate the skin and may cause the skin to become permanently pigmented by small, brown deposits. Natural treatments should be thoroughly researched to ensure that they are effective and will not cause irritation.
The goal of pigmentation treatment on black skin is often to achieve a more even skin tone. Using a skin-brightening serum, such as Enlighten, is ideal, as it is designed to improve the appearance of uneven skin tones. It also contains a powerful complex of natural skin brighteners and tyrosinase inhibitors, which reduce the activity of the cells that produce melanin. You can also rest assured that none of the products in the Synergie range contain any hidden nasties or harsh chemical ingredients.
As well as using the best products for hyperpigmentation treatment, women of color should still protect their skin from sun damage by using a sunscreen every day. A daily moisturizer with SPF, such as Überzinc, is perfect for the face, and Überzinc Body can be used to protect the rest of the body.
Where to buy the best products for hyperpigmentation treatment
Women in the United States can now access the best products for hyperpigmentation treatment online at Skin Elegance. We stock the full line of Synergie Skin products, including those formulated specifically to target hyperpigmentation. Products can also be shipped overseas, with the exceptions of China, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Macau, Europe and the United Kingdom.
It is our goal to ensure that you achieve the best results possible from your skin care products. If you need any advice, we are always on hand and happy to help with your skin-care-related questions.
Shop online today at Skin Elegance and start your journey towards a brighter, healthier, more even complexion with Synergie Skin.