If you’ve ever had dark marks or discoloration appear and stay on your skin after spending time in the sun or after popping a pimple, you have had hyperpigmentation. These dark marks on the skin are the bane of many people’s existence — whether they’re on the face, neck, chest, or hands.
While not all instances of hyperpigmentation are preventable, there are definite ways to reduce your chances of having it appear. We’ll go over what causes hyperpigmentation, how you can prevent it, and how to treat and reduce the appearance of it!
What is Hyperpigmentation?
Hyperpigmentation is caused by an overproduction of melanin, which is the pigment responsible for your skin color.
Hyperpigmentation can be caused by a variety of factors, such as sun exposure, pimples, and even rashes. It can even be caused by certain medications, pregnancy, or genetics. It is especially common in people of color and those who struggle with acne.
How to Prevent Hyperpigmentation
Avoid Sun Exposure
The best kind of care is preventative care! Avoiding sun exposure is one of the best ways to prevent hyperpigmentation. Sunscreen is the best line of defense against hyperpigmentation — yes, even if you’re indoors. Apply sunscreen to your face every day as part of your skincare routine.
When you’ll be out in the sun, wear sunscreen over your whole body and reapply as necessary. Also, wearing a hat can provide extra protection for your face and neck.
Don’t Irritate Acne
It’s so tempting to pick at a pimple, but that is one of the causes for acne scarring and hyperpigmentation. Avoid irritating or popping acne whenever possible, and let scabs fall off naturally. This will help avoid any scarring that might result from acne.
How to Treat Hyperpigmentation
The Power Peel lives up to its name — it’s a powerful treatment to tackle hyperpigmentation. This exfoliating treatment reveals fresh, more even-looking skin without any down time. Power Peels are especially effective for people with oily and acne-prone skin.
Microneedling is a powerhouse treatment for hyperpigmentation. (It also helps with acne scars, which sometimes takes the form of hyperpigmentation.) This safe device causes micro-injuries in the skin, which causes the skin to heal itself and naturally produce more collagen. You’ll notice a reduction in hyperpigmentation, increased firmness, and a more even skin tone!
There are a number of topical treatments that can be used at home to treat hyperpigmentation! Some of the most common ingredients to look for are retinoids, hydroquinone, and azelaic acid. These products can be found in the form of chemical exfoliants, masks, creams, or treatment pads.
Lumecca IPL Facial
If you have hyperpigmentation spots on other parts of your body besides your face — such as hands, chest, and neck — a Lumecca IPL Facial might be the best option for you. This Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Facial effectively dissolves hyperpigmentation, revealing skin that is fresh and glowing.