One of the most common skin concerns is Hyperpigmentation and it’s often the most difficult to treat. It occurs in most age groups and all skin types. But what exactly is Hyperpigmentation? Simply, it is the over production of melanin in the skin. Within the body, our Melanocyte Cells are responsible for the production of pigment, these are activated by mostly sun and heat, the over stimulation of these cells results in Hyperpigmentation. It’s a stubborn and frustrating condition that takes patience and persistence. But with the right products (cue Tyrosinase Inhibitors) and in clinic treatments, you’ll see good improvement. Let’s walk through the external causes of Hyperpigmentation first, then we will tackle what products you should be using to get results.
CAUSES OF HYPERPIGMENTATION:
Probably the biggest cause is excessive exposure to UV rays, the skin produces melanin to protect itself from the sun, resulting in those dark patches in more exposed areas of the body; face, hands and arms. To get a bit more technical, MedScape explains this process as being “caused by the stimulant effect of excess adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) on the melanocytes to produce melanin” hence Hyperpigmentation. So girls – slip, slop and slap!
INFLAMMATION OF THE SKIN
Post inflammatory pigmentation can happen when acne or pimples are picked or aggravated, it can also develop on the back of conditions like eczema. Any form of trauma on the skin can cause this type of pigment. People with a darker skin tone are more prone to post inflammatory pigmentation. Long and the short of it is: don’t pick the pimple babe.
This type of Hyperpigmentation occurs when people are going through hormonal changes and is more so common in pregnant women. It can also be fuelled by the usage of the contraceptive pill.
REACTION TO SOME MEDICATIONS
Some studies have shown that Hyperpigmentation is linked to the usage of antimalarial drugs, tricyclic antidepressants and the contraceptive pill. We always recommend speaking with your GP before making these connections, but yep there is a link.
SO HOW DO WE TREAT IT:
Choose products that are highly active and contain the key ingredients like a Tyrosinase Inhibitor, TI’s put the melanocyte cells to sleep to stop the overproduction of melanin. TI’s come in the form of azelaic acid, L-ascorbic acid, arbutin and tranexamic acid. Vitamin C also has the ability to inhibit the stimulation of Tyrosinase due to it’s antioxidant properties, thus it reduces the over production of melanin. Here are our carefully designed products to combat pigmentation.
RESURFACING GEL CLEANSER – the first and maybe the most important step! The AHA’S and anti-inflammatory ingredients in our Resurfacing Gel Cleanser work to remove dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. This cleanser removes any congestion and gives that glow! It let’s the highly active serums that you apply after penetrate deeper and do their job.
BRIGHTENING SERUM – our Brightening Serum puts the T in Tyrosinase! This product is designed for pigment reduction and is highly effective. A combination of AHA’s and anti-oxidants exfoliates the skin and protects the skin from free radical and UV damage. The next essential step to fighting hyperpigmentation.
RESURFACING SERUM – no less important than our Brightening Serum, this serum is used perfectly in conjunction with our Resurfacing Gel Cleanser. It also removes dead skin cells to brighten and even out skin tone. Stimulating cellular renewal, preventing and reducing pigmentation while hydrating and nourishing the skin for a healthy glow.UV DEFENSE MOISTURISER – this one could possibly be the hero in your skincare regime, prevention is better than a cure! This powerful physical sunscreen also works as a moisturiser giving intense protection, calming, hydrating and nourishing properties. It is enriched with anti-oxidants and peptides, helping to rejuvenate the skin with high levels of zinc, responsible for creating a physical barrier against UV rays.