After my pregnancy, I’ve got these dark spots all over on my fac. Certainly anything but not pretty and I hate them as much as I hate my acne scars. With summer it even gets worse so I have to really take care of them and minimize their appearance for my own confidence.
Now, what is hyperpigmentation?
It is a discoloration, or localized darkening of the skin from an overactive melanocyte (this is the name of the cell that produced the skin pigment). It produces so much, and these spots are staying beneath the surface to the lower levels of the skin. Red, brown, pink or even purple-looking spots. Too much tanning, aging, pregnancy with hormonal balance changes, can make them appear!
But not only, there are more than a dozen types of them. Indeed, lasers and intense pulsed light sources (IPLS) are considered go-to treatments for various pigmentary disorders. But not every laser therapy works for every condition. So if you opt for a laser treatment, choose wisely your skin therapy consultant.
1. Certainly, hyperpigmentation can be minimized and even faded away by keeping SIMPLE RULES, with consistency and resilience:
- Always wear sunscreen! I mean always!
- Exfoliating weekly, GREEN APPLE PEEL FULL STRENGTH EXFOLIATING MASK by juice beauty
- Build glycolic acid (dry and mature skin type) or salicylic acid (combination or oily skin) after cleansing your face in your evening skincare routine.
- Use serums high in vitamin C
2. Botanical Ingredients that you should look in serums and moisturizers and even facial masks:
- Licorice root: you might know them only as candy, but it has a number of super benefits for your skin, working on hyperpigmentation is one of them as it helps to even out the skin spots. Licorice contains a specific acid, called glycyrrhizin, which is a super-powerful antioxidant (and makes the licorice candy sweet), and it helps to brighten the skin. It also contains glabridin, which is a super ingredient to fight against UV rays. Overall the extract is also fighting against oxidative stress and it is also anti-inflammatory. (example: 100% pure products.
- Blueberries and blackberries: they are natural exfoliator for the skin, and also super powerful antioxidants, and they are super high in vitamin C therefore, both of them are known to be a natural skin lightening agent. It boosts the production of vitamin E, and these will further assist the skin in producing lighter pigments.
3. Pay attention to your diet!
Now we know, that everything is connected within our body, therefore eliminating sugars and other elements of your diet typically causing inflammation can really help improve hyperpigmentation.
These are the ones that we recommend to consume:
- Fruits: Berries, Pomegranates and cherries
- Leafy green veggies, tomatoes
- Green tea
- Healthy fats including coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, almonds, flax seeds, walnuts and other nuts/seeds
4. And not least, LED light mask therapy: green is the go-to color for hyperpigmentation.
The led lights are skin-friendly visible lights, and if you are wondering how it works, the light alters biological material, skin cells, and catalyzing it during the process called photobiomodulation. There is a fascinating story behind it. LED was created for NASA! When astronauts are in the space and they get a cut, there is a problem! “Houston, Houston! We got a problem” it doesn’t heal, as there is no gravity, no oxygen, no sunlight, nothing that drives cells to be multiplied. So they needed to create something to help their cell regeneration, so they can heal. So, LED was created for astronauts and now the beauty industry is using for other noble purposes.
Don’t forget consistency is king in skincare goals!