Best Products For Hyperpigmentation For Dark Skin
Hyperpigmentation, the darkening of patches of skin, is a common, usually harmless condition that can affect the skin colour of people of any race. It occurs when an excess of melanin, the pigment that produces normal skin colour, forms deposits in the skin. Thankfully, there are several highly effective beauty products for hyperpigmentation on the market.
Age or liver spots are a common form of hyperpigmentation and occur due to sun damage. They appear as small darkened patches on areas of the body that are most exposed to the sun, such as the the hands and face. Melasma or chloasma spots are larger areas of darkened skin that appear most often as a result of hormonal changes such as pregnancy. Women who take birth control pills may also suffer due to the bodies undergoing a similar hormonal change.
Hyperpigmentation can also result from external causes such as acne which may leave dark spots after the condition clears. Other causes may be injuries to the skin, including some surgeries. Affected areas can become darker from exposure to the sun so it is important to wear sunscreen. A single day of excess sun can undo months of treatment.
Most prescription creams used to lighten the skin contain hydroquinone, and twice the amount than over-the-counter skin bleaches. They serve to lighten and fade darkened skin patches by slowing the production of melanin so dark spots gradually fade to match normal skin colour. Here are 10 of the best products for hyperpigmentation to incorporate into your skincare regime.
REN Ready Steady Glow AHA Tonic, £25, 250ml
Azelaic acid precursor helps to brighten the skin and provides a natural glow. Works to correct dullness, congestion and enlarged pores in the skin. To use: Apply mornings and/or evenings using a cotton pad. Sweep across the face, avoiding the eye area. Use with sun protection.
Pigmentbio Daily Care SPF 50+, 40ml, £18.50
Non-comedogenic, intense moisturiser that evens and brightens the skin tone whilst protecting the skin against harmful external influences. The 5 products within the range targets three biological stages responsible for hyperpigmentation reducing inflammation, limiting melanin production and boosting skin cell renewal. Contains vitamins that act together to strengthen the skin’s barrier: Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Vitamin PP.
Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair Dark Spot Corrector, £19.50, 29ml
A powerful punch of ingredients including ascorbyl glucoside (vitamin C) and retinol. Improves the look of stubborn dark spots and discolouration, revealing noticeably more even, younger-looking skin in just one week.
Sunday Riley Good Genes Glycolic Acid Treatment, £199, 1 fl oz
Revive and brighten the complexion with the Sunday Riley Good Genes Glycolic Acid Treatment, a multi-tasking moisturiser and mask that works to refine, clarify and rejuvenate without drying the skin. Apply as a serum, twice a day, to gently exfoliate without drying the skin.
Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, £40, 30ml
Enriched with activated vitamin C, peony extract and white birch extract, to be used twice daily. Promotes youthful clarity while helping to reduce the appearance of dark spots, discolourations and hyperpigmentation.
Pigmentbio Foaming cream, 200ml, £15
a brightening cleanser that promotes the disappearance of dark spots and keeps them from reappearing. The 5 products within the range targets three biological stages responsible for hyperpigmentation reducing inflammation, limiting melanin production and boosting skin cell renewal. Contains vitamins that act together to strengthen the skin’s barrier: Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Vitamin PP.
Clinique Even Better Serum Anti Stain, £74, 50 ml
A dermatologist-developed formula that evens the skin tone. Helps reduce the appearance of dark spots, age spots, traces of a blemish past. For all ethnicities. Can be used comfortably twice daily, and long-term. Suitable for all skin types and tones.
Zelens Luminous Brightening Serum, £140, 30ml
A supercharged, complexion-correcting treatment, proven to help hyperpigmentation. Infused with an exclusive Zinc Glycine Complex, Z Luminous Brightening Serum significantly reduces proliferation and melanin production and has an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin.
Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum, £46, 30ml
Highly concentrated ingredients that reduces signs of skin damage, including sun spots and blemishes. A hard-working serum that helps decrease the impact of ageing on the skin.
Oskia Renaissance Brightlight, £90, 30ml
The intensive daily correcting serum is formulated with a unique blend of thirteen bio-available actives and nutrients that act deep down to even out skin tone and ensure a visibly brighter, illuminated complexion.
Eve Lom Advanced Brightening Serum, £120, 30ml
An advanced formula that gently exfoliates the complexion and helps moderate the skin’s renewal cycle. The serum provides a daily treatment that helps to reduce the appearance of dark spots, wrinkles and acne scars. Additionally, the skin’s texture is refined, firmed and radiance is increased
Dr Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Brighten & Firm Vitamin C Serum, £119, 30ml
A gel serum with vitamin C and collagen amino acids that help support skin regeneration and repair.
Pigmentbio C-concentrate Serum, 15ml, £23
The serum contains the right dose of Vitamin C for intense pigmentation correction.The 5 products within the range targets three biological stages responsible for hyperpigmentation reducing inflammation, limiting melanin production and boosting skin cell renewal. Contains vitamins that act together to strengthen the skin’s barrier: Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Vitamin PP.
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