If you’ve ever had to deal with hyperpigmentation, it can be stressful. Hyperpigmentation is a term that describes skin that appears darker. It can be small or large patches and not only can it affect your face, but also your entire body. Luckily, it isn’t necessarily harmful, and there are products you can use to treat it.
Types of Hyperpigmentation
The most common types of hyperpigmentation are melasma, sunspots and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Melasma: It is thought that this type of hyperpigmentation is caused by hormonal changes and can also develop during pregnancy. It often occurs on the forehead, face, and stomach, but can also appear in other areas of the body.
Sunspots: Also known as dark spots, age spots, liver spots and solar lentigines, are very common and are caused by excess sun exposure. You will be more prone to getting sunspots if you don’t wear sunscreen regularly! Sunspots usually appear on your face and hands after prolonged exposure to the sun.
Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation: This type of hyperpigmentation is caused by injury to the skin or inflammation, and typically this type is caused by acne or eczema. It can occur anywhere on the body.
How to Treat Hyperpigmentation
There are many topical treatments for hyperpigmentation. Some of them include ingredients such as:
Vitamin C, kojic acid, retinoids, arbutin, soy, niacinamide, glycolic acid peels.
Kiyoko Beauty also has you covered! Click here to check out our collection of products that targets hyperpigmentation and sunspots!
Check out some of our favourites below:
This Hada-Labo Shirojyun Brightening Cream is a moisturizing gel cream that prevents dark spots and rough skin texture. It’s formulated with tranexamic acid, vitamin C derivative, vitamin E, and two types of hyaluronic acid which work together to brighten and enhance complexion and radiance while delivering maximum hydration. This formula is gentle on skin and soothes rough or irritated skin with the anti-inflammatory effects of tranexamic acid. Improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin and suppress the formation of sunspots or freckles with this amazing gel cream!
Fun Fact: “shiro-jyun” (白潤) in Japanese means “brightening and moisture”.
If you’re looking for a product that offers intense hydrating and moisturizing while also fading dark spots and improving your skin’s texture, this fan favourite COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence is for you! It’s a lightweight essence that is highly effective and hydrating and soothing damaged skin. It contains a cruelty free 96% nutritious, low-stimulation filtered snail mucin. Snail mucin is known for giving skin a natural glow in addition to providing benefits such as fading dark spots and sunspots, anti-aging and improving fine lines and skin texture. It is suitable for oily skin or sensitive skin!
Rohto Melano CC is a popular brand in Japan that makes products that feature vitamin C or are targeted towards brightening and dark spots.
This Rohto Melano CC Vitamin C Anti-Spot Brightening Gel is a gel cream that contains vitamin C derivative to specifically target hyperpigmentation and brighten the skin’s overall complexion. It promised to improve the skin’s overall complexion by fading unsightly scars and hyperpigmentation in a moisturizing gel form. It’s formulated with vitamin C and vitamin E derivatives to slow down the skin’s melanin production, which dipotassium glycyrrhizate acts as an anti-inflammatory to combat acne redness and rough texture. It also contains Alpinia extract which brightens the skin and fades the scars.
Other items in this same line are the Rohto Melano CC Brightening Lotion and the Rohto Melano CC Spot Treatment Essence! Both are formulated with the same “dual vitamin” recipe of vitamin C and vitamin E that acts directly on the skin to inhibit the production of melanin and dark spots. Rohto’s vitamin penetration technology allows the brightening active ingredients to fully penetrate deep into the skin!
If you want a cute, budget-friendly sheet mask that contains niacinamide and other powerful antioxidants, this Dr.Jart+ Micro Jet Brightening Solution Mask is for you! This brightening mask inhibits melanin production and reduces the appearances of scars and dark spots. It also contains glutathione and a-bisabolol, which visibly brighten the skin.