How to Treat & Prevent Hyperpigmentation

 

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We get asked about this a lot, and although it isn’t harmful to the skin it is very frustrating to deal with! Today, we are going to guide you through how to treat and prevent acne-related hyperpigmentation.  

 

What is it

Hyperpigmentation occurs when dark patches develop after a blemish has healed. Hyperpigmentation can be caused by sun damage, inflammation, or other skin injuries, including those related to acne vulgaris. People with darker skin tones are more prone to hyperpigmentation, especially with excess sun exposure. Many forms of hyperpigmentation are caused by an excess production of melanin.

The Keys to Treating Hyperpigmentation:

There are a few general rules for treating hyperpigmentation.

  1. Exfoliating

Exfoliation is important for every skincare routine, but it is especially beneficial when it comes to reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Incorporating a gentle exfoliator 2-3 times a week will help to break up the pigmented cells to allow them to fade. Combined with a skin-lightening agent- exfoliation will help accelerate the fading process.

  1. Brightening

The next step to eliminating hyperpigmentation is incorporating a skin lightening agent such as Vitamin C to help brighten and illuminate problem areas. Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid l-ascorbic acid, is a powerful antioxidant that helps can help reduce the appearance of scarring and even out your skin tone by boosting collagen production. 

  1. Sunscreen

We bring this up a lot… because it’s just that important! 90% of skincare issues arise from sun damage. So, make sure that you are applying sunscreen! The sun will darken pigmentation and the collagen in the skin that helps scars to heal.

Great Facials and Treatments:

At-Home Treatments

Micro-needling/ dermal rollers:  

Have hundreds of microneedles that surround a rotating cylinder. These microneedles create micro-channels in your face that prompts the body to heal these micro-wounds by releasing collagen and elastin. Because the channels created are so minimally invasive there is no real recovery time. is can be used for all skin types. Some of the main benefits are skin rejuvenation and tightening, reduced acne scarring, reduced appearance of hyperpigmentation, reduced appearance of enlarged pores, and reduced appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. 

Spa Treatments

Microdermabrasion



Chemical Peels

A chemical peel is a treatment that utilizes an acid solution to remove the outer layers of the skin that are damaged. These treatments help to smooth and enhance the texture of the skin as well. The acids used to exfoliate the outer layer of dull skin away. This reveals a new layer of skin with improved tone and texture.

Laser treatments  

 

Other tips

  1. Keep acne-prone skin moisturized and hydrated. Creating a protective barrier on the skin’s surface to lock in moisture will help protect skin while it heals will help lessen the chances of a noticeable scar.
  2. Switch up your diet. If you have persistent acne with no improvement, go dairy-free for three months and see if it makes a difference.
  3. Don’t pick at your acne

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