Let’s talk about small steps and products you can add to your skincare routine to help with hyperpigmentation. To begin, what IS hyperpigmentation? Hyperpigmentation is an incredibly common skin concern that makes certain areas of the skin darker than others. If you are currently struggling with said patches of darker pigmentation, you are not alone! Completely removing signs of hyperpigmentation is incredibly hard, but there is plenty we can do to reduce these spots from flaring and getting worse. I personally struggle with melasma (for which there is no cure) and I am going to give you 3 EXTRA steps I include in my skincare routine to help with my hyperpigmentation.
For starters, I love adding a Topical Cysteamine into my routine. This cream works as a skin-lightening agent that is used to treat hyperpigmentation disorders, including melasma, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and lentigines. Essentially, Topical Cysteamine helps decrease melanin production within the skin. When you use it, apply it to rested skin and leave it on for 15 minutes before washing it off and continuing on with your routine.
Next up, I NEVER leave the house without taking one or two Heliocare supplements. This Derm recommended supplement is Polypodium Leucotomos, which helps give your skin a little bit of extra sun protection. It should be noted that this will not replace sunscreen, it should be used as an addition to it.
Finally, I always use a tinted sunscreen when I am dealing with hyperpigmentation. The iron oxides in tinted sunscreen help to protect from visible light. Visible light is a variable that will make hyperpigmentation worse. I LOVE this tinted sunscreen from Elta MD, it is an absolute must-have.
I know hyperpigmentation can be incredibly stubborn and discouraging to work with. Just remember, be consistent with your skincare routine, ALWAYS wear sunscreen, and try these three steps as a little bonus. Have any questions? Comment them below or DM me, I am more than happy to help. For more on managing pigmentation, make sure to read my blog post on The Basics of Tackling Pigmentation.
*This post IS NOT medical advice.