6 Ways to Treat Hyperpigmentation
Wednesday, 29 April 2020

 Hyperpigmentation refers to darker patches of skin, usually caused by excess melanin production. This excess production can be due to a variety of reasons, including sun damage, acne scars, and hormone changes. This skin condition is relatively common, and there are a variety of ways to treat it. Keep reading to learn about some of the most popular treatments currently available.

 1. Skin Lightening Creams

Skin lightening creams are easy to acquire. You can purchase some variations over the counter. However, some more potent formulas require a prescription. Generally, this treatment involves application one to two times a day. This method may take longer to produce results than others, but it is one of the cheapest. If you're looking for something with minimal chemicals, you could consider plant-based options like Meladerm.

2. Hydroquinone Creams

Hydroquinone is a skin-lightening agent that bleaches the skin to reverse the effects of hyperpigmentation. While historically there have been disputes over its safety, today it can be purchased over the counter at the 2% concentration. If you have dry or sensitive skin, you may want to be especially cautious when using this treatment method.

3. Vitamin C Serums

Vitamin C serums take advantage of their acidic nature to encourage the skin to regenerate. As it does so, it becomes smoother and brighter. You can purchase these serums at any store that sells supplements, including Walmart, CVS, Target, and more. This natural option can yield an impressive result if it is used consistently for a significant amount of time. Now you know that Vitamin C has fantastic benefits when used topically in addition to when you consume it.

4. Chemical Peels

Chemical peels take vitamin C serums to the next level. This treatment uses an intense concentration of acids to promote regeneration. While they are available over the counter, you may want to opt for a more substantial professional treatment at your dermatologist's office.

However, it is essential to be aware that both OTC and in-office treatments can cause severe side effects, including irritation and blistering if not used properly. You must also be aware that chemical peels are ill-advised if you spend significant time in the sun. This recommendation is made because they make the skin more susceptible to the adverse effects of the sun's rays. If you do choose to get a chemical peel, then you must be sure to be extra cautious outside. Apply plenty of sunscreen.
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