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Hyperpigmentation Cause and Cure

Ask Bella: What is Hyperpigmentation, Why Does It Happen and How Can I Get Rid of It?

Hyperpigmentation is the darkening of patches of skin or due to ramped-up melanin production, resulting in blotchy looking skin and uneven skin tone. It can be caused by many things, predominantly the sun, ageing, pregnancy and other hormonal changes (chloasma), products or medications that contribute to photosensitivity and even the skin's reaction to acne or waxing (post-inflamatory pigmentation).

Sun exposure makes melanocyte cells (which produce melanin) go into overdrive so SPF 30+ is a key element in preventing hyperpigmentation however it won't reduce or fade sun spots once they appear on the skin. Instead you'll need to look for skin whitening and anti-pigmentation products specifically designed to reduce age spots and even skin tone.

Keep reading . . .Here are some products, ingredients and treatments to try:

  • <product target="_blank" href="">Alpha-H Anti-Pigmentation Kit</product> ($99)
  • <product target="_blank" href="">SK-II Whitening Spots Specialist</product> ($175)
  • <product target="_blank" href="">Danné Montague-King Melanoplex Créme</product> ($109)
  • Hydroquinone. Be sure to check with your doctor before using products that contain hydroquinone. It is not suitable for people who are pregnant or those on certain medication.
  • Liquorice. This is great for those suffering from pigmentation problems.
  • Omnilux. This salon treatment requires no downtime and fades hyperpigmentation.
  • DIY: Marie Veronique Nadeau shared this at-home mask treatment with our US site. "Apply a light layer of olive oil as a buffer. Then, scrub a quartre of a lemon over your face for about 30 seconds. Wash off. Only do it once a week and wear sunscreen afterwards."
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