Think about how nice it would be to have evenly toned skin free of hyperpigmentation, melasma, and other dark spots.
Even though having perfect skin is very appealing, it's important to remember that this doesn't always mean that your skin is healthy. Yet, we can all agree that it is something we desire.
While hyperpigmentation can affect people of any skin color, it most frequently affects those with dark skin tones and can be challenging to treat.
In this article, we'll learn how to manage hyperpigmentation on melanin-rich skin and boost your self-esteem.
These are dark spots, patches, or uneven skin tone with blotchiness. Even though darker skin tones are more prone to hyperpigmentation, anyone can have hyperpigmentation of the face and body.
Hyperpigmentation happens when there is too much melanin, the pigment that gives skin, hair, and eyes their color. In this case, hyperpigmentation occurs because some parts of the skin make too much melanin.
What Causes Hyperpigmentation?
Multiple factors can stimulate melanin production, but how does hyperpigmentation occur? The primary causes are:
Tans and age spots are typical examples of this. Sun damage is the root cause of this form of hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation can happen even if you don't spend much time in the sun, and age spots don't always show up simultaneously.
Hyperpigmentation can be caused by hormone-related problems, such as when there is an imbalance in hormone levels. Hyperpigmentation and melasma are two skin conditions affecting women, and oral contraceptives and pregnancy can trigger both.
As we age, our skin loses some of its melanin-producing cells, but the ones that remain are bigger and more concentrated. Age spots become more common around age 40 because of these physiological changes.
Hyperpigmentation can also happen when the skin is hurt or inflamed by acne, psoriasis, lupus, or a wound.
These can happen anywhere on the body; even after the wound has healed, the skin will look dark and discolored.
Diseases and Drugs
Hyperpigmentation can also be a physical indication of certain disorders. This can involve various immunological and gastrointestinal ailments, metabolic abnormalities, and vitamin deficits. Chemotherapy treatments, antibiotics, and anti-seizure meds are all examples of drugs that have the potential to set it off.
It is possible to reduce or eliminate pigmentation spots on dark skin. In fact, there are many ways to get rid of spots. In order to reduce hyperpigmentation on black skin, you can try the following:
It is important to gently wash your face in the morning and evening to remove dirt and oil and to stimulate cell regeneration. We recommend our African Black Soap Cleanser, which is suitable for all skin types and uses natural ingredients like shea butter, honey, aloe, palm oil, and cocoa to make skin look and feel better.
2. Utilize spot correctors:
After you've washed your face, use a spot-correcting serum. With Lovejoy's Kojic Acid Glow Face Serum, you can say goodbye to those unsightly marks to achieve a clean, clear, and even skin tone.
3. Moisturize based on your skin type:
Black and matte skins are more likely to become dehydrated in temperate climates. Darker skin tones also tend to secrete more sebum. Keeping them supple without relying on grease is therefore essential.
Pick a skin care regimen that works for your skin type (dry, normal, combination, or oily). To make your choices easier, try our Brightening Self-Care Bundle, formulated to tackle stubborn dark spots and hyperpigmentation. This treatment will leave your skin feeling silky smooth, evened out and naturally brighten your skin tone.
If your spots keep coming back, it's best to see a dermatologist. Choose a professional who has experience working with dark skin.