Hyperpigmentation is a condition in which patches of skin become darker than surrounding areas due to deposits of excess melanin. There are two common types of hyperpigmentation are called melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). It is important to know which type you have to heal and prevent these marks properly.
Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)
PIH is caused by inflammation in the skin from acne, rashes, or physical wounds such as cuts and burns. PIH presents itself as a flat area of discoloration on the skin ranging from pink to red, purple, brown, or black depending on your skin tone and depth of the discoloration. Red tones are due to increased blood in the area and indicate that healing is still in progress. Red spots can last up to six months and can turn in to brown spots if not treated properly.
Healing of PIH can be boosted with key serums and nutrients to help red spots fade faster and to prevent them from becoming darker spots. Our favorite products for healing PIH are Whitening A, Magic Snow Powder, and Growth Factor Gel. If your PIH is caused by acne, we encourage you to utilize our acne consultation program (free with the purchase of $50 store credit) to address the underlying cause of your PIH. If you are already on a prescribed acne regimen, we recommend using Whitening A or Magic Snow Powder under your Mandelic Serum and layering Growth Factor Gel under your Acne Med as your hydrating gel.
Melasma is a patchy brown discoloration that occurs on sun-exposed areas of the face and is triggered by external hormones such as birth control, internal hormones such as pregnancy, and external sun exposure. For healing melasma we recommend Magic Snow Powder, Lemon Lightening Serum, and Grapefruit Polishing Powder.
For both types of hyperpigmentation, it is extremely important to wear a natural sunscreen every day to protect your skin from sun exposure. Avoid chemical sunscreens as these can exacerbate hyperpigmentation. Our favorite natural sunscreens are Sorella Apothecary Quench & Protect and AOS Prime & Protect.