Hyperpigmentation is a condition in which patches of skin become darker than surrounding areas due to deposits of excess melanin. There are two most common types of hyper pigmentation are called Melasma and Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH). It is important to know which type you have in order to properly heal and prevent these marks.
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 6 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 regime 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 with its natural hydroquinone alternatives, and Grapefruit Polishing Powder.
For both types of hyperpigmentation it is extremely important to wear a natural sunscreen everyday to protect your skin from sun exposure. Avoid chemical sunscreens as these can exacerbate hyperpigmentation. Our favorite natural sunscreens are Quench & Protect, and Prime & Protect.