Hyperpigmenation vs Hypopigmentation for Women of ColorLet's talk hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is the appearance of dark spots on the skin. Not to be mistaken for scars. Hyperpigmentation is an increase of color on the skin; while, hypopigmentation is a decrease of color on the skin.
Scars, typically, do not go away, while hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation can be treated and if left alone may fade over time. So, what causes the hyperpigmentation on the skin. Inflammation of the skin triggers production of more melanin in the skin and as a result over-
While it can occur on all skin tones, typically individuals of color are more prone to hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation looks like unevenly in spots or patches.
I'm going, to be honest, I can remember being in my early 20's going to see a dermatologist to help treat my acne and hyperpigmentation. I received a prescription for a cream and after a couple of months of painful burning sensation after each application, my skin was almost clear but there were so much visible discoloration and patchy spots on my skin after using "the cream". I went from dark spots to what looked like white spots. After being told by the physician my skin tone would naturally even out over time. I went to covering up with foundation just to feel normal.
Then, of course, I discovered hydroquinone, which is used to restore your skin to its natural condition and lighten the dark areas but after a few months of using it, my face and hands were a completely different color from the rest of my body. Not to mention, my skin became extremely sensitive.
In short, there are other options that do not burn and will naturally help even skin. So, let's discuss less painful treatments and solutions.
1. AVOID HYDROQUINONE
Here's the tea on hydroquinone. It's on our list of Dirty 30 Ingredients to avoid and here's why. This ingredient is commonly used as a lightening agent in skin and hair care products including cleansers, moisturizers and hair conditioners. But, studies have shown it does increase skin exposure to UVA and UVB rays, increasing the risk of cancer, organ system toxicity and immunotoxicity.
2. MINERAL-BASED SUNSCREEN
Stock up on mineral-based sunscreens. While we know not all sunscreens are made equally, when it comes to discoloration opt for mineral-based sunscreens. Here's why mineral sunscreen works because it reflects sunlight from the skin while most traditional sunscreens convert sunlight into heat energy that the skin absorbs.
3. BE GENTLE WITH YOUR SKIN
Hyperpigmentation is caused by inflammation of the skin that means no tweezing hairs, popping pimples, use of abrasive exfoliates that irritates the skin.
4. FEED YOUR SKIN VITAMINS
Eat the foods that promote optimal beauty from the inside out rich in vitamins and phytochemicals like carotenoids that protect against sun damage, Beta-carotene that converts into Vitamin A, Zinc that's important for collagen formation and healing tissue. In a nutshell, eat carrots, almonds, avocado, sweet potatoes, papaya, pineapple, kale, and beets. You can also use our Hibiscus and Wild Carrot Cleansing Bar made with fresh organic carrots and rice milk followed by the Balancing Face Serum enriched with Rose Geranium and Carrots to feed your skin and naturally even out skin tone feeding skin vitamin B, beta-carotene, and zinc.
Dry body brushing helps shed dead skin cells and encourages new cell renewal, which results in a brighter skin. It assists in improving vascular blood circulation, lymphatic drainage, and smoother skin.