Suffering from hyperpigmentation problems is a daily reality for many people. Hyperpigmentation or skin discoloration can cause feelings of self consciousness and leads many people to try and cover up their skin problems with heavy make up. Unfortunately heavy make up has its own downsides. First, you can look overly made up. And second, heavy use can cause break outs especially in sensitive skin. The best course of action is to determine what is causing the skin discoloration problem and start the appropriate treatment, rather than trying to cover it up.
Causes of Hyperpigmentation
There are several known causes for hyperpigmentation of the skin. Certain health problems or hormonal changes can cause brown patches of discoloration. Some chemotherapy drugs, oral contraceptives and other medications may also cause skin pigmentation problems. Acne can also cause skin discoloration in the form of scars left behind after the inflammation, known as post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. The most common culprit, however, for hyperpigmentation skin problems is UV rays from the sun.
Hyperpigmentation Treatment Options
Scientists have made phenomenal strides in recent years creating many different treatments for hyperpigmentation. The condition can be common so there are different levels and varieties of products depending on the severity of the case. There are plenty of websites with fix it yourself skin treatment cocktails. And, doctors as well, whose job it is to help you decide between cell therapy, laser surgery, chemical peels or skin lightening creams. Then there are the non-prescription skin lighteners/bleaches that are available with the click of a mouse. Many are even scientifically proven to help you on your journey to an even skin tone.
Non-prescription Skin Lightening Creams
You should choose products that prevent melanin production. This includes formula bases with ingredients such as biowhite and alpha hydroxy acids that promote skin lightening. There are several key active ingredients to look for when selecting a whitening or brightening hyperpigmentation cream product. The most common ingredients that should be in your product include the antioxidants in vitamins A and C and also, Alpha Arbutin, which lightens the skin and diminishes UV damage and dark spots. It is also very important to apply a sunscreen after using these lightening creams.
Additional Recommended Whitener/Brightener Ingredients
Belides are derived from daisies and act as a skin whitening agent providing an even skin tone. NET-DG is a soothing natural ingredient from the licorice root. NET-DG helps to make a product more acceptable to sensitive skin. BV-OCS is actually Vitamin C, a natural ingredient known for its anti-oxidant properties. BV-OCS defends collagen and is a highly effective whitener. Finally, Biowhite is a cutting edge, scientifically proven whitening ingredient. Biowhite is a natural substance derived from mulberry and other plants. Look for this brightening ingredient rather than hydroquinone, which tends to be much more toxic. If you’re still not sure which product will work for you, consult your dermatologist to get a better idea of what product is best for your skin type and also to make sure that you only use safe skin bleaching methods and don’t do anything that could make your skin problem worse.