Are you dealing with hyperpigmentation issues? You know, the pigmentation that builds up due to basic things like aging, too much exposure to the sun and acne scarring.
Getting rid of this stuff isn’t easy, but it’s not impossible. There are lots of in-office treatments which you can opt for, but many of them are not expensive, time-consuming, and quite frankly, inconvenient. You may want to think about stepping up your at-home skin care game through the use of adding new ingredients to the mix.
There’s one ingredient that was once touted as being a great ingredient to work into your skin care regimen if dealing with these issues. However, hydroquinone is no longer the favored ingredient due to the burning and redness that consumers have had to deal with lately. Not to mention some of the nasty blisters that some people have developed from this ingredient.
If you’re looking for alternative ingredients to better treat your hyperpigmentation issues, then this is what you need to know.
Ingredients To Consider For Fighting Hyperpigmentation Issues
One of the first ingredients that you’ll want to look into using is kojic acid. This is a skin brightening ingredient that’s a byproduct of sake. The reason that people use products containing this ingredient is due to its ability to suppress tyrosinase activity.
Next on the list is peptides. Anti-aging peptides are awesome for fixing hyperpigmentation and they work quite well when you’re incorporating ingredients such as niacinamide, retinol, and vitamin C. These ingredients will help reduce the appearance of any dark spots that you have on your skin.
You’ll also want to give alpha arbutin a try. This ingredient is derived from bearberry. The ingredient functions similar to how hydroquinone does and you’ll notice that your skin looks bright as can be when you start using it.
This next ingredient is a pigment fixer called chaga. It’s loaded with antioxidants and it’s an anti-inflammatory as well as an anti-pigmentation ingredient. The mushroom-derived ingredient works to help reverse any effects that excessive sun may have caused. It also prevents melanin from further spreading.
You’ve heard me talk about this ingredient many times over, beta hydroxy acids are great for your boosting cell turnover. When you’re cells turnover quicker, you lose the pigmentation quicker.
Let me not forget about heparan sulfate analog aka HSA. This is actually an ingredient which has been patented. It’s best known for improving your tone, elasticity, and your texture. You can expect for your pigment status to be slightly corrected if you’re using a product that contains this ingredient.
Of course, I couldn’t leave the retinol off this list of hyperpigmentation fixers. You likely know that retinoids help increase the cell turnover process and as a result, pigmentation buildup slowly reduces and it eventually disperses, making it appear less prominent.
Last but not least, the one and only vitamin C. This is the mega of all antioxidants as it’s got the power that many of these other ingredients do not. It’s about as versatile as they come and can help to repair, brighten, do a bunch of other stuff for your skin.
Well, those are the hyperpigmentation ingredients that I recommend working into your daily routine. If you’re suffering from hyperpigmentation issues, then there’s plenty that you can do. As for specific products, I’ve got a few to suggest trying. The first one that I’m going to suggest is by Medical Grade Skin Care. It’s their hyperpigmentation product, which for full disclosure purposes I will say contains hydroquinone. There are other product options out there if you’re looking for something that doesn’t contain this ingredient.
For example, one of the products you might consider using is the Brightening Serum by Sunday Riley. I’ve been personally testing this product out and it does the job nicely.
Are all of these products equal and do the all work effectively?
NOPE – they are not all equal.
If you want to win this battle against hyperpigmentation, then you need to put in the work and test which ingredients work best for your skin. I like to think that fighting hyperpigmentation is similar to starting a diet.
You don’t want to start a fad diet, but you’ve got to test a bunch of things out until you find out what works best for your body. The same rules apply for pigmentation issues.