Everything You Need to Know about Hyperpigmentation AKA Dark SpotsAugust 18, 2022 2023-04-11 11:04
Everything You Need to Know about Hyperpigmentation AKA Dark Spots
If you are no stranger to hyperpigmentation, you are already used to constantly trying not to touch the acne or pimples on your skin and hoping they don’t leave dark marks. I’m always reminded of this when I look at my knees and elbows. Let’s not even begin to talk about my armpits. But before I get into my battle with the dreaded H-word, let’s set the record straight. Melanin King and Queen, there is absolutely nothing wrong with having hyperpigmentation. You are human and your skin just needs a little bit more love! Hyperpigmentation happens and it’s really common among people of all ages and skin types.
So What is Hyperpigmentation Exactly?
Hyperpigmentation is a very common condition where dark spots form on your skin. The darkened spots can be the result of excess melanin production.
The most common causes of Dark Spots?
- Excess UVA/UVB ray exposure
- Physical injuries, like cuts, bruises- oh, and picking pimples
- Friction- A lot of people are not going to like this but it’s time to let go of those tight clothes and underwear
- Rashes and allergic reactions
Wait, could I be making my hyperpigmentation worse?
Absolutely, yes, you could be standing in your own way when it comes to clearing up dark spots, including…..
You’re not getting enough Sun Protection
Just before you start chanting SPF, just relying on SPF is not enough. You need to wear protective clothing like hats, scarves and long-sleeved clothes in the sun. Overexposure to the sun’s UV rays can stimulate the overproduction of melanin, making your existing dark marks even worse, and causing old spots to come back with a vengeance. If you’re not covering up, all that work you put into your skincare routine is basically ineffective.
You’re a bit aggressive with your skin
Doing the most with your skincare can do more harm than Good. Before you add a product to your skincare stash ask yourself a couple of questions:
- Do I really need this?
- Could this ingredient be too harsh for my skin type?
- What do I expect this to do for me?
The most effective routines are targeted ones. Aim for a skincare routine that is concise and features products that work well together.
Okay, so how do I clear up my dark spots?
When it comes to putting together a solid natural skincare routine that treats hyperpigmentation, you need to follow these steps:
Step 1: Use a Gentle Cleanser
You need to cleanse before putting a drop of product on your skin. In order for those rich and natural ingredients to fully absorb and do their thing, you need to get rid of the oil, dirt and grime
You can lather up with these cleansers
Step 2: Exfoliate
Exfoliating helps your other skincare products work better. When you don’t exfoliate regularly, you basically have an army of dead skin cells blocking your serums and moisturizers from sinking in and doing their jobs. Once you start exfoliating, you’ll find that your skin is finally able to truly soak in all the goodness you’ve been layering on.
You can slough off the grime with our Laushi coffee scrub
Step 3: Add a Potent Serum
Serums are usually packed with a high percentage of ingredients that work to deeply hydrate your skin or brighten, smooth, and resurface your skin. For dark spots, you want a serum that puts in the work.
This Sha face oil deserves a Spot in your Lineup
Step 4: Moisturize
Moisturiser is another must-have in your routine. Not only does it give your skin the much-needed hydration but it also keeps your skin barrier strong and healthy.
Yup, your skin needs one of these moisturisers
It’s super important to remember that none of these solutions work overnight, so you’re going to need to practice some patience in order to see your tone even out. If you stick with this routine, you’ll start to see clearer skin within a few weeks. The magic words here are patience and consistency and above all don’t forget to be kind to yourself.