WHAT IS HYPERPIGMENTATION AND HOW DO YOU GET RID OF IT?
Hyperpigmentation is a common phenomenon, especially during the summer months when the chances of getting these spots are higher than usual. But what is hyperpigmentation exactly? And how do you take care of it? Witlof Skincare's skin expert, Caroline van Eeuwijk, explains.
At Witlof Skincare, we believe that every skin is unique and should be celebrated. We find it important to teach you how to properly care for your hyperpigmentation, resulting in happy and healthy skin!
WHAT IS HYPERPIGMENTATION?
Hyperpigmentation (or dark spots) is caused by the accumulation of melanin cells in the skin, the cells responsible for your sun-kissed skin in the summer. This can happen due to hormonal changes, congenital skin conditions, or sun damage.
IS PIGMENTATION THE SAME AS HYPERPIGMENTATION?
No, they are not the same thing, although they are related! ‘Pigmentation’ refers to the normal colour of your skin. In contrast, ‘hyperpigmentation’ refers to uneven pigmentation. These spots can be pink or red in colour, as well as darker browns, or simply be a darker colour of your skin tone.
ARE DARKER SKIN TONES MORE PRONE TO HYPERPIGMENTATION?
Yes. As darker skin already naturally creates more melanin, the over-accumulation of melanin cells in the skin is much more common. Direct exposure to the sun also darkens spots of hyperpigmentation, and as it is a common misconception that those with dark skin do not need to wear sunscreen, this can contribute to hyperpigmentation. Find out more about sun exposure on our other blog, How To: Suncare.
IS HYPERPIGMENTATION SKIN CANCER?
There is no connection between hyperpigmentation on the skin and skin cancer. Although the accumulation of certain types of cells may become cancerous, melanin cells are not one of these. However, do not mistake a possibly dangerous spot with hyperpigmentation. Spots that are larger (2-3 centimetres in length) and that are inflamed may be dangerous. Please see a medical professional if you are concerned.
HOW LONG DOES HYPERPIGMENTATION TAKE TO FADE?
The amount of time hyperpigmentation takes to fade is based on your individual condition, environment and skincare routine. Direct exposure to the sun darkens these spots. This is also based on your genetics. On average, hyperpigmentation takes from 6-12 months to fade. See below on how to care for your skin properly!
HOW TO CARE FOR HYPERPIGMENTATION?
To care for your hyperpigmentation, you can do several things:
- Applying a good natural sunscreen, such as the Nourishing Day Cream SPF 30 or Tinted Day Cream SPF30, is the most important prevention against the development of hyperpigmentation.
- Using a fruit acid peel, such as the Smoothing Peel, can help, but don't forget to protect your skin very well from the sun.
- Vitamin C is a good remedy for hyperpigmentation. Ingredients like apple water and rosehip seed oil have the same effect. A spritz of the Balancing Toner or a drop of Regenerating Oil Serum can help reduce pigmentation in the long run.
- But... patience is key. Pigment spots can definitely fade with the right approach, but it doesn't happen overnight.
Want to learn more about pigmentation and how to care for it? Schedule a free online skin consultation with Caroline.