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Hyperpigmentation removal: What you need to know

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Hyperpigmentation removal

Do you suffer from sun spots, discoloration or dark acne scars? You’re not alone. Dark spots and discoloration, otherwise known as hyperpigmentation, are one of the most common skin concerns in the United States, especially if you have a darker skin tone.  Keep reading to learn about hyperpigmentation removal now.

 

Hyperpigmentation: Types and causes

 

From tans to acne, your skin keeps a visible record of the trauma it faces, which often shows up in the form of hyperpigmentation. While it might not show up for days or even years afterward, the hyperpigmentation you see now is the result of one of three triggers that causes the excess production of melanin:

 

1) Hyperpigmentation Trigger: UV Exposure

UV rays (whether via the sun or trips to the tanning bed) results in a tan – which is a response to injury in the skin. High exposure over time will produce unevenly distributed patches of melanin, often called “age spots.”

 

2) Hyperpigmentation Trigger: Hormonal Imbalance

Hormonal birth control, hormone replacement therapy, and pregnancy can cause a surge of hormones that cause uneven melanin production, leading to what’s called melasma – or “the mask of pregnancy.” Exposure to UV radiation can make it more pronounced.

 

3) Hyperpigmentation Trigger: Injury

Often called Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (or PIH), waxing, acne, insect bites, and razor bumps can cause excess pigmentation at the site of irritation. UV exposure can make it appear even darker. PIH occurs in roughly 65% of African Americans (1).

 

 

Your hyperpigmentation removal plan

 

1) Exfoliate

Exfoliation is necessary for all skin types for a variety of skin concerns including hyperpigmentation. It is a key step in your hyperpigmentation treatment plan as it speeds up cell turnover to remove hyperpigmented cells faster. Exfoliation also removes the upper “crust” of skin so active lightening and brightening products can better penetrate the skin.

 

2) Lighten and brighten

Your best and safest bet to curing hyperpigmentation is to use LightPlex GigaWatt Dark Spot Corrector and/or LightPlex MegaWatt Skin Brightener. Both use a breakthrough brightening blend that brightens only the pigmented areas without lightening the surrounding skin. Neither includes hydroquinone like other hyperpigmentation products, making them safer for the skin.

In a consumer perception study, 99% of women thought that LightPlex GigaWatt Dark Spot Corrector helped to correct uneven skin tone, sun damage, and discoloration, while 100% of women believed LightPlex MegaWatt Skin Brightener increased luminosity and brightened overall skin tone after 28 days (2).

Not only are they effective, they’re also lightening-fast! You can see results in as little as 2 weeks and the results just get better with use:

 

Hyperpigmentation removal

 

Hyperpigmentation removal

 

3) Protect & prevent

At the end of the day, even the best hyperpigmentation products will be useless if you don’t protect your skin from UV damage. Prevent hyperpigmentation and protect skin by always wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen, even if you don’t plan on going outside. Further protect skin by addressing the underlying issue, whether that’s acne, hormones or injury.

 

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1) Source: Davis, Erica C., and Valerie D. Callender. “Post-inflammatory Hyperpigmentation: A Review of the Epidemiology, Clinical Features, and Treatment Options in Skin of Color.” The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology. Matrix Medical Communications, July 2010. Web. 29 Aug. 2016.

2) Source: The Bioelements LightPlex MegaWatt Skin Brightener and LightPlex GigaWatt Dark Spot Corrector consumer perception study was run by The Beauty Company and was a 28-day, market-ready product testing group of 100 women that experienced a range of dark spots, sun damage, age spots, melasma, uneven skin tone, dullness and hyperpigmentation.

 

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