What is Hyperpigmentation?
Hyperpigmentation a big word for a big problem; it is the 2nd most significant skin concern for women and men in the US and one that affects over 30 million people worldwide. Hyperpigmentation is the production of excess melanin, causing dark spots on the skin. Age spots, liver spots, freckles, sun spots, pregnancy mask, are all types of hyperpigmentation, and there are several treatments available to reduce or remove the darker skin. Hyperpigmentation refers to areas of skin with an excess of melanin production forms deposits, causing skin patches that appear darker than the surrounding skin.
How melanin affects hyperpigmentation?
Melanin is a pigment produced in the skin of almost all animals on Earth. Melanin is a natural substance in the body that gives the iris of the eye, hair, and skin it's color; melanin is essentially color. Melanin also acts as a kind of natural sunscreen to protect against harmful UV rays; however, it cannot prevent sunburn all on its own, as many people of color have found this out the hard way (ouch).
What causes hyperpigmentation?
Common causes of skin hyperpigmentation include:
Sun exposure - This is one of the reasons that it affects people of color more because most don't use sunscreen and the opportunity of hyperpigmentation from UV is higher.
Heredity - Yes, you can get it from "your mama and dem".
Acne and Hormonal Changes - Teens and pregnant women have outbreaks of hyperpigmentation due to hormonal changes that cause acne as well.
Make sure to use a Sunscreen
Avoid exposure to the sun. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to protect the skin and stop hyperpigmentation from becoming darker.
A key point to note is that darker skin-tones are just as prone to sun damage as their lighter counterparts. That's why wearing a strong SPF (Sun Protection Factor) daily - to protect the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays - is paramount for fighting pigmentation.
Herbs That Can Help Hyperpigmentation
Aloe Vera - Aloesin, a compound that is present in aloe vera, may lighten hyperpigmentation. Aloesin works by inhibiting the production of melanin in the skin. - No. 21 Moroccan Clay Mask
Bearberry Extract- This botanical ingredient contains a natural form of hydroquinone and arbutin as melanin inhibiting agents. Derived from the uva ursi plant, bearberry extract contains potent antioxidant properties that help with hyperpigmentation.
Licorice Extract - This extract aids with the look of uneven skin tone. Since inflammation is a factor in hyperpigmentation, the anti-inflammatory properties of licorice are also helpful.
Vitamin C – is the gold standard in antioxidant-rich, free radical protection. Its high antioxidant content is effective in lightening dark spots and a number of other signs of sun damage - No. 31 Rosehip Facial Oil
How can you use carrier oils and essential oils to treat hyperpigmentation?
Plant-based oils and essential oils are beneficial to treating hyperpigmentation because their natural botanical benefits to heal the skin on a cellular level. Botanicals provide clean nutrition, hydration, oxygen, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, lipids, essential fatty acids, and proteins to nourish the skin. However, not all oils are created equal, and some work better for hyperpigmentation than others.
The Best Oils for Hyperpigmentation
Evening Primrose Oil - The toning qualities in evening primrose oil can help to even out the skin tone and reduce hyper-pigmentation.
Rosehip Seed Oil - is high in fatty acids and vitamin A and this is why rosehip seed oil such an effective acne scar and dark spot remedy.
Tamanu Oil - has nourishing and anti-inflammatory and has many antioxidants. It is used to treat acne scars, dry skin, and stretch marks
Vitamin E Oil - is an essential part of your daily skin routine as it will help repair damaged skin cells and generally revitalize your skin as a whole. A must have oil to help reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation.
Papaya Seed Oil - it contains Vitamins A, C, and E, all of which are powerful compounds to lighten scars and hyperpigmentation.
Essential Oils for Hyperpigmentation
Carrot Seed Oil - In my opinion, carrot seed oil is the best for hyperpigmentation due to its high beta-carotene that helps to remove pigmentation by hindering tyrosinase ( an enzyme that produces melanin.
Frankincense Oil - has powerful antiseptic and healing properties. This oil is used to brighten dull and dark skin from sun damage.
Tea Tree Oil - helps to fade away the acne and other facial scars present on the skin
Lemon Oil - is excellent for lightening dark spots on the skin, due to its bleaching properties.
Rose Oil - Rose oil is antibacterial, antiviral, and excellent for clearing cases of acne.
Sandalwood Oil - its anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory qualities make sandalwood perfect for hyperpigmentation.
Geranium Oil - is very effective in lightening scars, blemishes, and dark spots.
We have created a facial serum to help those suffering from hyperpigmentation. Our No. 31 Rosehip Hyperpigmentation and Blemish Oil made with rosehip seed oil, red raspberry seed oil, and evening primrose, and papaya seed oil with rose, sandalwood, carrot seed, and frankincense essential oil. Our oil provides hydration, which is the cornerstone of healthy skin; for cellular turnover, cells must be adequately hydrated. Cellular turnover produces fresh new cells removing the hyper-pigmented ones.
It's essential to take a look at all areas of your lifestyle and see what could be off-balance if you're dealing with hyperpigmentation. Holistic medicine is to look at the body as a whole; everything works together synergistically.
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