Best Carrier and Essential Oils for Hyperpigmentation

What is Hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation a big word for a big problem, it is the 2nd largest 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 where an excess of melanin has been produced and formed 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 its 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.

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. 

Plant-Based 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 is made with rosehip seed oil, red raspberry seed oil, evening primrose oil, and papaya seed oil with rose, sandalwood, carrot seed and frankincense essential oil. This oil provides hydration, which is the cornerstone of healthy skin; cells must be properly hydrated in order for cellular turner to happen. Cellular turnover produces fresh new cells removing the hyper-pigmented ones.

Get our Free Guide on how to jumpstart your skin on your journey of how to get rid of hyper-pigmentation. Holistic medicine is to look at the body as a whole. everything works together synergistically. So if you're dealing with hyper-pigmentation, it's essential to take a look at all areas of your lifestyle and see what could be off balance.

SkincareDonica Johns