Hyperpigmenation Treatments

Hyperpigmentation implies that excess, unwanted pigment has created a dark spot that is beyond the norm for a given person’s complexion tone. This can happen for many reasons.

What are the most common reasons for dark spots and hyperpigmentation?

  1. Healed skin injuries including pimples, rashes, and wounds that leave excess pigment (called post inflammatory hyperpigmentation)
  2. Melasma
  3. Age spots (solar lentigines and seborrheic keratosis)
  4. Thickened and excessive dead skin cells that have held melanin pigment

Because melanin pigment production is stimulated by UV sun exposure, the most important treatment step is sun protection.

What skin care products do dermatologists use to treat skin with dark spots due to hyperpigmentation?

  1. Broad spectrum sun protection is essential to prevent pigment production that makes the problem worse.
  2. Exfoliation of the dead cell layer that holds pigment will lighten hyperpigmentation. An exfoliating sponge, scrub or shower cloth is a simple way to exfoliate excess pigment in dead cells. Use of glycolic acid that helps loosen dead cells also helps even skin color, which improves hyperpigmentation.
  3. Using of skin care products that lower the production rate of melanin will help as well. These include retinoids (retinol and tretinoin), vitamin C, hydroquinone, and some botanicals such as kojic acid.

Find products below including face and body glycolic acid products, my Retinol Night Cream, sunscreens, my Pigment Fading Pads, skin care routines and more that I have use for years to treat problems with uneven skin pigment in my dermatology practice. 

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  1. Dr. Bailey Sheer Strength Pure Physical Invisible Sunscreen, SPF 50™ Broad Spectrum Protection

    Sheer Strength Pure Physical Invisible Sunscreen, SPF 50™ Broad Spectrum Protection

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    Oil-free and oil control ultra-light and tinted matte technology in a hypoallergenic sunscreen – it’s the holy grail for oily and sensitive skin AND it’s elegant for all skin types too! Contains iron oxide too making it the best sunscreen for melasma. 

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    This luscious and all natural face cream is my absolute new favorite face sunscreen! Natural, broad-spectrum mineral zinc oxide protection that feels and looks so good on your skin that you'll want to wear it 24/7.

    $45.00
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    Completely oil free and ultra light feel on the skin make this sunscreen a marvel. Perfect for oily to normal and acne prone skin. Comes with either a clear or tinted option to help soften complexion flaws for all skin types.

    $32.50
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    Pressed Mineral Makeup Powder™

    Long-lasting, full coverage in a matte finish that won’t flake or cake.

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    Silky and oil absorbing for a light weight matte finish. Use alone or as a finishing powder.

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    Raw Elements Tinted SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

    Raw Elements is the highest performance sunscreen I’ve ever found. A product that’s perfect for your most rigorous athletic activities in intense sun exposure circumstances. Reef safe too.

    $19.00

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