Age spots, freckles, acne spots – all of these are made possible by Melanin, a pigment that is naturally produced in the skin. While genetics and environmental stress can definitely affect hyperpigmentation, it is an effective skincare routine that can effectively keep hyperpigmentation at bay.
Melanin is actually a great thing, though it may not look that way when it’s disturbing your otherwise flawless complexion. Melanin actually protects our skin against harmful UV rays.
When melanin goes into overproduction, it deposits more pigment into the skin, resulting in dark spots. The overproduction of melanin can be stimulated by:
About every eighth cell in the epidermis is a melonocyte cell – the cell responsible for hyperpigmentation. When melanin production is triggered, these cells disperse pigments up into the dermis (your outer layer of skin), sometimes creating unnatural and distressing spots on the skin.
The good news is that hyperpigmentation is completely treatable and treatment is as easy as creating a balanced and effective skincare routine. This is because treating hyperpigmentation essentially starts at repairing the basic structure of skin. By using topical applications and encouraging cells to regenerate, dark spots fade quickly and easier.
Here are some skincare musts for reducing hyperpigmentation:
For some, these skincare measures may not be enough. If your dark spots are especially stubborn, you may want to consider microdermabrasion or laser treatments from your local med spa or your dermatologist.
If you would like help finding specific products to help reduce the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation, contact one of our skincare experts today!