Sun spots, age spots, dark spots, oh my! Hyperpigmentation like these classic types can come at any age and stage of life, depending on your lifestyle and genes. From hormone fluctuations that create patches and prolonged UV exposure that can result in melanin clusters to hyperpigmentation caused by an injury or acne scars, uneven complexions are common. But they’re also manageable and, in some cases, reversible. Have hyperpigmented skin? Here are 3 ways to get started on caring for an uneven complexion.
Hyperpigmentation = Use More Sunscreen
Sun blockers help prevent new pigmentation from forming while stopping dark spots from becoming even darker. Apply lotions and moisturizers with SPF at least once per day to protect your skin from even more UV exposure. Be diligent because even a small amount of UV radiation can worsen already-pigmented skin.
Talk to Your Derm About Peels for Hyperpigmentation
Talk to your derm about trying a mild in-office skin peel. When done safely and correctly, peels can exfoliate the top layer of your skin and help get rid of overly pigmented cells. They can also help with signs of aging, like fine lines. Peels usually work best over the long term, so make sure you get all of the facts before committing to regular visits to your derm. As always, safety is first, so listen to your dermatologist’s advice about whether or not peels are a good solution for you.
Stick to Vitamin-Packed Skin Care
Choose skincare solutions with vitamins and antioxidants. Vitamins A, E and C help fight skin damage caused by the sun while neutralizing free radicals. The Age Defense collection by Sebamed is chalk full of these active minerals. Don’t forget to do your research on other anti-aging ingredients that manage and alleviate pigmentation. For example, hyaluronic acid – found in the Sebamed VISIO line – helps to gently remove dead skin cells while nourishing your skin barrier.
Having a hyperpigmented (or hyperpigment-ing) complexion can seem overwhelming. But if you start with these easy action points to form a manageable care routine, that little bit of extra self care will seem like second nature. Promise.
Note: It is always a good idea to get regular checkups at your derm’s office, but especially if you are developing pigmented skin.