Dealing with hyperpigmentation can be one of the most frustrating tasks because generally there is very little you can do about it, and the treatments and products available work differently on everyone. In the last several years I have tried several home remedies and beauty products to help minimize the appearance of hyperpigmentation on my skin, but till now there have been few products developed specifically for hyperpigmentation. Like other skin conditions, there are several contributing factors to the appearance of hyperpigmentation on your skin as well as the degree of hyperpigmentation that you might experience. So, it is hard to nail down a single product that will work for you or help prevent it. For those that have darker skin and are prone to hyper pigmented skin when exposed to the sun for long periods of time, go the extra mile to protect your skin and cover up commonly problematic areas. Liberal applications of sun block are also recommended.
Marvel-Mini Rejuvenating Facial Light Therapy, $200
Nothing that I have tried has ever entirely removed the appearance of hyperpigmented skin, but this little beauty tool comes pretty close to doing the job. A couple months of use now and I have put it away till I need it again, as the areas I was using it on are only slightly noticeable to myself when I carefully scrutinize my skin.
The Marvel-Mini basically uses light therapy in the form of LED lights set to a specific wavelength to treat hyperpigmented skin. A similar treatment therapy from a professional will end up costing you ten times more over several treatment sessions. With this device, you can use it whenever you need it year after year and it is super easy and convenient– well worth the price tag.
Dr. Susan Taylor’s Rx for Brown Skin, $15-60
Dr. Susan Taylor’s Rx is a beauty and skin care line that was developed especially for women with darker skin tones. I fell in love with this skin care line the first time I tried it, nothing has made my skin look and feel as healthy as it has using these products which bring out the best in my complexion.
To help deal with hyperpigmentation that women with darker skin tones are naturally prone to, there is the addition of soy and pomegranates in the beauty products. Soy naturally reduces the appearance of hyper pigmentation and pomegranate helps reduce inflammation which is one of the causes of the uneven coloring in skin.
PCA Skin pHaze 13 Pigment Bar, $25
I use this product in addition to the other two products I already mentioned. Before I found Dr. Susan Taylor’s line and the Marvel-Mini it was one of the only products I was using regularly because the moment I stopped the discoloration in my skin from hyperpigmentation because very visible. The pHaze Pigment Bar works because there are salt based lighteners that keep the discoloration from returning to your skin after you use it, only they do not work for very long– especially if you expose yourself to the sun again. When you have nothing else though it is a good product to help reduce any discoloration as long as you use it as recommended. I also advise you to keep your skin well moisturized while using this product because I always felt as if my skin was drier than it needed to be.
Shiseido White Lucency Concentrated Brightening Serum, $100
The Shiseido Serum is more of a target treatment, and it works well, but it only helps once you already have visible discoloration on your skin. I like to keep a tube around to use when I have a couple trouble spots pop up and need results fast. The size of the tube and the ability to just dab some on and blend in also makes it the perfect product to go traveling with me.
Lancome Bright Expert Intense Brightening Cleansing Foam, $33
The Lancome Cleansing Foam is a fairly good product to use as a facial cleaner if that is where you are having problems with uneven skin. The ingredients will help even out your skin tone and reduce any sun spots or darkened skin at the same time. When I use the pHaze pigment bar, I like to use this with it because it also helps moisturize my face and keeps my complexion clear.