How to conceal, prevent, and treat hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation, characterized by dark patches or spots on the skin, can be a distressing issue for many folks. This common skin condition arises from an overproduction of melanin, the natural pigment that gives color to our skin. A multitude of factors, such as sun exposure, hormonal imbalances, aging, and skin injuries or inflammation, can contribute to the development of hyperpigmentation. For many, hyperpigmentation can significantly impact self-esteem and confidence. Luckily, through a streamlined approach that focuses on concealing, preventing, and treating, you can effectively manage and even reduce hyperpigmentation – here’s how.
Master the art of concealment
Before you embark on the journey of treating hyperpigmentation, it’s good to know some makeup techniques that can help you even out your skin tone for a more flawless, even look.
- Begin with a primer: Apply a primer as the base. It not only helps in prolonging the wear of your makeup but also evens out the skin’s texture. Opt for a color-correcting primer that will neutralize the tones of hyperpigmentation.
- Use a full-coverage foundation: Select a foundation that matches your skin tone and offers full coverage. This will help in creating an even canvas by hiding the pigmented areas effectively.
- Conceal strategically: Use a concealer that is slightly lighter than your skin tone. Apply it to the hyperpigmented areas and blend it seamlessly into your skin.
- Seal with setting powder: To make sure that your makeup stays in place, use a setting powder. This will also give a matte finish which can reduce the appearance of any unevenness.
Prevention is key
Makeup is a great band-aid, but why not stop it at the source? Avoiding the causes of hyperpigmentation is a proactive approach to maintaining an even skin tone.
- SPF is non-negotiable: Sun exposure is one of the leading causes of hyperpigmentation. Always wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30, like LaserAway Beauty BFF SPF 30+ Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Face & Body, to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays.
- Wear protective clothing: In addition to sunscreen, wear hats and clothing with sun-protective fabric, especially during peak sun hours (10am – 4pm).
Turn to dermatological treatments
For a more hands-on approach to tackling hyperpigmentation, there are several treatments you can use to even out your skin tone for radiant, healthy skin:
- IPL photofacials: Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy, aka IPL photofacials, is a non-invasive treatment that targets the deeper layers of skin. It helps in reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation by breaking down the melanin pigment. It’s important to note that IPL works best on fairer skin types—which brings us to…
- Clear + Brilliant: This is a gentle laser skin treatment that works on all skin types, fighting the early signs of aging and helping to improve skin tone and texture. Clear + Brilliant Perméa is particularly effective in treating melasma, a form of hyperpigmentation.
- Hydroquinone cream: A topical application, hydroquinone cream, such as LaserAway Beauty Lighten Up Rx Dark Spot Corrector 2% Hydroquinone Skin Lightener, works by decreasing the production and increasing the breakdown of melanin pigments in the skin. It’s widely used for gradually lightening dark patches.
Remember, it is essential to consult a medical professional before undergoing any treatment for hyperpigmentation. An expert can guide you through the most suitable options for your skin type and condition. Armed with these concealment, prevention, and treatment tips, you should be more than well-equipped to navigate any hyperpigmentation issues. Want to learn more about treatment options? Reach out to LaserAway, the nation’s leading aesthetic dermatological provider.