How can I treat hyperpigmentation?
Spots and dots on your skin can really make your head spin! Even when skin is otherwise smooth and clear, hyperpigmentation can make you feel like you aren’t making any progress with your skincare routine.
Hyperpigmentation is a medical term used to describe darker patches of skin from excess melanin production and can result from acne, hormonal changes, age, or sun damage. Fading hyperpigmentation can be tricky and lengthy as it never really stays away (i.e., constant maintenance is needed)! Treating dark spots requires sustained self-care or care from an aesthetic professional or doctor, so we’ve compiled a list of the best ways to treat it so you can get your glow on!
1. Prescription lighteners
Dermatologists know best! Prescription skincare contains the most effective ingredients for treating and fading hyperpigmentation that you can’t get over the counter. LaserAway Beauty Lighten Up Rx contains 2% Hydroquinone, long known as the gold standard for treating hyperpigmentation, which works by decreasing the number of melanocytes that create melanin in the skin. Hydroquinone fades dark spots effectively within two to three months, plus you can get a prescription for Lighten Up Rx without a visit to the doctor’s office by just filling out a form online.
2. Aesthetic treatments
IPL, aka Intense Pulsed Light therapy, also known as a photofacial, uses a light-emitting device to improve your skin’s tone by breaking up hyperpigmentation. More specifically, the heat from the light destroys the unwanted pigment while encouraging collagen growth. Clear + Brilliant uses revolutionary fractional laser technology to rejuvenate skin from the inside out, zapping away age spots and reversing the appearance of sun damage and acne scars with minimal downtime. It creates millions of microscopic holes in your skin, replacing damaged skin with healthy tissue to reveal glowing skin. One thing to note is IPL photofacials work best on those with fairer skin types whereas Clear + Brilliant is effective on all skin types.
3. OTC skincare
If you can’t get a prescription, plenty of over-the-counter skincare products contain ingredients that effectively lighten hyperpigmentation.
- Vitamin C. This juicy skin-loving helper prevents skin cells from producing enough melanin to cause hyperpigmentation and actively brightens to reveal glowing, clear skin. LaserAway Beauty Wake Me Up uses vitamin C to brighten and even your skin tone to reveal a more radiant, youthful glow!
- Retinol. This anti-aging holy grail does double duty by stimulating collagen production and increasing cellular turnover to reveal younger-looking skin. LaserAway Beauty My Hero contains retinol, a hyaluronic acid complex, and skin-firming peptides to treat hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, and improve texture for super supple skin.
- Kojic Acid & Tranexamic Acid. These trendy ingredients have been all over internet beauty forums individually for years but come together in LaserAway Beauty Lighten Up Non-Rx Hydroquinone Free to form the ultimate dark spot fighting squad. Kojic and Tranexamic acids work together to lighten dark spots to reveal a brighter complexion.
4. Physical exfoliants
Exfoliating helps diminish the look of dark spots and hyperpigmentation by gently buffing away dead skin cells to reveal more radiant-looking skin. An essential part of every skincare routine, exfoliating dead skin cells allows products to sink into the skin more effectively, producing even better results. LaserAway Beauty Polished Microdermabrasion Face and Body Scrub works on the face and body using professional-grade crystals to deliver softer, smoother, and more radiant skin in a single use.
Sun exposure can cause dark spots and undo your efforts to erase existing spots. Your best defense against sun damage is also the key to protecting your skin while you treat hyperpigmentation AND prevent any further spots from forming. Applying SPF is especially important while using products with hydroquinone, acids, or vitamin c, as these make skin more sensitive to the sun during use. Reach for LaserAway Beauty BFF SPF 30+ Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Face & Body for sun protection that’s colorless and white cast-free, or LaserAway Beauty BFF SPF 50+ Broad Spectrum Tinted Color Corrector for sun protection with a tinted glow!
Say hello to more even skin tone
Want to learn more about how to combat hyperpigmentation and other skin issues? Check out LaserAway, the nation's leading aesthetic dermatology provider. Treatments, such as IPL Photofacials, Clear + Brilliant, and more, are all performed by experienced nurses. Complement your treatments with high-quality skincare products from LaserAway Beauty, which are all dermatologist-developed and tested.