Hyperpigmentation, one of the the most annoying yet common skin concerns. It can stem from a variety of issues, such as inflammation (acne), hormones, or UV rays. Picky Expert Claudia (@funskincare on Instagram) shares four ingredients great for fading away stubborn, unwanted marks on your skin!
Ingredients For Hyperpigmentation
Kojic acid is made from several different types of fungi. It’s also a byproduct of certain foods ferment, including Japanese sake, soy sauce, and rice wine. Kojic acid inhibits and prevents the formation of tyrosine, which is an amino acid needed to produce melanin. Melanin is a natural skin pigment and the component that makes skin darker!
Azelaic acid is a naturally-occurring acid and can be found in grains like barley and wheat. It has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that help control rosacea and acne. Azelaic acid also inhibits tyrosinase! This makes the ingredient great for fading hyperpigmentation, including melasma and PIH.
Vitamin C is the ‘OG’ of antioxidants. Not only does it fight off free radicals, vitamin C also increases skin production, thereby improving skin elasticity and texture. Vitamin C also helps fade hyperpigmentation from sun damage, acne scars, PIH, and brightens your overall skin tone.
Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Juice (Licorice)
Did you know that licorice can also help with hyperpigmentation? Glabridin, a polyphenolic flavonoid, is the main component of licorice extract. Studies have shown that glabridin prevents Ultraviolet B (UVB) induced pigmentation and exerts anti-inflammatory effects. These properties help with improving and preventing hyperpigmentation.
But, that’s not all! There are even more amazing ingredients for hyperpigmentation:
We know, it can be hard when you’re dealing with hyperpigmentation. Along with these helpful ingredients, here’s a few tips you should keep in mind as well.
It takes some time for your products to work. Give them about 3 – 4 weeks before judging the result. And, to get the best results, make sure to use the product consistently!
Don’t forget your SPF
This cannot be stressed enough. Sunscreen is incredibly important when you’re prone to or dealing with hyperpigmentation! Sunscreen will help by protecting you from any other UV-induced inflammation that can lead to an even worse case. So, lather on that SPF!
Check out the Picky app and use the newly added hyperpigmentation filter under the skin concern filter features! Find a product that is best for your skin type and/or concern. Your skin will thank you! Click here to go to the Picky website, or here to go back to our blog.