The best serums for hyperpigmentation
In this blog we cover the main causes of hyperpigmentation and how to use sunscreen correctly to prevent the reoccurance of hyperpigmentation marks on the skin. We reveal why serums are one of the best ways to minimise and fade hyperpigmentaion such as dark spots, with recommendations that are backed by dermatologists.
Hyperpigmentation is a common skin condition characterised by the darkening or discolouration of certain areas of the skin. It occurs when there is an excess production of melanin, the pigment responsible for skin colour. Hyperpigmentation can be caused by various factors; the three main causes of hyperpigmentation are:
- Sun exposure: causes sunspots.
- Skin conditions such as acne: causes post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and dark spots.
- Melasma: caused by exposure to UV light and hormone changes often associated with pregnancy or certain medications.
Hyperpigmentation can affect people of all skin types and tones and is often a source of concern for many individuals seeking clear and even-toned skin. Understanding the causes, prevention, and treatment options for hyperpigmentation is essential for promoting healthy skin and addressing this common dermatological concern.
How to prevent hyperpigmentation
Before looking into treatments to get rid of hyperpigmentation, it is important to address the factors that contribute to it.
Sun damage is the primary trigger of hyperpigmentation, but it can be prevented by wearing a good quality SPF every day that is at least 30-50 SPF. Not only does wearing sunscreen prevent hyperpigmentation, but it also reduces photoaging (accelerated ageing of the skin caused by UV rays).
We recommend applying sunscreens every day as part of your day routine, with regular reapplication thorough-out the day on sunnier days, especially during the summer.
The La Roche-Posay Anthelios UVMune 400 SPF50 fluid is one of the best sunscreens you could use to prevent hyperpigmentation. This formula is lightweight, doesn’t leave a white cast, compliments all skin types and tones, waterproof, sweatproof, and recommended by dermatologists. If you have oily skin, you can opt for their oil control version to keep your skin mattified throughout the day.
Sunscreen needs to be reapplied at least every 2-3 hours, especially on sunnier days, but we know this can be difficult when you’re not trying to ruin your makeup.
The easiest way to reapply SPF throughout the day is to use a sunscreen that comes in a spray or mist form.
We recommend the Vichy Capital Soleil Hydrating Sun Protection Mist SPF50, suitable for the face, body, and sensitive eyes. This sunscreen has a dry-touch finish, meaning it will not leave shiny cast over your makeup. Alternatively, if you have oily, or blemish-prone skin we recommend opting for La Roche-Posay Anthelion Invisible Anti-Shine Mist which has a light, refreshing texture with anti-shine action.
The best serums for getting rid of hyperpigmentation
Serums are recommended over moisturisers for treating hyperpigmentation because they are formulated with a higher concentration of active ingredients and tend to have a lighter, more easily absorbed texture. When looking for the best serum for hyperpigmentation it is important that it contains ingredients that can soothe the skin to prevent the inflammation that causes dark spots, whilst being able to brighten the areas of existing hyperpigmentation on the skin.
La Roche-Posay Pure Niacinamide 10 Serum
La Roche-Posay Pure Niacinamide 10 Serum is a highly recommended solution for dealing with post-inflammatory dark spots and pigmentation issues. Its potent formula, contains an impressive 10% niacinamide to even out skin tone, repair the skin barrier, and brighten the complexion. This multi-tasking dermatological serum is specifically developed for sensitive skin, and can be used both day and night.
Additionally, the serum's anti-blemish properties are able to soothe the skin and reduce the chance of breakouts (the cause of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation).
Eucerin Anti-Pigment Dual Serum
This advanced serum effectively reduces the appearance of dark spots and helps prevent their re-appearance, resulting in renewed and radiant skin. It achieves these results through Eucerin's powerful formulation of Thiamidol, a clinically proven and patented ingredient that targets the root cause of hyperpigmentation, preventing recurrence with regular use. This serum can be used both day and night with results becoming noticeable within two weeks, offering a solution to hyperpigmentation caused by factors like sunlight exposure, hormonal influences, and ageing.
Vichy Liftactiv Specialist B3 Serum
Vichy Liftactiv Specialist B3 Serum is a powerful serum, formulated with 4% Niacinamide, Vitamin CG, and Glycolic acid, to target both dark spots and wrinkles caused by sun damage. Niacinamide plays a key role in reducing the appearance of dark spots, while Vitamin CG and Glycolic acid work together to exfoliate the skin, improving its texture and overall radiance.
In addition to its dark spot correcting properties, this serum protects the skin against environmental stressors for healthier looking skin. Vichy Liftactiv Specialist B3 serum contains the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) called glycolic acid, making your skin more sensitive to the sun, so we recommened applying this serum when the skin regenerates at night only.
By Rhysa Phommachanh, BA (Hons) Specialist Hair and Media-Makeup