Hyperpigmentation can be a natural result of aging or sun exposure. But with careful attention and preventative care, you can limit brown spots, splotchy skin and rough texture, for a radiant and even complexion.
What Causes Hyperpigmentation?
Hyperpigmentation, also known as sun or liver spots, is primarily caused by sun damage. The spots can become darker and even multiply as you get older.
Tips for Reducing the Look of Hyperpigmentation
Tips for Preventing Hyperpigmentation
- Exfoliating Cleansers
Cleansers with microbeads gently buff away the darkened top layers of skin.
- Microdermabrasion Kit or Cleansing Brush
Microdermabrasion kits are safe, at-home treatments similar to the expensive, exfoliating treatments offered by dermatologists.
Cleansing brushes are another great option that gently exfoliate skin to make it smoother and brighter.
- Spot Treatments
Concentrated spot treatments with niacinamide and NAG (N-Acetyl Glucosamine) can help exfoliate the top layer of the skin and fade the look of hyperpigmentation.
- Spot Fading Moisturizers
Reduce the look of brown spots with a moisturizer that contains a brightening complex to help fade the look of dark spots.
- Avoid direct sunlight when possible during the peak hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Sit under an umbrella or in the shade when you are outdoors.
- Shade your face and scalp with a wide-brimmed hat.
- Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 every day. Broad spectrum filters out both UVA rays that lead to the signs of aging and UVB rays that cause sunburn.