Hyperpigmentation Products – Find out everything you need to know
Hyperpigmentation, also sometimes known as photodamage or melanin spots are dark areas of skin anywhere on your body. They mostly occur on your face and hands as these are the areas that are most exposed to the suns rays. Exposure to the sun without protection can result in many damaging effects to your skin and can include; areas of pigmentation, lines and wrinkles, dryness and roughness. These effects don’t happen immediately and they will show in the years after unprotected exposure.
We are now so much more aware of the damaging effects the sun can have on our skin and overall health, and most of us now use a sunscreen with a high UVA and SPF factor. Low UVA and SPF protection suncream won’t protect your skin from the suns damaging rays even if it is applied regularly.
Hyperpigmentation or photodamage is where areas of your skin become darker and discoloured compared to the skin around it. It is caused by your body producing excess melanin in these areas which forms dark deposits in the skin. It is a common and usually harmless condition, however, dependent on its severity it can make you feel very self-conscious. It doesn’t cause any physical discomfort and it is visual rather than a physical condition. Hyperpigmentation is one of the most commonly known skin problems and it normally comes in both men and women as we get older. Hyperpigmentation is really difficult to cover up with make-up as the pigmentation shows through quickly after application.
What is melanin?
Melanin is a dark brown or black pigment which naturally occurs in the hair, skin, and iris of the eye and it is produced by our bodies to protect our skin from the UV rays of the sun. It comes in different shades and is dependent on the genetics of an individual as to its colour.
What are the benefits of melanin?
The more melanin produced in your skin the darker it will be. Not many people are aware but it is the melanin pigmentation that protects us from DNA damage and allows our bodies to absorb the right amount of UV radiation needed by our bodies, as well as protecting against folate depletion which is inadequate stores of folic acid within the body.
When your skin is damaged it finds it difficult to regenerate its original pigments and when this happens darker pigments form over the damaged area.
If you get hyperpigmentation spots then this is a sign that either your skin has been damaged by the suns UV rays, or they can occur when you have been taking certain medication, or following damage from a cut, graze, spot or eczema, allergic reactions, incorrect hair removal, hormone changes, and in some rare cases there are genetic and DNA reasons why your body produces too much melanin causing hyperpigmentation.
What can I do about the hyperpigmentation spots I have on my skin?
A lot of people choose to leave the condition as it doesn’t have any physical impact on them, however, for some people, it can make them very self-conscious so they want to do something about it.
The first step you can take is to ensure you wear a good sun cream every day, even if it’s cloudy your skin can be damaged by the UV rays so don’t be fooled by this. Wearing a high SPF, UV and UVB factor sun cream will prevent the pigmentation from darkening in colour and further patches appearing.
There are salon treatments and professional home use products that can reduce, eliminate and prevent further hyperpigmentation and these are detailed further into the article.
What are UVA and UVB rays?
UV rays damage the skin and it needs protection from both UV and UVB rays which have both been linked to skin cancer. Excessive ultraviolet B (UVB) rays are responsible for skin reddening and it has been proven that excessive and continued exposure to the sun without protection will result in your skin burning, again this is linked to certain skin cancers. The UV rays from the sun’s strength will vary depending on your location in the world, the time of year and time of day and sensible exposure to UVB rays with the adequate high factor sun cream protection will result in your skin tanning and not burning.
Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays penetrate deeper into your skin and are responsible for tanning. Being exposed to UVA rays without a high sun cream protection can be the cause of premature ageing including; fine lines, wrinkles, roughness, dryness and hyperpigmentation/ photodamage.
What is SPF?
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and it measures the amount of protection you get from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. The higher the factor the better the protection. The factor number lets you know how much longer you can stay in the sun without your skin burning, compared to not wearing any sunscreen. An SPF of 30 will protect you 30 times longer than if you had no suncream on. Most dermatologists now recommend that a minimum of SPF 30 is worn by everyone.
Sunscreens are rated for their level of UVA protection and when you see “UVA” inside a circle, it is telling you that the UVA protection is at least one-third of the SPF value and therefore meets the EU recommendations.
Some sun creams have a 1-5 star rating and this is a measure of how good their protection is, the more stars the better the sunscreen and protection is. The star rating requires a higher level of protection compared to the EU recommendations.
HL Cosmetics Hyperpigmentation Salon Treatments and Products
HL Hyper-Pigmentation Correction Salon Treatment
This treatment treats hyper-pigmentation or photodamaged blemishes, sunspots and age spots. The treatment has high-performance natural active skin-lightening ingredients which reduce the melanin production in the skin and therefore gets to the root cause of hyperpigmentation.
HL DERMALIGHT Salon Treatment
Our HL DERMALIGHT Treatment is designated to treat the root cause of hyperpigmentation skin issues as well as improving complexion.
It is a unique and effective treatment using ingredients known for their lightening and rejuvenation properties, as well as new generation lightening ingredients which work alongside each other to target hyperpigmentation mechanisms. The multi-target approach focuses on the different levels of hyperpigmentation in the skin.
The DERMALIGHT Treatment is based on a combination of high-quality classic, proven and innovative melanin inhibitors; Butylresorcinol Undecylenoyl Phenylalanine Plant extracts complex Arbutin Azelaic acid Kojic acid Vitamin C Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) in combination, and keratolytic ingredients (AHA & BHA, Mandelic acid), which rejuvenate the skin and remove pigmented skin cells from the epidermis. This synergy provides a visible lightening effect and evening of skin tone.
HL DERMALIGHT Treatment:
- Regulates melanin production
- Removes melanin accumulation
- Improves skin texture
- Reduces hyperactive melanocytes
- Prevents Melanin oxidation and lightens its colour
- Reverses sun damage and signs of ageing
The Benefits of HL DERMALIGHT:
- Lightening of hyper-pigmentation spots
- Reducing age spots and melasma
- Preventing the formation of new skin dark spots
- Creating an even complexion
- Radiating healthy skin
We offer a comprehensive and large range of products that are designed to rectify hyperpigmentation and photodamage conditions and they can be matched to your skin type and its specific needs. Be aware that reducing and removing hyperpigmentation is a slow process but the HL products are the best for this.
HL Hyperpigmentation Home Use Products
DERMALIGHT is a professional, highly active skin-lightening range of products which focus on the treatment of hyper-pigmentation related problems. The innovative formulations present a comprehensive solution to the treatment of skin tone problems as a result of sun exposure, medication, pregnancy and age spots without causing damage to the skins cells and their natural rejuvenation processes. The final result of using these products is effective and long-lasting.
Our ALPHA BETA WITH RETINOL Product range is formulated to renew and improve the texture of the skin and even out the skins tone, giving a uniform complexion. It eliminates hyper-pigmentated areas and dark circles around the eyes that are a direct result of exposure to sun and the ageing process.
Our C THE SUCCESS Products are formulated to delay the skin ageing process, correct and repair skin damage and ageing signs resulting from exposure to the sun and other factors. The products contain an active combination of vitamin C, orange oil and grapefruit extract to slow down the skins ageing process, reduce the depth of lines and wrinkles, increase firmness and obtain an even and glowing appearance.
The HL Home Use Products are designed to rectify existing skin conditions or issues including hyperpigmentation and will prevent the signs of ageing, all complimenting your specific and individual skin.
About HL Cosmetics
Dr Natalya Quandt has been working in the beauty industry and with the Professional HL products for over 15 years. She is highly experienced and has extensive knowledge of the skin, skin types and skin conditions and can recommend the HL products and treatments that will give you the result you are looking for.