13 August 2019
Be in the know about hyperpigmentation
Some skin types are more prone to hyperpigmentation. This may be because of the skin’s natural response to sun exposure or a skin disorder, but it is possible to prevent hyperpigmentation.
Let’s start by explaining what hyperpigmentation is and how it looks on the skin.
What is hyperpigmentation?
While the causes of hyperpigmentation are varied, the result is always similar: it is a skin condition in which you notice darker and lighter areas on your skin, like an uneven tan. So what is the cause of this skin condition?
You probably already know that tanning is determined by the amount of melanin produced in your skin or to be more accurate, that your melanocytes produce melanin, causing your skin tone to become deeper. The more melanin your body produces, the deeper your skin tone will become.
So when it comes to hyperpigmentation, you want to have a closer look at these melanocytes. If some of these cells are, for any reason unhealthy or damaged, it will disturb the melanin production and therefore lead to skin pigmentation disorders.
How can you prevent and reduce hyperpigmentation?
The best way to prevent pigmentation spots is to treat them depending on the kind of hyperpigmentation you are prone to. As we explained before, the hyperpigmentation of your skin is almost always due to a malfunction of your melanocytes, but the reason for this malfunction can vary. So our advice will vary from one case to another.
If you have a tendency to develop freckles and beauty spots
This condition concerns mostly fair skins. Moles and freckles usually appear in our first 30 years of life and can change appearance in future years. As attractive as beauty spots may be, they are still a type of hyperpigmentation and you need to protect your skin.
Skin cancer is on the rise, and it is more important than ever to be protected.
To do so, sun protection is so important.
Every time you go outside, apply a highly protective sunscreen anywhere that is going to be exposed to the sun. It’s best to go for an SPF 50+, like many of our Photoderm products. They will help to protect from the harmful ultraviolet rays that disrupt the production of melanin.
By the way, did you know that you should get checked once a year for skin cancer? Seeing a dermatologist is essential for your health, especially for fair & light skin tones.
What are age spots and liver spots
As your skin matures over the years, it is very likely that you will notice small dark spots on your face, hands or arms. These are referred to as age spots and liver spots.
That’s why BIODERMA developed Photoderm SPOT SPF 50+. As mentioned previously, you should always look for at least an SFP 50+. Plus, one of Photoderm SPOT’s main active ingredients is glabridin, which blocks the pigmentation of your skin. In addition, this anti-brown spot sunscreen prevents ageing thanks to its high concentration of antioxidants. It is advised to be used before and/or after laser treatment and is also suitable after dermatological procedures.
If you have a healing wound
When the surface of your skin is injured you are likely to have damaged the dermis which is where you will find your melanocytes. So if you expose the healing tissue to the sun, the disturbed melanocytes will not be able to properly protect from UV rays. The skin surrounding the scar may burn and cause post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
To avoid damaged skin darkening in the sun, use Cicabio Cream SPF 50+. This cream will accelerate the healing process to repair your damaged skin, and allow your melanocytes to get back to work. Plus, its formula and high sun protection factor limits scars and hyperpigmentation.
If you develop melasma during your pregnancy
Melasma also known as pregnancy mask is caused by hormonal changes in the body that lead your skin to be more prone to hyperpigmentation. It occurs mostly during pregnancy, however it may also develop in women who are not pregnant and in men due to hormonal changes.
For this particular skin concern, Photoderm M SPF50+ is ideal. It will help to brighten and prevent pigmentation from occurring.
Now you’re up to speed on everything about hyperpigmentation! But remember, sun exposure can have different effects on different skin types or skin conditions. For example, if you have acne-prone skin it is very important to adapt your skin care routine in summer –
so go and have a look at our Sebium range; and do not hesitate to contact our skin experts for tips!