A Guide to treating Hyperpigmentation and Age Spots
What is hyperpigmentation?
Hyperpigmentation is a skin condition that causes areas of the skin to darken over time due to the overproduction of pigment, also known as melanin. Melanin is located in the epidermis, the outer layer of the skin, and is the skin’s natural barrier against the sun.
There are several causes of hyperpigmentation, namely genes, damage from sun exposure, and inflammation. When exposed to UV rays, the body responds by producing more melanin as a defence mechanism. The process of tanning can hide sun damage and years later lead to visible hyperpigmentation – uneven patches of pigment across the body known as sun spots, age spots and freckles.
Dermatologists can diagnose hyperpigmentation and will help you establish the next steps. However, there are solutions that are available over the counter and safe to start using now. Over time they will improve pigmentation and radiance.
How can you treat hyperpigmentation?
Depending on the level of hyperpigmentation you have, it can often be lightened and made less visible with topical skincare treatments.
One skincare product that is available without a prescription is the Rapid Age Spot Correcting Serum from leading dermatological skincare brand Murad. Containing a powerful blend of Niacinamide, Hexylresorcinol, Plankton Extract and Vitamin C, this correcting serum helps to even the skin tone and skin texture in as little as one week. In addition, the super cocktail of ingredients is dermatologically proven to target the signs of ageing by reducing fine lines and wrinkles, as well as promoting brightness.
This radiance-boosting serum can be used mornings and nights, simply massage in after cleansing and then follow with an SPF or night cream. With continued daily use, hyperpigmentation and age spots will begin to fade.