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Hyperpigmentation Treatments

Sun spots and dark patches of pigment on the skin are all examples of hyperpigmentation, a condition characterized by too much melanin, the pigment that gives skin and hair its color. Hyperpigmentation is most commonly caused by overexposure to the sun, but it can also come from other types of skin injury. An example is dark spots left in areas where acne bumps once were. The trauma of picking at or popping those bumps can trigger melanin production. Hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy and from using the birth control pill can also lead to areas of dark pigmentation. Unfortunately, darkly pigmented spots aren’t easy to hide even with the right cosmetics. The good news? You don’t have to live with these discolorations. There are a variety of treatments available that can safely lighten them.

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Hyperpigmentation Treatments Products

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Helps to reduce the appearance of existing dark spots and prevent new ones.
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1 oz | EE208
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Promotes a smoother, brighter complexion and provides intense hydration.
$65.00
1 oz | CS153
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Daily treatment to brighten and help correct irregular pigmentation and dark spots.
$69.00
1.7 oz | ED011
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Reveals visibly refined, resurfaced skin from the first use.
$48.00
1.3oz | VH074
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Breakthrough serum fights the 3 main stages of dark spot development.
$53.00
1oz | LP113
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A brightening serum that mimics a laser treatment to target and correct skin discolorations.
$78.00
1oz | BT163
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A highly effective, safe, full-facial approach to reducing stubborn discolorations.
$90.00
1oz | SK096
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The original Mama Lotion formula back by popular demand.
$39.50
1 oz | ML007
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A high-performance concentrated serum to help reduce the look of skin discolorations.
$60.00
1 oz | JQ184
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Designed to fight 7 identified causes of uneven skin tone and dark spots.
$150.00
1 oz | RZ010
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This serum addresses uneven skin tone and dark spots caused by aging, sun damage and acne discoloration.
$44.00
1oz | FC025
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A multi-tasking, oil and fragrance free lightening treatment that delivers glowing results.
$80.00
1oz | GO041
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Additional Hyperpigmentation Treatments Information

One of the most widely used treatments for increased pigmentation and sun spots is hydroquinone. This compound works by blocking an enzyme necessary for the synthesis of melanin. It works best when combined with glycolic acid, a weak acid that sloughs off dead skin cells, including cells containing excess pigment. Hydroquinone is available at concentrations of up to 2% in skin treatment products without a prescription, often in combination with glycolic acid.

For people who experience irritation with hydroquinone, there are other alternatives. Kojic acid, a compound produced by a fungus lightens pigmented areas by blocking an enzyme needed for melanin synthesis. It is found in some skin lightening products, sometimes in combination with glycolic acid. Another alternative available without a prescription is azelaic acid, a skin lightening compound found in wheat, rye and barley that’s also used to treat acne. Ascorbic acid, which is essentially vitamin C, also has skin-lightening benefits when used over time.

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