On the list of skincare concerns, it is no surprise that hyperpigmentation arrives in the Top 3 according to a French study taken among 2500 women.
From sunspots to acne scarring, dark spots induced by hormonal changes or chemically acquired, through to age spots, women of all ages will encounter this issue at some point of their skin journey.
What is it?
Hyperpigmentation is a common skin condition that can affect all skin types and all ages. It often shows up as brown patches, not too dissimilar to large freckles. There are two main classifications: localized or diffuse, meaning it appears in small patches on the skin or as a larger area of altered pigmentation.
Are some people more prone to it?
Unfortunately yes, the darker your skin tone is, the darker your melanin pigment will be, therefore the higher risk of developing hyperpigmentation. As if it wasn't enough, this skin issue is multifactorial: there may be genetic, metabolic, hormonal and environmental factors, all acting as triggers.
How to prevent it or get rid to it?
As with many skin issues, prevention is always key!
- Wearing a daily sun protection with a high SPF will help avoid UV-induced pigmentation, one of the most common causes for dark spots.
- Opt for a skincare routine that contains gentle and natural ingredients that will target the overproduction of melanin or break down pigmentation without bleaching the skin. Vitamin C or Liquorice extract are quite popular in French skincare.
- Stay away from photosensitive ingredients during the day (such as retinol) as this could only aggravate your skin once exposed to UV rays. Keep this for your nighttime routine.
- In-clinic based procedures might be necessary for more severe cases.
One of our own French Beauty Co staffer who recently had a baby and suffered for hormonal pigmentation has tried and tested the Vinoperfect range from Caudalie.
Here is what she can report!