Black women are impacted by hyperpigmentation more than our less melanin counterparts. Here's more about Hyperpigmentation, how to reduce it and what you need to know.
What is Hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation occurs when trauma to the skin causes a production of melanin in the skin. This then creates discoloration and that uneven skin tone that we all hate. The most frequent type of hyperpigmentation in black women is called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).
Why does this impact Black women more?
Well, people with more melanin have more robust melanocytes, and are able to produce more pigment so since our skin is darker we often are susceptible to more dark spots.
Okay, so how do I reduce my hyperpigmentation?
A variety of treatments are available to lighten and brighten your dark spots. Varying degrees of success are achieved but combinations of the treatments below are usually required for significant improvement.
- Azelaic acid
- Cysteamine cream
- Vitamin C based topical products
- Tretinoin cream
- Corticosteroid creams
- Glycolic acid peels
- Others: kojic acid,