What is hyperpigmentation?
Hyperpigmentation is a common skin condition where areas of the skin may appear darker or uneven either in small patches or spots. The pigmentated patches can vary in size and color when the skin produces extra melanin caused by various factors such as acne scarring, rashes, burns, and bruises. There are also different types of hyperpigmentation like melasma, sunspots, and acne which may appear differently from each other. Luckily, Hyperpigmentation isn’t harmful or painful, but it can make a person self-conscious over time. The good news is lifestyle changes and treatments can help this condition and even reduce the appearance of the spots and patches. Let's talk about what triggers hyperpigmentation so you are aware to prevent it!
Common causes of hyperpigmentation
- UV Light. This is quite possibly the number one reason for hyperpigmentation. Sun exposure to unprotected skin causes it to produce more melanin, forming the appearance of dark patches or sunspots. Sunscreen with an SPF of 30 every day is key in protecting your skin from forming hyperpigmentation.
- Aging. When we think of aging skin we often think of fine lines, wrinkles, and areas that sag... add uneven skin tone to that list. After sun exposure, aging is the second most frequent cause of hyperpigmentation and dark spots. Taking care of your skin, using a good moisturizer to keep the skin balanced, and drinking plenty of water are good ways to delay the effects of aging on the skin.
- Hormones. Hormone imbalance plays a huge role in the creation of hyperpigmentation or melasma, which leaves a person’s skin with dark or brown spots. The most common areas where one would see this would be the chin, bridge of the nose, cheeks, and lips. If you suspect your hyperpigmentation is caused by a hormone issue, seek medical attention. Also, pregnancy can change the hormone level causing melasma or hyperpigmentation which is very common (so don't worry!).
- Inflammation. Skin irritations or damage from burns, acne, scarring, or eczema can make your skin appear hyperpigmented, leaving a flat area of discoloration. The post-hyperpigmentation can happen anywhere on your body and being exposed to the sun can make it even more darkened. People who experience acne are more prone to getting dark marks.
We can help!
We know how frustrating it can be to have dark spots and patches on your face or body. There are many ways to get rid of hyperpigmentation that require little to no treatment, but it is important to make sure to use products that will not cause more hyperpigmentation or damage. Using topical treatments that have vitamin C is a natural way of vanishing the dark marks instead of using steroids and other harmful products. Our Blass Balm is specifically formulated to treat hyperpigmentation, carrying vitamin C, the perfect agent to remove discoloration. The Blass Balm is a first-of-its-kind dark spot treatment stick applicator, with ingredients that are safe and natural to improve your skin’s natural texture and tone. So, say goodbye to expensive, inconvenient trips to the dermatologist or esthetician and hello to your new skincare go-to. We recommend using the Blass Balm twice a day on dry and clean skin to see results over the course of 8-10 weeks. We also recommend using our Body Butter which comes in Rose and Coconut scents, filled with ingredients that will treat your body from dark spots, sunspots, and other hyperpigmentation while repairing the skin. Be as patient as you can with your skin when it comes to healing your skin of hyperpigmentation, beauty takes time!
Disclaimer: If you are experiencing severe discoloration or hyperpigmentation, we highly suggest seeking or consulting with healthcare professionals, especially if it starts to bleed, itch or change colors or size.