The Tea on Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation can sound kinda scary. Though it isn’t pleasing and can sometimes affect your self esteem, it’s not as scary as it sounds. Here’s the low down on hyperpigmentation!

What is hyperpigmentation?
In short, hyperpigmentation is darkened spots or patches on the skin. It occurs when there is an excess of melanin production in certain areas, and this forms those darker spots on the skin.

Who can get hyperpigmentation?
Hyperpigmentation does not discriminate. Anyone from any background can get hyperpigmentation. 

How do you get hyperpigmentation?
Though not all hyperpigmentation can always easily be pointed to a specific cause, experts have pinpointed the biggest risk factors that put your beautiful skin at risk for hyperpigmentation. Sun exposure increases melanin production (hello tan!). As a result, it puts the skin at risk for pigmentation. In addition, hyperpigmentation has also been linked to hormonal changes. Women are usually at risk for this, especially when taking oral contraceptives or during pregnancy.

How do I know if hyperpigmentation is what I have?
It is best to seek the expertise of a dermatologist when trying to diagnose a skin issue. They may give you a physical exam or do a skin biopsy to properly diagnose you.

How can I prevent hyperpigmentation?
Wear your sunscreen!!!!!

What natural ingredients can help with hyperpigmentation?
Vitamin C is your friend! Vitamin C can help fade the marks on your skin and overall even the skin tone. The PDC from Lolabelle’s is a great cleanser laced with Vitamin C.

Vitamin B3 is another vitamin your skin loves. It has been proven to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and even out the skin tone.

Friendly Reminder!
Sun damage is overall the number one cause of hyperpigmentation. We cannot stress this enough, regardless of your race, skin tone, background, etc- WEAR SUNSCREEN! We ALL need it.