How to Get Rid of Hyperpigmentation

How to Reduce Hyperpigmentation | No7 Beauty

A common skin concern, hyperpigmentation can affect all skin types and is typically caused by environmental stressors and aging. Although it’s usually harmless, face hyperpigmentation can cause skin to look uneven and remain for years if left untreated.

Read on to discover what hyperpigmentation is and how to treat it with the best skincare products for hyperpigmentation.

What is hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation, or skin pigmentation, is the term used to describe uneven pigmentation in the skin, when certain areas appear darker than the rest. These areas are also known as dark spots, age spots or sunspots, and can appear in small patches on the face and body or cover large areas.

What causes hyperpigmentation?

Skin hyperpigmentation occurs when the skin produces more melanin (the pigment responsible for giving the skin its color and tan, and protecting the skin from harmful UV rays) than usual.

The most common causes of hyperpigmentation include:

  • Excessive sun exposure – this is the main cause of hyperpigmentation, as sunlight triggers the skin to produce melanin.
  • Hormonal influences – hormones can trigger a type of hyperpigmentation known as melasma, causing dark patches or freckle-like spots to appear on the face or body, and is common during menopause or pregnancy.
  • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation –` following an inflammatory phase, like acne or eczema, the skin reacts by producing excess melanin.

How to help get rid of hyperpigmentation

If left untreated, hyperpigmentation can remain on the skin for years. However, it’s possible to reduce the appearance of dark spots by adding the right hyperpigmentation creams and treatments into your skincare routine.

Apply a dark spot corrector

Clinically proven to improve the appearance of dark spots, age spots and sunspots, No7 Laboratories Dark Spot Corrector Booster Serum offers a non-invasive dark spot correction. It’s formulated with No7’s unique lightening complex of Vitamin C, emblica and sophora to make hyperpigmentation appear visibly faded in just 2 weeks*.

How to apply: Using the precision applicator, apply directly to the desired area morning and night after cleansing.

*Based on a consumer perception study on UK women.

Use the best Vitamin C serum for hyperpigmentation

One of the best serums for hyperpigmentation, No7’s 15% Vitamin C Serum helps to improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation, skin texture and tone. It reduces the appearance of discoloration and dark spots to reveal your skin’s natural radiance, while also helping to prevent hyperpigmentation from forming in the future.

How to apply: Dispense 3-4 drops of the serum onto the fingertips, then apply directly to the face once a day.

Apply SPF daily

Sun exposure and environmental stressors are often the main cause of hyperpigmentation. Applying an SPF moisturizer daily can help to prevent sun damage by protecting the skin from UV rays.

Formulated with No7’s Double Defense technology and broadspectrum SPF 30, No7 Protect & Perfect, Lift & Luminate, Early Defence, and Restore & Renew Day Creams help to hydrate the skin, reduce the signs of aging, and prevent hyperpigmentation.

How to apply: Apply a dime-sized amount of moisturizer every morning as the last step of your skincare routine.

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Add a retinol for hyperpigmentation to your routine

Retinol helps to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation by supporting the skin’s natural renewal process.

No7’s Pure Retinol Night Cream is a powerful night cream for hyperpigmentation on the face and neck. Formulated with 0.25% pure retinol and No7’s famous anti-wrinkle peptide technology, it works to target 7 key signs of aging while reducing the appearance of uneven pigmentation.

How to apply: Every evening, massage a dime-sized amount of product to the face and neck, and massage in small upward circles.

No7’s Pure Retinol Eye Cream works to lift and hydrate the skin, while improving the appearance of hyperpigmentation around the eyes. It’s infused with soothing shea butter and bisabolol to act on the key signs of aging and hyperpigmentation under the eyes, while minimising irritation.

How to apply: In the evening, dot around the eye contour and gently blend into the skin with your ring finger.

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Apply glycolic acid for hyperpigmentation

A chemical exfoliant, glycolic acid supports the skin’s natural renewal process and helps to buff away dead skin cells. This exfoliation helps to reduce the appearance of existing fine lines and wrinkles, and fade face hyperpigmentation.

No7 Laboratories Resurfacing Peel 15% Glycolic Acid is an effective yet gentle 5-minute wash-off treatment that helps to peel away dead skin cells, impurities and pollutants, while visibly reducing the signs of aging.

How to apply: Once a week, apply at night after cleansing and toning to reveal a clarified, youthful-looking complexion, where hyperpigmentation appears reduced.

Skincare tip: Glycolic acid shouldn’t be used alongside retinol or other exfoliating skincare products, including manual face scrubs.

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