Got Hyperpigmentation? Here’s How To Destroy It

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Hyperpigmentation is a harmless condition in which patches of skin become darker in color than the surrounding skin. This darkening occurs when melanin forms deposits in the skin (source). Age spots, melasma, and acne marks are common forms of hyperpigmentation. There are many reasons for hyperpigmentation- pregnancy, certain health conditions such as Addison’s disease, the use of certain medications, and the most common reason- overexposure to the sun. There are three main types of hyperpigmentation- UV-induced (overexposure to the sun), hormonal and post-inflammatory (occurs after injury to the epidermis).

Tackling hyperpigmentation is a three-step process that should be incorporated into your skin care routine:

  • Lighten by treating the pigmentation with exfoliating acids.
  • Cover with the best foundation and concealer 
  • Protect by applying broad spectrum SPF

Lighten With Exfoliating Acids

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a very efficient solution to brightening the overall appearance of the skin thanks to ascorbic acid. Products that contain Vitamin C brighten the skin and fade small dark marks.  Makeup Artist and Licensed Esthetician Diana Solomon recommends Vitamin C peels as a safe alternative.  


Retinol is a form of vitamin A that works to increase cell turnover by stimulating cell production underneath the skin. This process slows down with age, allowing layers of dead, thick, sun damaged skin cells to remain on the surface. As a result – skin looks dull and thick, pores look large and sun-related damage such as age spots and blotchiness appear. Products such as ROC Multi-Correxion 5 in 1 Daily Moisturizer and Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair Dark Spot Corrector contain retinol which makes the dark spots disappear.

Glycolic acid

Glycolic acid is an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) derived from sugar that exfoliates and stimulates collagen production. It reduces oil on the surface of the skin and lightens dark spots effectively.

Mandelic acid

Mandelic Acid is an AHA derived from bitter almonds that exfoliates like glycolic acid but is more gentle.

Lactic acid

Lactic acid is an AHA derived from milk that exfoliates skin. Like mandelic acid, it is gentle, and as an added bonus, lactic acid is a human metabolite, so an allergic reaction is less likely. But be warned, lactic acid does have the tendency to cause extreme purging. Lactic acids exfoliate the skin, deep cleans pores, fades dark marks, brightens the skin and stimulates collagen production.

Cover with the best concealer

You still have to be out and about in the world, so what do you do to cover the skin until the dark spots are gone? Get a good concealer that’s what you do! Here are a few of my favorites.

Protect with broad spectrum SPF

After using products that contain AHA’s, it is mandatory that you use sunscreen to prevent dark spots from getting darker. I suggest a broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or greater. Most foundation primers that contain SPF protection are great to use, because they have the protection you need, plus face friendly ingredients to moisturize and nourish the skin. 

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Hey Aprill’s Pigment Perfecters diminishes dark spots with key ingredients to lighten and even skin tone + protect skin with a broad spectrum SPF. 

By establishing a skincare routine that targets hyperpigmentation by increasing skin cell turnover with the use of chemical exfoliation, the skin will become more even toned. In addition, the skin will be healthier, brighter and protected. 

How do you destroy hyperpigmentation?

More about Aprill

Aprill Coleman is an award-winning beauty, lifestyle and wellness blogger and freelance writer based in Jackson, Mississippi.

11 thoughts on “Got Hyperpigmentation? Here’s How To Destroy It


    Do these help with acne scars on darker skin too?


    1. GGGarbage

      Yes! This article can apply to acne scars!


  2. Socialite Dreams

    great article!
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  3. Pierrine

    Most women prefer on natural remedies that can be use as skin care to protect from aging. Thus, hyperpigmentation is common to others as skin care to enhance and replace dead cells and formed into new one. There are some prefer on natural to last long on their natural glowing skin with alternative skin care.
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  4. Nancy

    This was very helpful! Thank you~! I think I would go for the Neutrogena products 😀
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    1. GGGarbage

      thanks Nancy!! <333


  5. jstprfectbeauty

    hi aprill! nice article and nice blog. daily, GENTLE exfoliation can also help to lighten/fade hyperpigmentation marks. by gently removing damaged surface skin cells, newer, less pigmented skin cells are revealed. eventually, all of the damaged, hyperpigmented skin cells are removed and the new cells appear more even in color. if one is overly sensitive to commercial exfoliating scrubs, the use of a very warm, water saturated facecloth works well as an exfoliating agent. simply "buff" the face or other affected area(s) with the facecloth, using a gentle circular motion to remove dead skin cells. i'm living proof that this method works! blessings
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    1. GGGarbage

      thanks for the insight!


  6. Amy

    I am sooo going to go and look for Ambi!! Thank you so much for sharing!!
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    1. GGGarbage

      no problem! <3


  7. tom0472

    Retinol is an interesting compound. There is a prescription only medication called tretinoin that is very effective and related to the retinol family


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