Hyperpigmentation is one the most common skin concerns, especially in people of color. Hyperpigmentation can be caused by various things but most commonly, inflammation is the cause. Many times, acne flare-ups may leave individuals with dark spots and a lot of frustration.
Hyperpigmentation is my BIGGEST personal struggle. I rarely have any breakouts these days but when I do… they leave me with post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and it tries to stay FOREVER! It is literally the most annoying thing and the worst part is that it happens whether I extract them or leave them to play on my face and ruin my day. The first thing people scream is always
As if that is some magical one size fits all solution to the hated dark spots that some of us experience. It’s about the same as
Great advice but not a solution for all issues.
So I think I have blabbed enough for you to know that I am SO SO SO SERIOUS about hyperpigmentation and one of my goals in life is to end my suffering and the suffering of all of y’all as well. This post is dedicated to sharing some of my favorite NATURAL ingredients to treat hyperpigmentation/dark spots. Yes, some synthetics are coming BUT please believe that I am always going to start with the natural.
- Vitamin C: Vitamin C is literally EVERYTHING. I will start by saying that quite a few of my clients have Vitamin C sensitivity so this is not for everyone but if you can get your hands on some and it doesn’t do you dirty, add this ingredient to your routine. Vitamin C has been used for its ability to help depigment skin and decrease inflammation.
- Licorice Extract: Licorice root or Glycyrrhiza glabra extract is another natural ingredient that I love for its lightening properties. Not only can this ingredient lighten but it also has anti inflammatory and anti-aging properties. The extracts have also been associated with antitumor, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties.
- Kojic Acid: Kojic acid is found naturally in many species of fungi and it is one of my personal favorites. This acid is an antityrosinase agent which ensures that it lightens the skin. Unlike hydroquinone, kojic acid does not oxidize when used in emulsions so it offers more stable formulas. Kojic acid is also known to be more gentle of a lightener so although it may take a little longer, you can make sure that your skin is not harmed.
There are tons of other natural ingredients to help lighten up those dark spots but these are my favorite three. I love natural ingredients, I use them on my face, and I use them in my formula. Are any of these ingredients in your current routine? What are your favorites for skin lightening?
As always, thank you for reading...
-The Balm Chiq