Hyperpigmentation, Melasma, PIH, Dark Spots...
Many people struggle with hyperpigmentation, especially those with medium and dark skin tones. So here’s a highly-requested simple routine to help quicken the fading of dark spots from acne, UV damage, and/or melasma. But remember that the best treatment is going to be useless if you don’t wear sunscreen and reapply every two hours! 1. Oil/Balm Cleanser: Makeup/ sunscreen can be hard to remove, so be sure to deep-clean skin with an oil-based cleanser! THE inkey LIST - Oat Cleansing Balm is my fave for the price and quality combo. 2. Foam/Gel/Cream Cleanser: Get off any residual first cleanser and any leftover makeup. Make sure to thoroughly rinse but not use hot water. I’ve been testing CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin right now and love all the CeraVe cleansers for their affordability and gentleness! 3. Vitamin C /Alpha Arbutin: Vitamin C and alpha arbutin both inhibit melanin production- plus vitamin C fights off environmental damage and AA has the added benefit of slowly breaking down into hydroquinone in the skin. Use alone, alternate use, or try the fantastic (and surprisingly gentle) The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% serum. 4. Azelaic Acid: A gentle exfoliant to help short-term with pigmentation while also inhibiting melanin synthesis- plus its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, helping prevent acne that leads to dark spots. My preferred ingredient for reducing PIH! I love PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster but The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% is popular too! 5. Moisturizer: I prefer simple, nourishing moisturizers- I’m testing CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion (UltraLightweight) right now and enjoy the lightweight but soothing formulation. 6. Sunscreen: UV rays worsen hyperpigmentation, melasma, PIH, dark spots, and uneven tone. Any routine will be pretty much in vain if you’re not applying SPF every day and reapplying every two hours- it’s important for so many reasons related to skin, not including the cancer-prevention aspect. Some favourites of mine are PAULA'S CHOICE - YOUTH-EXTENDING DAILY HYDRATING FLUID SPF 50 and PAULA'S CHOICE - Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30 , but I’ve recently tried and enjoy LA ROCHE-POSAY - Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid SPF 50 and LA ROCHE-POSAY - Anthelios 60 Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 60 . The tinted LRP sunscreen specifically really evens out of my skin tone, but it’s hard to beat how soft PC’s Youth-Extending SPF 50 leaves my face!
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Azelaic Acid Booster
𝙷𝚈𝙿𝙴𝚁𝙿𝙸𝙶𝙼𝙴𝙽𝚃𝙰𝚃𝙸𝙾𝙽 This is such a common concern than I’ve imagined. • I’ve ignored my hyperpigmentation for so long that it was clearly visible at a point, so I decided to treat it and I’ve come across this product - @theinkeylist 𝚃𝚁𝙰𝙽𝙴𝚇𝙰𝙼𝙸𝙲 𝙰𝙲𝙸𝙳 which is mainly for treating hyperpigmentation and wanted to give it a try.After a lot of research I found out that this works wonders when paired with a retinol. • I’ve been using this for a while now along with retinol, I can say there’s improvement in my PIH, skin feels brighter and smooth. (It usually takes anywhere between 3 to 24 months for your PIH to completely fade.)It isn’t irritating or drying. So I’ll continue using this and will update how my skin has improved. 𝙶𝙾𝙾𝙳 𝙽𝙴𝚆𝚂: Tranexamic acid is one of the friendliest ingredients out there and pairs well with retinol, vitamin C, kojic acid which are also effective known pigment brighteners. Also, I love how 𝙰𝙵𝙵𝙾𝚁𝙳𝙰𝙱𝙻𝙴 @theinkeylist products are. 𝙳𝙸𝚂𝙲𝙻𝙰𝙸𝙼𝙴𝚁: This is my own experience and research, if you’ve any skin concerns contact your dermatologist/Esthetician. =============== 𝚆𝙷𝙰𝚃 𝙸𝚂 𝚈𝙾𝚄𝚁 𝙶𝙾-𝚃𝙾 𝙵𝙾𝚁 𝚃𝚁𝙴𝙰𝚃𝙸𝙽𝙶 𝙷𝚈𝙿𝙴𝚁𝙿𝙸𝙶𝙼𝙴𝙽𝚃𝙰𝚃𝙸𝙾𝙽? =============== #inkeylist #tranexamicacid #hyperpigmentationtreatment