When individuals are healthy, their skin tone has a normal color (known as pigmentation), but if a person is ill or injured, skin pigmentation may change and become either lighter (known as hypopigmentation) or darker (referred to as hyperpigmentation).
“Age spots” and freckles are common type of hyperpigmentation, and in most cases, show itself as harmless darken patches on the skin. Usually, individuals over the age of 40 begin to notice the appearance of age spots.
People who naturally have darker skin are more prone to hyperpigmentation.
Doctors refer to hyperpigmentation as “solar lentigo”, because it is usually associated with overexposure to the sun.
Causes of Hyperpigmentation
Although sun overexposure is a common cause of hyperpigmentation, other causes include: hormonal changes, family history, acne, antibiotics and some anti-seizure types of medications. Addison’s disease (when the adrenal gland fails to function properly) may trigger hyperpigmentation in certain individuals. Other diseases linked to hyperpigmentation include: Cushing’s disease, Celiac and Grave’s disease.
Mercury poisoning, ringworm, pregnancy, and hemochromatosis (excess iron in the body) are also medical conditions associated with dark skin patches.
Treatment of Hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation doesn’t have a cure, but there are effective treatment options that lighten the skin. It can help to avoid sun exposure, when possible, and use a sun screen (with a UV protection of at least 15) on a daily basis. Exfoliation is a necessary skin care treatment, as it will remove dead cells from the surface of the skin, and minimize the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Mature, sensitive and/or dry skin should exfoliate once or twice a week. If skin has a tendency to be oily, then exfoliating is recommended to be done three times a week. Skin lighteners have been around for generations, but until the most recent decade, finding a high quality, safe product was a challenge. Many manufacturers, like Civant Skin Care, have made significant changes, and focused on providing the public with a more natural formula.
What I Didn’t Like About the Top Rated Hyperpigmentation Creams
So, you can literally spend hundreds of hours researching and debating what products are deemed top be the best out there. Ain’t no one got time for that. Don’t worry though chica, I got you. My extensive scientific analysis (wink wink) has thinned out the herd and identified the true contenders. Hopefully, the following reviews will help you.
Are you noticing some changes in your skin color and its really bothering you? Maybe it’s been this way for some time but you finally decided to do something about it. If so, let me tell you: you are not alone. But before you run off and start dropping some serious Benjamin’s on various skin products I decided to put together this simple little website to help all the ladies (o.k. guys too) out there. You see, I went though the same thing and so I know the feeling of being frustrated by what you see in the mirror and knot knowing what to do about it because you’re overwhelmed by all the various products out there all claiming to be the magical solution. After hours and hours of research and experimentation (yes I have no life), I finally found something I’m happy with. I’ll also provide some information and reviews on some of the other top skin products for hyperpigmentation that you may find helpful. But before we get to that…..
So What Is Hyperpigmentation?
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Runner Up #2: Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum
Caudalie Vinoperfect is another very good product that I used for some time. In fact, I thought this would be my go-to skin cream for a long time. It’s reasonably priced (at least I think so) at $80 and it’s very easy to apply. The formula is paraben free which means it relied on naturally occurring ingredients as opposed to chemicals. I experienced a noticeable difference in my skin within two weeks after using Caudalie. I also like how light feeling it is. No worries about absorption or messiness with applying this cream. Its feel refreshing to the skin and has some skin moisturizing properties. Double win! Finally, I like what this product did for the texture of my skin. My skin felt a bit “tighter” and more refreshed. Even in the morning. The pillow marks on my face seemed to go away instantly. There’s a lot to like with Caudalie Vinoperfect and I think you will find similar positive reviews on other sites.
However….before you run out and buy a case ladies, here some factors to consider. While I like Caudalie not all was roses and sunshine. The biggest issue I had with Caudalie (and other reviews have found this as well) is with the “breakout factor”. Using Caudalie on a regular basis caused me to have regular breakouts, which you know isn’t cutting it. Shortly after I stopped using Caudalie the breakout stopped so you be the judge. Also, Caudalie wasn’t super effective in treating dark spots. I didn’t notice a huge difference in some of the areas of my face I wanted to lighten up a bit so that was a bit of a disappointment. Still, overall I recommend this cream and for most ladies I think Caudalie will improve your overall appearance.
Contender #3: SkinMedica LYTERA Skin Brightening Complex
I like SkinMedica Lytera. I found it to be effective, easy to apply, and readily available in most drugstores and large department stores with a health and beauty section. SkinMedica can be used with all skin types, you should see results in about four weeks, and it’s a non-Hydroquinone product, which was important to me. The product is applied twice a day and most users (myself included) experienced a slight tingling sensation shortly after applying. No big deal, just something to be aware of. I have seen a number of users praise SkinMedica for its effectiveness in treating acne scars.
My biggest issue with SkinMedica is the price. It’s currently selling for about $125. Yikes! That’s makes it the priciest option of my top contenders. Also, I found it to be a bit slow when it comes to absorption. I would put it on at night and in the morning the product still wasn’t fully absorbed into my skin. At times, I didn’t feel comfortable applying it before going to work our out on the town because I didn’t want that “wet” look on my face.
Still, I found SkinMedica to be effective and had a nice smell. In the end, it may be your choice but I have some other products you may want to try out.
And the winner….Meladerm
Meladerm is NOT a new kid on the block. It’s actually been around for more than ten years (which kind of surprised me). This product not only has natural ingredients, such as bearberry, mulberry and licorice, and it does not have any dangerous ingredients such as: steroids, mercury, and hydroquinone.
The advantages of Meladerm include the fact, that this product is one of the strongest formulas available without a prescription. I experienced results in ten days! In addition, this product has been professionally tested and proven safe, to use on all skin types. Another advantage of choosing this product is the fact that they take the time to package and use an airless dispenser which protects the product from being exposed to air and light that can ruin the cream. Another thing I really like is the 30 day money back guarantee offered by the company. Close to 13,000 customers of Meladerm have posted reviews, and the combined rating is 4.5 out of a possible 5.
So what’s the catch? The only minor disadvantage I could find seems to be the fact that at the present time, Meladerm is only available online, but after you read why, you may view this point as a positive.
Meladerm prides itself on being a product of integrity, which is one of the major reasons that you will not find this product on store shelves. The company wants to preserve their product’s reputation, and not allow it to be displayed next to products that offer false claims and promises of results. It is for this reason that Meladerm can only be purchased online.
The cost is $49.99 for 1.7 ounces, the least expensive of my top treatments, and they offer a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Although you will definitely want to use a quality sun block sepately if you’re outside for any significant period of time, Meladerm can be used to treat the following:
1. Skin damage, due to overexposure to the sun.
2. Scars that have darkened over time.
3. Age spots.
5. Uneven skin tones.
Meladerm is different from other products on the market today, because of their manufacturing process. Skin lightening products are sensitive, and care must be taken in the processing. Light and air exposure to the product must be limited, to avoid compromising the integrity of the natural ingredients.
Another major reason that Meladerm stands out from the rest; is the fact that they use only a highest grade of ingredients. Need more details? Check out this Meladerm before and after page.
And then the bad news….
Honestly, I don’t have much to say negatively when it comes to Meladerm. I just think for the price and what it offers you can’t go wrong. But you know I’m not going to skimp any knowledge so if you had to push I would recommend you start of using Meladerm with a light dose. Some users (not me) have experienced a slight rash and redness when they first started using Meladerm. I haven’t had that problem but if you have sensitive skin or have experienced other skin products that irritated you skin I would say go light the first few time you use Meladerm.