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What is the best skincare routine if you have hyperpigmentation?


Sunspots, liver spots, age spots, post-inflammatory hyperpigementation, melasma: Whatever you want to call it, hyperpigmentation is something that many people contend with at some point in their lives. Hyperpigmentation is nothing to fret about! It can take a toll on your confidence, but with the right skincare routine it can treated. The good news is that science is on our side!

What is it?

Hyperpigmentation is a common skin condition that can affect all skin types and ages. Hyperpigmentation can be classified as localised, or diffuse, meaning it appears in small patches on the skin or as a larger area of altered pigmentation. Ensuring that you use the best products for hyperpigmentation in your skin care routine, will make a world of difference in seeing results. Whether you have hyperpigmentation or dark-spots, ensuring you use products suited to you and your unique skin type and environment can aid in your self-care.

What causes hyperpigmentation and is there any skin type, or colour, more prone to getting it?

The most common forms of pigmentation are due to sun exposure. Melanocyte instability is a key reason we develop hyperpigmentation. These pigment producing cells, can become hyperactive if triggered and start over producing melanin. This leads to sun spots and hyperpigmentation The more melanin you have in your skin (i.e the darker your skin type) the more risk you have of developing hyperpigmentation in the first place.

Combatting Pigmentation

Taking the time to give yourself some TLC each morning and night with your hyperpigmentation skincare routine will give you the self-love you deserve. The more routinely this is upheld, the better the results!

The Science… Nourishing, rejuvenating and repairing

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are excellent ways to reduce pigmentation and smooth texture, both for post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or dark spots.

OTC Retinol or Retinoid. Of course this do-everything ingredient also helps with pigmentation. “Not only does it speed up cell turnover, it penetrates really deep into the skin and interferes with pigment production,” says Palm, so it can treat dark spots that aren’t just on the surface level.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which is an incredibly important quality that plays a role in combating dark spots. In addition, Vitamin C has excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties.


Niacinamide (vitamin B3) is a widely used cosmeceutical ingredient. It can effectively reduce pigmentation, erythema and enhance the epidermal barrier, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and improve skin elasticity

Some studies have shown tranexamic acid to be beneficial in treating melasma and also prevents UV-induced pigmentation.

Licorice extract works as a skin brightener by inhibiting the production of melanin, dispersing excess melanin and has anti-inflammatory qualities.

Phloretin is an antioxidant found in apples and has the ability to reduce discoloration, fine lines and uneven skin tone.

Prevention is better than cure – so wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 daily, and increasing to Factor 50 in hotter climates, will help to prevent UV damage induced pigmentation – the main causative factor for hyperpigmentation.

Our bestselling products for pigmentation

As mentioned earlier, the best ingredients, type and brand depends on your skin type. We offer a 3-min skincare quiz to help you discover what’s best for your skin.

If you already know your skin type, we recommend the following products:

Skinceuticals Discoloration Defense

Discoloration Defense Serum is layerable, daily-use dark spot corrector serum clinically proven the reduce the appearance of key types of skin discolouration, including stubborn brown patches and post-blemish scars. It contains niacinamide and tranexamic acid.


ZO Skin Health Brightalive® Skin Brightener

Non-retinol skin brightener formulated to even skin tone and reduce dark spots. It contains vitamin C, hexylresorcinol, soy and licorice root.

Skinceuticals Advanced Brightening UV Defense SPF 50


Skinceuticals Advanced Brightening UV Defense SPF 50 40ml

This product provides sun protection as well as treats pigmentation and evens out your skin tone.

The best products for your own skin type

So many treatments focus solely on treating the pigment in superficial epidermal skin layers, without addressing deficiencies in the deeper layers. It is for this reason that issues such as pigmentation persist. The ultimate Skinora skincare programme will treat your skin layer by layer. Nourishing, rejuvenating and repairing both the deep and superficial layers together.

Take your skin care test today and with our customisable factors, you can be sure your skin care routine is one that will work.

About the Author: Anna Puri

Dr Anna Puri is an Aesthetic doctor and GP with over 14 years experience in both the medical and aesthetic fields. She completed her undergraduate training at the University of St Andrews and University of Manchester. She continues to work both as an Aesthetic doctor at her clinics in Ascot and Kew and as a GP. Dr Anna brings her holistic approach to all aspects of the care she provides with a strong focus on advice and treatment that is specifically tailored to her patients expectations and needs. She has worked with cosmeceutical skin care brands and treated a wide range of skin concerns for over a decade. Dr Anna has a special interest in Antiaging skincare and procedures . Dr Anna's work has been featured in various magazines including Lux and The Aesthetics Journal. You can follow Dr Anna on the SkinoraUK instagram page and Skinora YouTube channel.

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Last update: April 18th, 2021

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