Disclaimer: By no means am I an expert, but I am on a 24/7, 365 acne battle that involves the constant upkeep of breakouts AND hyperpigmentation.

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Whilst tackling a brand new break out, I’m also tackling my old break out and whilst the spots aren’t active anymore it seems now that they have stained my face, and I’m looking more and more like a pepperoni pizza every day.

What is hyperpigmentation: literally excessive pigmentation of the skin. When your breakouts gone but the scars of your spots have become really dark and just don’t seem to budge.

So here are all my helpful tips put into a hopefully useful guide.

SPF

Maybe an obvious one, maybe not? SPF needs to become your best friend, the SPF will protect the UV rays from penetrating the skin and causing your problem areas to darken.

(Even if you don’t have hyperpigmentation WEAR YOUR SPF pls).

Vitamin C

Investing in a good vitamin C is going to help brighten your complexion naturally as it is nature’s antioxidant. It will lighten the areas that are bad without actually lightening your skin tone so Vit C for the win. (vitamin C + SPF is also the powerhouse to your skincare routine.)

Retinol

One of my faves. Retinol AKA vitamin A in its purest form enables skin cells to turn over at a faster rate than usual by essentially exfoliating the skin at a much deeper level than your scrub or mask can. Retinol will lighten the dark areas as well as help any existing AND pre-existing breakouts to cure slightly faster than usual.

*retinol guide coming soon.

Acids

Azaleic Acid, in particular, is one of my go to’s that helps to reduce inflammation and also to help fade existing dark spots as well as killing bacteria on the skin that could cause you a breakout.

Mandelic Acid & Salicylic Acid are my next best go too’s.

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Keep your skin hydrated

I don’t know if people will agree with me on this one but I find when my skin is dehydrated (I.e. after a night out the problem areas look much worse and more red. Using an oil at night will help to hydrate your skin and if you’re a particularly oily person using an oil will help to regulate your oil production.

If you feel a bit nervous about using oil using a Hyaluronic Acid is also a fantastic way to get extra moisture into the skin without feeling uncomfortable under the oil.

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I’ve linked some of the products that I use and love for hyperpigmentation below.

SPF

Medik8 – Advanced Day Protect SPF 30

Dermalogica – Dynamic Skin Recover SPF 50

Vitamin C

Dermalogica – Biolumin C

Medik8 – C Tetra

Retinol

The Ordinary – 5% Granactive Retinol

Acids

Garden of Wisdom – Azaleic Acid

Garden of Wisdom – Salicylic Acid

Garden of Wisdom – Mandelic Acid

Moisturisers / Hydrators

Lumene – 24 hour gel hydration

Dermalogica – Intensive Moisture Balance

Evolve – Hyaluronic Acid

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