Bye Hyperpigmentation: The What, The Why, and The How for Radiant Results
If only our skin concerns could disappear overnight and as much as we want that for you (and for ourselves), we know it isn’t realistic. Time, consistency, and patience go hand-in-hand when it comes to treating skin and body concerns. Even when using the best products, with the richest ingredients sourced from the fields Beyonce makes her honey, you still have to be patient with your skin. Hyperpigmentation is one of the many skin concerns that everyone deals with – it doesn’t matter what your skin type is, dark spots and blemishes affect us all. A few common questions surrounding hyperpigmentation have always been: is it actually possible to treat and how long will it take? Of course, it’s possible to treat discoloration, but how long it takes varies from person to person. In this article, we’ll discuss what hyperpigmentation is, what may factor into seeing results faster, and also offer product recommendations to jumpstart your journey for an even complexion and glowing results.
What is Hyperpigmentation?
Let’s start with the basics – hyperpigmentation at its core is an overproduction of melanin, (think of areas like your knees and elbows for reference) which is why it affects women of color in large numbers. While there are three types of hyperpigmentation, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is the skin condition that plagues so many of us, due to its common triggers. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is caused by acne and other forms of dermatitis which takes on the role of blemishes, dark spots, and acne scarring, as well as any form of skin damage like cuts or burns.
Why the wait?
We’re all about achieving our skincare goals, but we have to be patient, especially when it comes to an even skin tone. Fading hyperpigmentation varies but if you’re looking to speed up that journey, here are a few factors on why dark spots and blemishes take “so long” to fade away.
Patience and consistency - to see results one must be consistent with their treatment. Beauty is no longer pain, but babe it does call for you to clock-in daily. This isn’t a one-time session but a daily to weekly routine. And honestly, once you start seeing results, it will motivate you to keep the glow, glowing!
Time is of the essence - although there is no approximate time frame, newer scars and blemishes may fade quicker than a dark spot that hasn’t been treated for months or years. This is why it’s important to start treating acne scars immediately to allow the skin to fade as it’s healing.
Shade matters - the deeper the damage, the longer the journey. If your acne scars are highly pigmented, it will take longer to remove those layers of damaged skin, as opposed to a blemish that is lighter.
Product Check - If you’re maintaining your regimen but not seeing results, you may be using products with ingredients that don’t target hyperpigmentation. Clean skin and exfoliation are a must when treating discoloration, so using a cleanser, serum, or mask that works to lighten and brighten skin is essential. Also, using both a chemical and physical exfoliant is ideal when treating hyperpigmentation – a nourishing scrub and serum with exfoliating properties will help to remove layers of dry, damaged skin.
How to treat
To see faster results, it’s important to ensure you’re using products with ingredients that specifically target discoloration. So, just in case you are using the wrong products, here are a few amazing ingredients to look for when researching products to enhance your blemish-free skin journey.
Azelaic Acid - this ingredient reduces inflammation, forcing acne to become less visibly red and irritated. It encourages cell turnover, allowing your skin to flourish as it repairs and reduces the appearance of acne scars.
This ingredient can be found in our Passion Fruit Hyperpigmentation Soap which targets discoloration, blemishes, and dark spots.
Glycolic Acid - by using products with glycolic acid, you’re working to prevent acne and breakouts which lessens acne scarring and dark spots. This chemical exfoliant works to clear pores, and remove dead skin cells and can be found in both skin and body care products from cleansers, serums, and moisturizers.
Salicylic Acid - using products with salicylic acid can clear pores, reduce redness, and exfoliate the skin. When it comes to acne scars, it’s considered a must-have to treat stubborn dark spots and blemishes.
This ingredient is found in our Baddie Cleanse, which is perfect to treat body acne and discoloration.
Niacinamide - using products with niacinamide is perfect to reduce inflammation and redness from skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis which leaves behind blemishes. It has skin-lightening capabilities and targets dark spots, as well as increases collagen production minimizing pores and fine lines.
This powerhouse ingredient can be found in our Morning Glory cleanser, making it the perfect facial wash to revitalize the skin.
A few product options were mentioned above, but when it comes to hyperpigmentation, a full routine is best. Here are a few sets you can add to your regimen to make your skin and body care journey a successful one.
For the Skin
This four-step kit is perfect to target acne scars and blemishes! Nola’s Hyperpigmentation Kit comes with two skin-brightening cleansers, Nola’s beloved Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, and brightening serum. All four products have skin-loving ingredients to offer glowing results while treating your hyperpigmentation.
For the Body
We recommend Nola’s Hyper Hottie Kit which perfectly targets skin concerns like acne scarring from bacne as well as razor bumps and ingrown hairs from shaving. It comes with our best-selling Passion Fruit Soap and Brightening-C Serum, to lighten, brighten and boost radiance.
Although fading hyperpigmentation isn’t an overnight success, it shouldn't discourage your journey to clear, radiant skin. So again babes – time, patience, consistency, and of course a few products from our Hyperpigmentation collection will start the process of removing blemishes and dark spots while also preventing future breakouts. Bonus Tip: Add Nola’s Passion Fruit Hyperpigmentation Soap to your subscription so you never miss a day during your skin and body care journey.
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