Most of us associate good health with blemish and hyperpigmentation free skin. The definition of hyperpigmentation is this: hyperpigmentation causes patches of skin to become darker than the surrounding skin. It occurs when the skin produces excess melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color. It can affect any skin type and is more likely during pregnancy, with older age, or after an injury.
Types and Causes of Hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation can be hereditary, but it’s also caused by acne and too much-unprotected sun exposure. Don’t forget that sun protection!
There are three main varieties of hyperpigmentation:
- Post-inflammatory pigmentation
Post-inflammatory pigmentation – This type of hyperpigmentation is associated with injuries to the skin, including eczema or acne.
Sunspots – As the name suggests, solar lentigines or sunspots are associated with excessive sun exposure. They are most found on areas of the skin that get a lot of sun exposure, such as the backs of the hands and the face.
Melasma – While the exact cause of Melasma is unverified, evidence suggests that it can be attributed to hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy or other life changes, such as menopause. The resulting hyperpigmentation can show up on virtually any part of the body but is most often found on the face and in the abdominal area.
There are a number of cosmetic/skincare approaches to address this condition, and some of them use harsh chemicals or ingredients. At Glomalin, we use natural plant-based ingredients that can address, reduce, and even eliminate hyperpigmentation. Here are some of those oils and what they do:
Best oils for Hyperpigmentation
Here’s a look at some of the best plant-based and essential oils for hyperpigmentation. These plant-based options can help reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation without expensive or painful procedures.
Rosehip Seed Oil
Rosehip seed oil is a natural oil extracted from the seeds of wild roses. It is extremely popular in the skincare industry and has been around for centuries.
It contains vitamin A which encourages cell turnover. This process of shedding skin cells reveals a smoother and more even tone, making it a great option for hyperpigmentation.
Rosehip oil offers a wide range of benefits in addition to evening skin tone. It also calms, soothes, hydrates, brightens, and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Frankincense oil helps strengthen the skin and can improve tone and skin firmness. It contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that offer a nice defense against blemishes.
One study found frankincense oil also contains tissue remodeling properties which can be useful for hyperpigmentation. It’s a popular ingredient in products targeting hyperpigmentation, redness, and acne.
Lavender Essential Oil
Known for its healing qualities and fragrant aroma, Lavender essential comes from a plant with the same name. Its numerous benefits for the skin come from creating the oil through a particular distilling method that produces a highly concentrated extract of the plant’s most valuable compounds.
One way in which the oil helps treat hyperpigmentation is to help prevent fungi and bacteria from growing on the skin by using its antimicrobial properties. It also has antioxidants that help protect the skin from free radicals and contribute to hyperpigmentation.
Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E is the ultimate skin-replenishing and soothing oil. It’s the ingredient most of us think of to help heal wounds or scars. But it can also be a useful ingredient for hyperpigmentation. Studies found vitamin E is moderately effective a visibly reducing hyperpigmentation.
Glomalin’s Anti-Aging Face Serum contains all of these oils in a high percentage and is 100% organic as well. Our Moisturizing Face Cream contains Lavender, Frankincense and Vitamin E, as well as our Moisturizing Hand & Body Cream. Glomalin’s botanical skincare products are a great alternative to harsh chemicals used to resolve hyperpigmentation, shop now and love the skin you are in!