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Effective Solutions To Hyperpigmentation Caused By Breakouts
22 July 2021
Any inflammatory skin condition such as acne, can lead to pigmentation spots. Inflammation at the epidermis layer of the skin stimulates the pigment-producing melanocytes to up their melanin or pigment production and to deposit that melanin in the surrounding epidermis.
We have no idea why this excessive pigmentation happens. But it should not be confused with redness (even dull in colour) associated with acne – that is inflammation and will pass as acne subsides and the skin barrier function improves.
But how do I get rid of it?
The first thing to say is that the whole process of depigmentation tends to be difficult and usually takes 6-12 months to get results. Most dermatologists agree there’s no single solution. You often need multiple different treatments together to achieve the best results.
- Sun Protection: The sun doesn’t make acne scarring worse but any brown marks get darker when exposed to UV rays.Try ESK’s broadspectrum sunscreen Zinc Shade, which has a matt formulation that’s good for acne-prone skin.
Zinc Shade – UV Protection Skincare Product
Zinc Shade based daily moisturiser providing you with the protection you need from both UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays.
- Protects from UVA and UVB protection
- Can be used under make-up
- Rated SPF15
- Tyrosinase Inhibitors: Right now, the most effective depigmentation agents available are tyrosinase inhibitors. Tyrosinase is an essential enzyme for the formation of melanin by the melanocytes. The most potent tyrosinase inhibitor available is 4-n-butyl-resorcinol. This is the key ingredient in ESK’s Enlighten.
A gentle yet effective tyrosinase inhibitor to fade pigmentation and age spots.
- Lighten & brighten skin appearance
- Even out skin tone
- Increase skin elasticity
- Vitamin A: Really good evidence exists for Vitamin A for pigmentation. It tends to increase cell turnover, and indirectly inhibit tyrosinase. Our Ultimate A and Ultimate A+ is formulated with the most effective and least irritating form of Vitamin A, Retinal.
Vitamins A and B. High strength. Effortlessly improves skin texture and tone for skin that is soft smooth and supple. Also effective in managing acne.
- Rebuild collagen
- Increase skin elasticity
- Reduce hyperpigmentation
A Vitamin A (Retinal – 0.1%), B3 (Niacinamide – 4%) and AHA (Glycolic Acid – 2%) based night cream. Vitamin A is the ingredient with the strongest anti-ageing evidence and Retinal is the most effective and least irritating form of Vitamin A.
- Vitamin C: Ascorbic acid seems to inhibit melanin production as well as preventing inflammation in the skin which limits the inflammatory pathway in overproduction of pigment. Use ESK’s Reverse C Serum (or C Serum Lite for oily skin) to have this powerful antioxidant help with your pigmentation.
A powerful anti-oxidant serum that hydrates, repairs the visible signs of ageing and protects the skin against further damage.
- Repair sun-damage
- Repair & prevent the appearance of ageing
- Smooth any skin roughness
Vitamin C in its most potent form to repair the visible signs of ageing, and to protect the skin against further sun damage.
- Brighten the skin's appearance
- Reduce fine lines, wrinkles & pigmentation
- Smooth skin roughness
- Azelaic acid cream: This cream has the benefit of treating both the pigmentation and the underlying acne. This is a prescription medication and it is not recommended for patients under 17 and it should not be used for more than 6 months.