Skin hyperpigmentation can occur due to old pimple scars, sun damage, or simply genetics or age. While the problems can often be covered with makeup, those seeking a more youthful appearance or more flawless makeup-free look seek out hyperpigmentation treatments to fix the discoloration. Many of these treatments are found in the offices of a cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist and cost top dollar for minimal results.
But there are other lower-cost options available that range to at-home treatments to a more affordable yet effective in-office treatment. Here are a few of the lower-cost skin treatments for hyperpigmentation that you might want to try.
Asian BB Creams
Beauty Balms are a lightweight type of foundation or tinted moisturizer that first became popular in Asian but are now replicated by overseas brands. The original Asian BB creams often contained whitening agents since having paler skin is a desired trait in those countries. These whitening agents can also help erase hyperpigmentation.
Don't let the whitening agents scare you; these products won't bleach your skin several shades lighter. You might end up looking a bit paler than normal but nothing drastic. Regular use of the BB cream is required to see results, but the products are relatively cheap even with import costs added.
The one downside is that the BB creams come in an extremely limited range of colors. But if you don't have a match for your skintone, you can still use the BB cream but wear it as more of a night cream then wash it off in the morning to put on your regular foundation.
Exfoliating products are staples in most skincare routines. The scrubs or treatments usually involve some type of microbeads or seeds that are rubbed against the face to slough off dead skin and to trick the brain into thinking the area has suffered minor damage and needs a release of skincare-promoting collagen to heal. While exfoliating products are great for dry skin and a general refresh, the standard products don't do much to help hyperpigmentation.
That's where chemical exfoliants come in. Chemical exfoliants are applied like a serum and require no rubbing or washing off to work their magic. A chemical process gently strips away the dead skin and promotes the collagen while you rest.
There are two main types of chemical exfoliants: alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs). The former works better for those with sensitive or dry skin while the latter works better for those with oily or acne-prone skin. Both types of products will have a label advertising the percentage of active ingredients. Choose a lower percentage to start out with, spot test on your skin to make sure you don't have a reaction, and then follow the package directions for application.
Have you tried all of the at-home options but nothing has worked? Consider heading to your dermatologist's office for the affordable, popular, and effective microneedling procedure such as the pinpoint plasma facial.
Microneedling involves the use of a tool that looks a bit like a paint roller that has small needles adhered around the outside. Your dermatologist will pass the roller across your skin to create microscopic holes in the surface of the skin. This might sound scary but isn't painful, and the holes are necessary to both promote collagen release and to provide an easy pathway for applied serums to reach deep within your skin to treat the hyperpigmentation.
There are at-home kits for microneedling but the in-office experience features a deeper penetration of both the needles and the follow-up serum. Plus your specialist can better tailor your follow-up products to your specific skincare needs beyond the hyperpigmentation. To learn more, check out a clinic like KN Medspa.