Problems With Pigmentation? Reviews of Skin Lightening and Beauty Products

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Achieving clear and radiant skin is up there on most people's lists when it comes to having more self confidence. Your face and skin are the first things that others notice about you, and it's what they're looking directly at when they're talking to you. So if you're suffering with skin issues, it really can make you want to hide away. There are all kinds of things that can go wrong with your complexion, from acne to rosacea, psoriasis and blackheads, but one thing in particular we're looking at today is hyperpigmentation and dark spots. If these are an issue for you, read on to find out more.

What causes hyperperpigmention?
Darker spots on the skin occur due to the accumulation of melanin. They're completely harmless, but as with any imperfection on the skin they can cause you to feel insecure. Unlike other kinds of skin issues, dark spots can be difficult to cover up with makeup, and so improving their appearance tends to be top priority for those that have them. According to the Skin Lightening Beauty Guide, finding good products that work for you can minimise their appearance. Here are a few to consider. 

Lightening Creams 
Lightening creams are very popular, but are still widely misunderstood by many. Often confused with 'skin bleaching' (or other skin lightening methods which can be dangerous or just not work at all), lightening creams are great for hyperpigmentation. They target and lighten the patchy areas using ingredients such as glycolic acid, Vitamin C, alpha hydroxyl, kojic acid, etc. They're safe to use and as they're moisturising will benefit the rest of your face too. As with anything, do your research and only use safe and tested brands. Buy from a local drugstore or from a brand you can trust, don't just purchase anything from the internet as it really could contain anything.

We all know that too much sun exposure isn't good for the complexion. While we need the sun's rays to soak up essential Vitamin D, too much causes our skin to dry out, age prematurely and can even lead to skin cancer. If you're prone to dark spots and hyperpigmentation then the sun can also cause these to develop (or worsen). For this reason, always use sunscreen whatever the weather. On sunny days it's worth using one with a high sun protection factor, but get used to using one all year round. If you're bad at rememebering, buy a moisturiser or foundation with SPF included so you can kill two birds with one stone. 

Chemical peels 
Chemical peels are proven to be effective when it comes to minimising dark spots. They essentially burn off the topmost layer of the skin (the part which is the most pigmented and discoloured), causing it to die and fall off. Once it's healed, the skin underneath is much fresher, brighter and more even. Chemical peels are also great for minimising fine lines and wrinkles, and despite sounding scary they're perfectly safe. Just make sure you go to a salon which is professional and experienced. Always use a high SPF sunscreen on the new skin, it will be delicate and prone to damage for some time. 

Homemade masks
Sometimes you don't need to spend a lot of money on beauty products, you have some really effective ingredients already in your home- or easily available at the supermarket. Take aloe vera for example, the gel from this plant can be found in any chemist due to its skin healing properties. It's soothing and protects against redness, and is even said to help fade discolouration. Like aloe vera, honey can act as a moisturiser and provide a lightening effect on darker skin areas as well. It might not yield results that are as good as a chemical peel, but it's a cheap and easy alternative that's well worth a try. 

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