The New "It" Ingredients for Treating Hyperpigmentation
Acne scars, sun damage, melasma -- hyperpigmentation is one of Latin women's biggest skin care woes. To fight dark spots, look for products with these winning ingredient combos
Healing antioxidants can be a great ally in improving sun protection and preventing unwanted melanin production. "An SPF 30 blocks approximately 97 percent of the sun's UVB rays, but topical antioxidants prevent free radical damage from the small percentage of UVB that does enter the skin. Plus, they reduce inflammation, which triggers melanin production and often contributes to dark spots in darker skin types," says Woolery-Lloyd. Look for products that couple antioxidants like Vitamin E with barrier function strengtheners like black bamboo extract, which help build and strengthen skin's natural moisture barrier to lock in hydration.
Woolery-Lloyd also suggests the following tips to enhance results:
- Use a sunscreen with minimum SPF 30, seven days a week, regardless of the forecast.
- Wear a hat when out in the sun.
- Take a supplement with polypodium leucotomos, an antioxidant from a tropical fern that fights melasma and is photo-protective. Woolery-Lloyd also suggests taking a green tea supplement, which "has also been studied, but less extensively."
- Review your medications. Some medications can make hyperpigmentation worse, including oral contraceptives, hormone replacement therapies, topical estrogen creams, some diuretics used to control blood pressure, and some antibiotics.
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