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
1. A tyrosinase inhibitor (like hydroquinone) that suppresses the enzyme tyrosinase and keeps it from turning tyrosine into melanin.
2. An exfoliator that increases cell turnover to reveal newer, and thus more lightly pigmented, skin. Examples include retinol, glycolic acid and salicylic acid.
3. A melanogenesis inhibitor that stops melanosomes from transferring newly produced melanin to other skin cells in the body.
Woolery-Lloyd notes that some combination therapies also contain penetration enhancers such as kojic acid, which help topical treatments penetrate more deeply into skin. Combining this three-part formula with botanical ingredients and penetration enhancers is a more recent approach to targeting hyperpigmentation.
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