Hyperpigmentation: What is the Best Way to Get Rid of Age Spots?

Everybody enjoys soaking up the sun and we are all guilty of occasionally going without sun-cream, however this is unfortunately one of the main causes of hyperpigmentation which causes dark spots to appear on the skin.

A usually harmless condition, hyperpigmentation is caused when the body produces an excess of melanin. The dark patches it leaves on the skin are usually referred to as ‘age spots’, ‘sun spots’ or ‘liver spots’.

Wearing sun-cream is vitally important to prevent deposits of the brown pigment that usually forms normal skin colour developing into these dark patches. Hyperpigmentation can occur at any time in life, for example following acne, during pregnancy due to hormonal changes, as part of the ageing process or if you have been a sun worshipper in the past.

Every skin type can be affected by hyperpigmentation, but darker skin is particularly susceptible to it, especially if exposed to the sun for a prolonged amount of time.

What are the causes?

Here are a few things that may cause hyperpigmentation:

Sun damage
Inflammation
Skin injuries
Acne
Hormonal changes
Skin lightening

What are the treatments?

There are some simple, everyday changes you can make in order to prevent hyperpigmentation. An overproduction of colour can be improved just by keeping out of the sun or at least minimising the amount of time spent in it. Always wear a sun-cream if you must go out in it though.

Another lifestyle change you can easily apply is to exfoliate. The simple task of removing dead skin cells on the top layer of your skin has shown some improvement in a number of people.

However, most people even after employing these lifestyle changes still find that they require skin care products to help reduce the appearance of dark spots. These vary from hydroquinone, alpha hydroxyy acids and Retin-A to name but a few.

Lumixyl Topical Brightening Creme contains a synthetic peptide which is non-toxic and therefore won’t irritate the skin but will help fade moderate to mild levels of hyper-pigmentation. This is the type of product which will help to treat sun or age spots, without causing irritation to the skin.

Photodamage or hyperpigmentation as a result of using prescription drugs or relating to a disease can also be treated with this product as it is gentle enough to be applied morning and night yet has extremely effective results. This is because it is based on naturally occurring peptides and therefore doesn’t cause the irritation which can occur with use of hydroquinone or Retin-A.

Lumixyl Topical Brightening Crème must be used with a sunscreen of a minimum of SPF30 however.

Lumixyl products also contain moisturising properties to the skin, which therefore help to improve its overall appearance thanks to a list of ingredients which provide a host of benefits. The moisturising effects can help to hydrate skin and protect against fine lines and wrinkles, brighten dull skin, help dry skin and rejuvenate skin to keep it looking younger.

Advanced Treatments:

In some cases, laser treatment, hydroquinone or Retin-A, among others, will be suitable for treating hyperpigmentation. They reduce melanin in the same way as Lumixyl. The first point of action in treating the condition, however, should be to find out the cause and then try a gentle yet effective treatment such as Lumixyl before deciding on a more advanced treatment if necessary.