Hyperpigmentation is a common, usually harmless condition in which patches of skin become darker in color than the normal surrounding skin. This darkening occurs when an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin color, forms deposits in the skin.
Hyperpigmentation can be triggered by a variety of conditions, resulting in different types of hyperpigmentation, including UV-induced hyperpigmentation, hormone-induced hyperpigmentation, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Click this link to learn more about the types of hyperpigmentation.
Whatever the cause, according to the Global Industry Analysts (GIA), hyperpigmentation is so common, the skin-lightening market is estimated to reach $10 billion in 2015
Currently, treatments focus on treating the condition with preparations designed to inhibit melanin production, known as tyrosinase inhibitors. These inhibitors target the tyrosinase enzyme, which ultimately converts to excess melanin deposits in the skin. For more information on options for Treating Hyperpigmentation, click the link.
Given the prevalence of this condition worldwide, research for new and improved treatments is ongoing. One newer treatment is comprised of a synthetic molecule that has demonstrated significant brightening results that compare favorably with Hydroquoinine (while Hydoquonine is effective, it remains a controversial treatment that is banned in some countries). This new product, called Chromabright, is being tested in clinical trials and results show that apart from skin brightening, Chromabright also helps prevent UV-induced skin damage.
Treat Hyperpigmentation from the Inside
According to Sam Dhatt, a leader in innovative skincare technology and founder of Allure Cosmetics, Inc., treating hyperpigmentation by ‘consuming a diet rich in fruits and vegetables might help prevent UV-induced hyperpigmentation by protecting skin with antioxidants. Examples of these antioxidant-rich foods include berries, kiwi, grapefruit, kale and spinach’.
Sam Dhatt is a strong proponent of a multi-tiered approach to treating most skin conditions and believes that by understanding the effects of nutrients and topical treatments on the skin, you can improve results and have a more positive outcome.
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