Uneven skin tone? Dark spots around the sensitive areas of your skin?
Welcome to my life! Life with hyperpigmentation.
Hyperpigmentation occurs when patches of the skin become darker in color than the surrounding skin. This is due to excess melanin forming deposits in the skin.
Because I’ve lived with hyperpigmentation and eczema for most of my life, I’ve mastered maintaining my skin. It took a lot of trial and error, but my skin now looks better than ever.
Here are my hyperpigmentation do’s & don’ts:
1. Do – Exfoliate! BGLH African Black Soap is a great natural exfoliator. It’s extremely important to get the dead skin cells off your face. A good exfoliator will give your skin a deep clean without being too rough!
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2. Don’t – Over-exfoliate! Everyone’s skin is different. I exfoliate once a day while some of my friends exfoliate once a week. Study your skin and create an exfoliation schedule that works for you. Just be sure not to overdo it! Over-exfoliating can lead to irritation, redness, and your skin could end up in worse condition than you started with.
3. Do – Moisturize! Hyperpigmentation and dry skin do NOT go together. My hyperpigmentation is on my face, around my mouth. Whenever this area is dry, it feels even more irritable. It makes me want to itch which makes my hyperpigmentation and eczema even worse. BGLH whipped body butter makes a perfect natural moisturizer! Pro Tip – try using more neutral scents on your face like coconut or vanilla. Test a small area first to see how your skin reacts.
4. Don’t – Skip the sunscreen! Just like moisturizing, sunscreen is a vital step in healing your hyperpigmentation. According to AOCD, age or “liver” spots are a common form of hyperpigmentation. They occur due to sun damage. Also, dark skin patches become more pronounced when skin is exposed to the sun. The only sunscreen I swear by is Black Girl Sunscreen: https://www.blackgirlsunscreen.com. I love it because it doesn’t leave a white film on my face like most sunscreens. Also, it adds a nice, moisturized glow to my skin. I suggest washing your face, toning, moisturizing, and ending with sunscreen.
I hope these tips help you manage your hyperpigmentation!