The approach to hyperpigmentation treatments can be challenging, especially when it comes to dark spots on dark skin as many worry about changing their natural skin color and not the uneven patch itself. But at Clear Essence, it’s one of the problems that we want to target most when it comes to producing adequate African American skin care products as well as supporting other races that face similar hard-to-treat conditions.
How do dark spots on dark skin develop?
Hyperpigmentation can show up in skin as age spots, sun spots, liver spots or darkened skin caused by acne scarring. Pigmentation in the skin is determined at the cellular level. Melanocytes are the cells that make melanin, or pigment in the skin. All people have the same total number of melanocytes. The role of melanin in the skin is to filter out dangerous ultraviolet radiation from sunlight and protect the uppermost skin cells from damage. Melanin also appears as skin is healing from inflammation from blemishes, burns or bruises. This results in dark spots as the melanin surrounds the infected area to protect it from further damage.
Treatments for acne and anti-aging can be addressed through prescription or over-the-counter treatments containing salicylic acid such as Clear Essence’s Platinum Series Blemish Control Wash Formula. Treat acne early and ongoing to reduce the inflammation response by the melanocytes which cause acne scarring.
When clients are concerned with darker pigmentation, we recommend looking for hydroquinone (2% concentration over-the-counter), or vitamin C and licorice extract. Our Platinum Series and Alpha Hydroxy Series contain hydroquinone at the 2% FDA regulated level to treat those dark spots and hyperpigmentation problems. Try our Medicated Fade Crème or Skin Lightening Serum to see results in 4-6 weeks. If your skin is sensitive to hydroquinone, try our Lemon Plus Vitamin C Series which uses all natural ingredients such as licorice extract as a skin lightening agent. Try the Lemon Plus Vitamin C Vanishing Crème for dryer skin types or Lemon Plus Vitamin C Perfecting Serum as a spot treatment for those stubborn dark areas.
Moisturizers are an extremely important component for people with dark spots on dark skin and darker skin colors who struggle with pigmentation issues. Patients with darker skin types often develop a gray appearance to their skin when it is dry. In fact, some studies suggest that transepidermal water loss is greater in black patients. In more severe cases, moisturizers with ingredients such as lactic acid or salicylic acid are most effective. Understanding this, Clear Essence has produced many different moisturizers for people of color that consist of vitamins, lactic acid, shea butter and aloe to keep the skin hydrated, soft and moisturized. Every Clear Essence line contains at least one moisturizer for darker skin complexions and tailored for specific skin types. For normal but dry skin try our Skin Beautifying Milk to eliminate rough, dull, ashy, dry and dark areas on the skin. Maturing skin should use our Alpha Hydroxy Skin Beautifying Milk which improves skin texture while slowing the visible signs of aging due to its lactic acid and hydroquinone ingredients meant to even skin tone and hydrate the skin. For sensitive skin use our Lemon Plus Vitamin C Skin Smoothing Cream which uses natural ingredients to tone skin for a cleaner and brighter appearance. Once your desired skin tone is achieved after lightening your hyperpigmentation and dark spots, use the My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Moisturizing Body Lotion with SPF 15 to keep skin soft, gradually keep skin even and tone and prevent future discolorations with sunscreen properties.