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How to manage hyperpigmentation in the summer
How to manage hyperpigmentation in the summer

How to manage hyperpigmentation in the summer

Posted by
 Dr Batra’s™  June 17, 2021

Hyperpigmentation can be a stubborn skin concern. It can frustrate you more when the sun during summers leaves your skin with a “weather-beaten” appearance. But we have good news for you; you can manage skin hyperpigmentation with a few simple steps and enjoy the summer without any worries. Read on to know more

What is hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is a medical term used to describe darker patches of skin. Hyperpigmentation occurs when the skin produces excess melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color. This excess melanin causes skin patches to appear darker than the surrounding areas.

If you’re dealing with skin hyperpigmentation, know that you aren’t alone. Skin hyperpigmentation is a common condition and can be managed with a vigilant skin care routine.

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Manage hyperpigmentation during summers

Protect your skin from sun

Protection from the sun is the most critical step. This is because the UV rays can increase melanin in your skin. Before moving out on a sunny day, make sure to apply sunscreen to protect your skin. Also, wearing sunscreen should not be reserved for summers, make it a part of your everyday skin care routine.

Moisturize your skin

Change your skin care products as the seasons’ change. Switch to a combination of moisturizer and sunscreen during the summer. This will not only enhance your overall skin radiance but also prevents sun damage and hyperpigmentation.

Exfoliate your skin at night

Exfoliate your face at night, and not in the morning. This is because the dead skin cells on the surface can act as a protective barrier and protect your hyperpigmentation. Avoid exfoliation in the morning, as when the newly exfoliated skin gets exposed to the sun, you are inviting inflammation and discoloration.

Avoid and retinoids

Some ingredients and medications can also make your skin react to the sun rays. Ingredients that contain essential oils, particularly retinoid can make the skin more reactive under the sun and are best not applied before UV exposure.

Say no to fragrances

Perfumes can be one of the lead causes of skin hyperpigmentation. When perfume combines with UV exposure, the pigment cells produce more melanin; this can make the condition spread in unaffected areas.

Eat healthy

A healthy diet including fresh fruits and vegetables, especially those rich in vitamin C and flavonoids; can help reduce hyperpigmentation. Some of the best foods for fighting hyperpigmentation are kale, sweet potatoes, lemons, pumpkins, berries, fatty fish and legumes.

Vitamin C

When it comes to summertime skin care, be sure to add a hydrating product that’s infused with Vitamin C into your skin care regimen. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant, which means it can help to neutralize free radicals. Its serum can also boost skin brightening and tightening.

Not all cases of hyperpigmentation can be managed solely through natural products and home remedies. We suggest consulting with a dermatologist if you experience significant discomfort and believe medical intervention may be needed.

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Homeopathy treatment for hyperpigmentation

In homeopathy skin hyperpigmentation is considered a reflection of an internal imbalance that needs to be healed from within. The homeopathic medicines for skin hyperpigmentation are selected after an individualized examination and case-analysis, which includes the symptoms of the disease, medical history of the patient, genetic predisposition and physical and mental constitution, etc.

Homeopathic treatment reinforces the immune system and gradually restores the pigmented spots to the normal skin color. It restores the hormonal imbalance and does not disturb the natural process of the skin's melanin production. Homeopathy acts on melanocytes to produce less melanin naturally. It also strengthens the skin cells to stay healthy and removes excessive melanin present in the skin. This improves the quality (texture) of skin, makes blemishes disappear and stops further discoloration of the skin.

Homeopathic remedies can be used by individuals of all age groups including infants and pregnant women. Homeopathy is non-addictive, free from side-effects and also cost-effective.

According to a case study published in ResearchGate, two homeopathic medicines, graphitis and causticum, were used to treat skin hyperpigmentation in 100 patients; the treatment resulted in complete remission in 82 cases. In the 18 remaining cases, more than 40% improvement was observed.

Every individual's skin and skin care journey is unique. What works for someone's skin may not work for others. If skin hyperpigmentation is left untreated, these dark spots can quickly magnify into a long-term nuisance. Book an appointment with a homeopathic dermatologist and get rid of the spots with a customized hyperpigmentation treatment.

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