The best treatments for hyperpigmentation


What is hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is the term used to describe areas of uneven pigmentation on the skin. It occurs when excess melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin tone, accumulates abnormally in the skin. 

This can result in darkened patches or spots on the skin that make skin look uneven.  

People with deeper skin tones (phototype 3 – 6) are normally more affected by hyperpigmentation than those with phototype 1 & 2 as skin pigmentation is stronger in phototypes 3 - 6. 

What causes and/or triggers hyperpigmentation?

As explained above, hyperpigmentation is caused by an increase in melanin. Several factors can trigger an increase in melanin production : sun exposure, hormonal influences and environmental factors which generate inflammation and sebum oxidation.

Pollution has various inflammation effects on the skin, and even weather is a factor: sebum oxidation tends to affect people with deeper skin tones in general, and especially if they live in temperate climates, which can trigger excess sebum. The sebum oxidizes, leading to inflammation, and acne lesions can appear. As these areas heal, they become darker. The complexion then becomes uneven.

How can I reduce existing pigment spots?

While prevention is best, once you have pigment spots there are steps you can take to help fade them and prevent their reappearance. 

First, the star of the show: our Dark Spot Correcting Serum helps reduce dark spots, even out complexion, and protect against the harmful effects of pollution. Its texture is different from typical serums: we have developed it to mimic skin itself (“biomimetic texture”) to ensure it blends perfectly with the skin, penetrating quickly yet invisibly.

80% of volunteers saw a reduction in their dark spots.

In just 28 days of use, complexion evenness improved by 35%, rising to 61% after 56 days of application.

100% of pollution particles are stopped thanks to an invisible natural film created by the Serum.

Of course, prevention is the key to combatting hyperpigmentation, and following a good cleansing/treatment/moisturizing routine is essential. 

Cleansing must be thorough, yet kind to the skin. For all skin types, we recommend Ustawi’s 3-in-1 Illuminating Micellar Gel, which gently removes make-up and detoxifies, and illuminates the complexion. Micelles effectively remove impurities from the skin (96% of impurities are eliminated). Its gel texture refreshes the skin and allows the product to be massaged directly onto the face. Excess product can be removed with a cotton pad or damp cloth.

For normal to dry skin, we recommend our Nourishing Cleansing Balm, which gently cleanses the skin, removing make-up and pollution particles accumulated during the day. It contains an organic extract of myrtle leaf known to protect and detoxify epidermal cells and boosts the skin's natural antioxidant defense system. Its unique transforming texture ensures both a thorough cleanse and a truly relaxing moment: The gel becomes an oil as it is massaged into the skin, add water and it becomes a soothing milk. Pat dry and the skin is soft and radiant.

Skin is clean and ready to receive our flagship product: the Dark Spot Correcting Serum.

Hydration is a key component to skin health, and moisturizing is a must, if you have combination to oily skin, our 24-Hour Moisturizer Mattifying Effect will effectively hydrate the skin while controlling sebum production (86% of volunteers noted this effect). Its light texture enables immediate make-up application (90% agree with this statement), leaving skin soft and smooth.  

For normal to dry skin, the Ultra-Nourishing 24-Hour Moisturizer maintains balanced hydration throughout the day (100% of volunteers agreed). It contains a cocktail of vitamins B3, C and E, much of it derived naturally from extract of baobab fruit, Africa's superfruit, rich in vitamins and minerals. Its texture adapts perfectly to the climate, leaving skin nourished without shine. 

Cleansing, treating, and hydratingcan be essential to combat the causes and effects of hyperpigmentation.In addition to your daily routine, we recommend a deep but gentle treatment two or three times a week. Our Detox and Glow 5 in 1 Mask with red and white clay deeply yet gently cleanses and detoxifies the skin. Its formula contains a cocktail of powerful antioxidants.

The result: skin is purified (94% of people agree with this statement), detoxified (84% of people agree with this statement) and feels radiantly healthy (89%). Its light, creamy texture spreads easily and provides a pleasantly fresh effect. Unlike conventional clay masks, the product does not dry or cake on the skin.

This routine is recommended by 93% of volunteers after 28 days of use.