As strange as it may sound, almost every person in the world today has had to deal with hyperpigmentation of some sort. You could be thinking, ‘I have never suffered from this mysterious condition?’ You have, in one way or another. Remember those unsightly dark spots that were as a result of old pimples during your teenagehood? Yes, that’s one form of hyperpigmentation. Sun damage after exposure to harmful sun rays and freckles you develop on your skin are also considered hyperpigmentation… so yes, you too have suffered from this condition from time to time.
Basically, it is any area on your skin that appears darker or even brighter than your normal skin tone is as a result of the formation of excess pigment. Naturally, the color on your skin is as a result of a pigment known as melanin, which is naturally formed within the skin and is meant to protect the body from harsh UV sun rays while at the same time define your natural skin tone. At times though, too much of this melanin can be formed in a specific area, leading to dark patches or spots, and is what is referred to as hyperpigmentation.
Hyperpigmentation is one of the commonest problems of the skin we have around, and interestingly, it assumes different forms. By the same token, the cause of this discoloration can vary from one person to another. Basically, any spot that is dark colored qualifies for hyperpigmentation – melasma, acne scars, age spots, sun damage, uneven skin tone to mention but a few. Many a times, the sun and its harmful UV rays is responsible for hyperpigmentation as it triggers an over production of melanin on the skin.
There are also internal causes, such as acne, and hormonal changes and imbalances. Other cases of hyperpigmentation could be external such as surgical scar or due to a chemical burn. Even though hyperpigmentation has no health risk to you as an individual, it can be problematic and can really bruise your self esteem especially if it appears on the face. It is because of this and other reasons that people will go for skin lightening beauty creams so as to lighten the dark toned areas.
Hydroquinone was one of the most used treatment for this condition – a synthetic ingredient available in both OTC and prescription skin lightening creams. Thanks to advancement in technology though, today you are not tied down to hydroquinone alone, there is a wide gamut of products to choose from. Hydroquinone inhibits melanin production, and an over use of it leads to a condition known as cytotoxic. Because it has proven to really bleach the skin, and because it has posed various health concerns, today hydroquinone has been banned in various countries. In the USA, although still available, but at very minimal concentrations – OTCs have a 2% while prescription have a 4% concentration of the hydroquinone ingredient.
Because of health concerns, the FDA is thinking of banning all OTC products with the hydroquinone ingredient in the USA. It is because of this that many people are opting for safer alternatives and accordingly, not to be left behind, cosmetic manufacturers have started to introduce safer ingredients which simulate the skin lightening abilities of hydroquinone but without the adverse side effects reported. Some popular alternatives of hydroquinone include vitamin C, kojic acid, AHA’s acid, and arbutin, to mention but a few.
One beauty product that is taking the market by storm is the Meladerm Pigment Reducing Complex manufactured by the world famous Civant Skincare. This is a formulation that brings together all the tested and proven skin lightening ingredients such as licorice extract, Alpha-Arbutin, Lactic acid, and Kojic Acid to mention but a few. The active ingredients then combine their effective abilities to inhibit the production of melanin in areas that are already hyperpigmented.
Further, it contains liposomes that have proven effective in paving way for the ingredients to get deep into the skin, thus working from the inside out to reduce hyperpigmentation without having to use hydroquinone. Upon using this product you will get results in as little as 203 weeks, but more apparent results will be visible circa 2-3 months of continuous regular use. If the current reviews and statistics are anything to go by, then there is reason to pay close attention to this product. It is clearly evident that the company behind this product have done a thorough homework on the problem before coming up with the Meladerm formula.
Even though a 1.7oz pack of Meladerm formula retails at $49.99, to many this may seem a bit on the higher side considering there are other cheaper alternatives. However, considering what you stand to gain, especially because the pack can last very long, you will realize significant savings in the end. When a typical 1.7oz pack is applied twice daily on the whole face, it can last for up to 7 weeks, meaning if it is applied on small areas e.g. the neck and hand, the pack can last even longer.