Mischo Beauty School: Hyperpigmentation 101

I received a question from Kia of Yummy 411 with regards to women of color and the issue of hyperpigmentation as a result of having had acne, laser hair removal or from shaving. She wanted to know what I'd recommend to treat the dark areas and if I had a suggestion of a particular concealer for covering discolored areas. In sharing my response with Kia, I wanted to share this with my readers as well.

Let me qualify my response by stating that I am not a medical doctor and this response should not be mistaken as medical advice. My recommendation for treating hyperpigmentation is to first see a dermatologist who can help you determine the cause of the discoloration and the best treatment for it.

Hyperpigmentation is the overproduction of pigment (melanin) which results in discoloration or dark areas on the skin. It may be caused by a number of internal or external factors such as sunlight, injury, trauma, medication, skin diseases and skin treatments and products. Women of color are more susceptible to skin discoloration due to genetics and the differences in physiology. If you have a tendency for this disorder, then you should avoid the following:

1. Sun Exposure (it's one of the biggest causes of hyperpigmentation and will make existing disorders worse)

2. Deep Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion or Laser Services (these services could result in injury or trauma to the skin)

3. Over-Exfoliation (this will make the disorder worse and might cause hypopigmentation, which is the loss of pigment)

4. Manipulation of Pimples (use an over-the-counter spot treatment or medication prescribed by your dermatologist to treat them)

Because shaving may cause hyperpigmentation for some, in addition to irritated skin and ingrown hairs, I would suggest waxing, threading, or using a depilatory (hair removal cream). Your dermatologist may even have a treatment to block hair growth.

I'd recommend Dermablend products as a concealer. I've heard over and over again how great they are for achieving maximum coverage and a flawless look.

Though skin of color is more susceptible to pigmentation issues, it's advantage is that due to it's difference in physiology, it has a greater protection from the sun and shows fewer signs of aging.

Love your skin.

Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions!

Any thoughts on hyperpigmentation? I'd love to hear what you think!



Brown Girl Gumbo said...

Every now and then I have a pimple and it ends up leaving behind an ugly dark spot (hyper-pigmentation). I hate it when this happens, but it does. So when it occurs, I SWEAR by Dermablend to cover these unwanted marks. I've been using it for years and it really does work wonders!! Great post.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I like yours too and I'm adding it to my blogroll! :-)

April 9, 2008 at 11:02 AM
Mischo Beauty said...

To "Brown Girl Gumbo": Thanks! Great to hear you've had success with Dermablend. I've heard some of the TOP makeup artists swear by it...

Thanks for stopping by! And, I've added you to my beauty blog roll! :)

April 9, 2008 at 11:53 AM
yummy411 said...

hey mischo! thank you for that information! i've learned to love dermablend as well. to keep ingrown hairs at a minimum, i've switched over to using veet. thanks again. wonderful article!

April 10, 2008 at 8:47 AM
Mischo Beauty said...

To "Yummy 411": I hope it answered all of your questions! Hyperpigmentation is a serious issue for people and my suggestion is always to see a Dermatologist first so that the issue/cause is properly diagnosed! Glad you enjoyed the post. Thank you!

April 10, 2008 at 11:12 AM
Virtuous Blue said...

This is such a great post. It is so key to understand the importance of proper skincare, and I just love your blog for that. You provide such thorough information.


April 10, 2008 at 3:37 PM
Mischo Beauty said...

To Kenya: Thanks so much for your kind words! I really appreciate them. I'm passionate about skincare and that's why I obtained my esthetics license. I'm so glad that I can now share all that I know!

April 10, 2008 at 4:12 PM
Anonymous said...

Hey- I just wanted to say that I have been trying out light chemical peels along with microdermabrasions at a spa, and I have seen improvements in the degree of my hyperpigmentation.

April 1, 2010 at 1:23 AM
Anonymous said...

But thank you for this article.

April 1, 2010 at 1:23 AM
Mischo Beauty said...

To Anonymous: Good for you! Thanks for sharing. :)

April 1, 2010 at 2:12 PM
Mischo Beauty said...

To Anonymous: You're welcome! Thanks for stopping by. :)

April 1, 2010 at 2:14 PM

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