Black women are very familiar with hyperpigmentation; the darkening of sections of the skin due to an excess of melanin. The primary function of melanin is to absorb UV rays and prevent damage to skin cells. Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH) is the darkening that results from melanin production, usually triggered by the exposure of traumatized skin to the sun. The trauma in this case is caused by inflammation as a result of acne. While it would be easy enough to simply brush over our blemishes – literally with makeup, here at Bolden we prefer to get to the root of issues, and deal with them head-on.
In the case of PIH, prevention really is the best cure, because if there is no acne then there is no excess pigmentation to be left behind. Our Clarifying Cleanser was thoughtfully formulated with this function in mind. It is PH-balanced and its anti- bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties help prevent breakouts. It is also chuck full of powerful antioxidants to renew and protect the skin from free radical damage.
Follow up with our nourishing and calming toner that gently exfoliates, tightens pores, and fades dark spots. It contains ingredients that gently exfoliate the skin, ridding it of dead skin cells which in turn reduces breakouts by preventing pores from becoming clogged.
What if you already have hyperpigmentation from past acne scars?
Hyperpigmentation can be treated by taking preventive measures against unnecessary sun exposure, wearing sunscreen while out in the sun, and following a good skincare regimen.
Sun exposure is the number one cause of hyperpigmentation. The reason is that melanin acts like a natural sunscreen shielding the skin from the sun’s UV rays. Its production is triggered by exposure to the sun and it is therefore imperative to wear sunscreen so your skin is not forced to produce excess melanin around the inflamed or healing skin. Keeping hyper pigmented skin out of the sun when possible will allow these marks to fade as quickly as possible.
Alpha Hydroxyl Acids (AHA) like glycolic acid provide exfoliation of the surface cells of the skin and are a great way to achieve the skin turnover required to reduce hyperpigmentation. Most people find that they can tolerate over-the-counter 10% glycolic acid products every two or three nights, or every night when mixed with moisturizer.