Treating hyperpigmentation naturally, so look for these ingredients. So this article is about hyperpigmentation and treating it with some natural ingredients in these products. So if you have age spots, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, which includes Acne scars or Melasma, these are some products or ingredients that you can look. Now you have to remember, when you are treating hyperpigmentation with JUST natural ingredients, it is going to be a whole lot SLOWER. So a lot of times, we are in the age where we want things instantly, and so people give up. So the best results, I have read tons-and-tons of clinical studies, and the results are all over the world where people have hyperpigmentation, it’s one of the most common skin conditions — the best results are when you combine it with professional treatment. Then you support it with home care.
But if you can’t do these professional treatments and you were looking for home care, and you don’t want to use Hydroquinone because you can’t use it or you choose not to use it, then these are some ingredients to look. So, let’s get started.
Naturally ingredients of hyperpigmentation.
3. ELLAGIC ACID
5. KOJIC ACID
6. Green Tea, Azelaic Acid, Ascorbic Acid
7. LICORICE ROOT EXTRACT
8. LIGNIN PEROXIDASE
10. ALOESIN and Aloe Vera
Because you’re going to be using natural products and you choose not to do professional treatments, it’s just going to take longer. So, here we go.
It is based on the majority of my clients and also some clinical studies. And on the list, some of them still need further clinical studies, and I will let you know which ones those are.
I read a lot of skincare labels, and I am slowly starting to see this in a lot more products. It is a known Tyrosinase inhibitor, so basically, it prevents the Melanosomes
So there was one clinical study that done. It is the first one where 14 out of 16 women in this clinical trial, so they were a mixture of Caucasian and Hispanic women who had Melasma. They applied the Soy Extract once a day for three months and saw a 12% improvement in their hyperpigmentation.
The other clinical study that done on 44 Celtic complexion men. So “Celtic complexion” basically means they’re more on the Fitzpatrick scale of 1 & 2, they’re prone to red, redness, they’re prone to sensitivity, prone to Rosacea, and when they have hyperpigmentation because don’t have Eumelanin, they have Pheomelanin. Pheomelanin is more the yellowish-red pigments. But then the study was done on them because they’re more prone to sensitivities, and they also saw some improvement. And that was more on clarity and more like a radiance type of progress on their skin.
NIACINAMIDE It is known as an anti-oxidant, also known as Vitamin B3, and it not only helps with hyperpigmentation, but it also helps with the reduction of the size of pores, and it’s also known as a Tyrosinase inhibitor.
3. ELLAGIC ACID
You may not see that exact ingredient in these skincare products. Still, if you see anything from Strawberry Extracts, Cherry Extracts, and Pomegranate Extracts, it’s a powerful Polyphenol, it’s an anti-oxidant that derived from nuts, certain types of berries, and certain types of trees, and it also is a Tyrosinase inhibitor, and in some clinical studies have shown better results than Arbutin and the well-known Kojic Acid
So there are still more further studies that need to do, but if you do see some products in that, and But that’s something interesting that I think you’re going to see more-and-more of as they do more clinical studies.
It is derived from Bearberry, Blueberry, different types of berry extract, including some trees as well, and it is a Tyrosinase inhibitor.
5. KOJIC ACID
KOJIC ACID it’s very well known as a skin lightener-and-brightener. It is a Tyrosinase inhibitor, BUT it also is a ROS.
It’s a free radical that causes RNA, DNA damage, as well as it ages or breaks down Collagen and Elastin, and Apoptosis, which is also known as “cell death.”
So it takes those down. And Kojic Acid, and according to a lot of clinical studies I read, Kojic Acid works when it’s paired with other exfoliants to increase skin penetration. So what I mean by that is not when you use just Kojic Acid, it’s not as effective as when you use it with at least a 2.5% L-Ascorbic or Vitamin C percentage, as well as Glycolic Acid, or Lactic Acid, or some another exfoliant to increase skin penetration.
One clinical study found that when you pair Kojic Acid with at least 1 – 2% per cent Hydroquinone, which is an over-the-counter formulation along with 0.1% Betamethasone Valerate, or a combination of all three, it increased the efficacy and the result of the Kojic Acid.
This clinical study performed on 80 multi-ethnic patients with hyperpigmentation.
So, in addition to this, of course, the more well-known common ingredients known for have lightening- and-brightening and anti-aging benefits is-
6. Green Tea, Azelaic Acid, Ascorbic Acid.
So a lot of times in the Skincare Industry, they talk about Vitamin C all the time, but they use it interchangeably. Still, when you look at the ingredient, the MOST effective is L-Ascorbic Acid; however, there are more reactions, there are more chances of response in certain skin types.
So a lot of times, they’ll use a Vitamin C derivative, which may not be as effective, but it’s less reach, it doesn’t cause as many reactions. So in this one clinical study using Ascorbic Acid, it has done with 29 women over 12 weeks.
So this is one machine. There are all different types of devices out there that professionals can use. This one is a handheld one because it’s much smaller and that uses a process of Iontophoresis using a positive ion dominant. So, in this skincare world, if you’re using a positive ion dominant, in chemistry, it pulls in where negative pull up, and that’s a process called “Desincrustation.”
But when they used in professional treatments, using Iontophoresis, they saw a significant increase along within this specific clinical study, and they used along with the professional treatments they used it with sunscreen of SPF 30. They used it with skincare products that had Mandelic Acid in it. In this one particular clinical study, over 75% of the participants saw a significant improvement in their hyperpigmentation.
It is another clinical study, 32 patients saw over 25% improvement, and then 22 another 22 patients saw over 50% improvement in their hyperpigmentation. So now if you are finding some of this information helpful to you.
Benefits of Green tea
So here are more ingredients that have shown to improve hyperpigmentation. However, there still needs to be more clinical studies before that said it needed to have more peer-reviewed clinical studies before they started to tout this as skin-lightening. Even it has shown some great results for hyperpigmentation. So the first one is.
1. LICORICE ROOT EXTRACT
LICORICE ROOT EXTRACT mostly already seen a lot of Acne and lightening products have this. There was a study that done, and it was only on Chinese and Caucasian women. It shown to be 16 times MORE effective than Hydroquinone, and it was more it was shown to be more effective on Fitzpatrick 1 – 4, or this study that done on that.
2. LIGNIN PEROXIDASE
LIGNIN PEROXIDASE that is an extract that is drawing from tree fungus, and you may not see this actual name, what you may notice is you know Shiitake Mushroom Extract or Maitake Mushroom Extract, or Oyster Mushroom.
They do have a lot of anti-oxidant properties. Some of them have a high amount of humectant properties, so bringing moisture to the air.
So that’s another one And according to one clinical study, it not only like I had mentioned before, not only shows promising results in treating hyperpigmentation, but it also increases clarity and radiance on your skin. So, it has multi-benefits, but again, they still have to do further clinical testing on this product and, but already again skincare products are using this extract in a lot of their products this is-
The active ingredient in Turmeric that helps with hyperpigmentation is Curcumin, and it is a hydrophobic Polyphenol that found in the yellow pigment.
In Vivo, studies have shown so, “In Vivo” basically means in, you know in vitro in a vial its tests have shown that it increases Apoptosis, which is cell death, in Melanoma cells! There have been two clinical studies that have shown promising results in not only again hyperpigmentation but helping with fine lines and wrinkles. So there was one clinical study that done, it was a split-face study among Caucasian women using a cream, a Niacinamide cream with the Turmeric Extract versus just using it with the Niacinamide alone, and they showed that there was a vast improvement when used with a Niacinamide cream, but this was more even though they wanted to see what it would do to the skin.
It showed improvement in fine lines and wrinkles and only done with just Caucasian women. In another area, it offered an advance. It done on Chinese women. It didn’t say how many, but it showed improvement in their hyperpigmentation by 14.16%.
4. ALOESIN and Aloe Vera
It showed some promising results of brightening-and-lightening results with hyperpigmentation when paired with Arbutin. Again more clinical studies need to be shown with Aloesin. So I tried to look for more information on that, I thought I would mention it, but compared to the other ingredients that I’m telling you, the other ones showed a lot more clinical study results than this one.
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So here is my **DISCLAIMER**. My disclaimer is that: Just because these ingredients have been proven in clinical studies to work, it doesn’t mean that these specific ingredients will work for YOU. And the only way to know is to TRY it. The other thing is when somebody uses products and say, “Oh, it doesn’t work…” and they switch from one thing to another, because you’re using natural products, it does take some time to see if there are results. So if you cannot do professional treatments, you can only do them for home care, the minimum that you have to do to see if it starts working is 30 DAYS