Nerium for Hyperpigmentation Treatment?

Nerium for Hyperpigmentation Treatment?

WHAT IS HYPERPIGMENTATION?

Hyperpigmentation is the darkening of an area of skin caused by the overproduction of the skin pigment, melanin. Many people live with hyperpigmentation and it is harmless, however it can be embarrassing and affect a person’s self confidence.  Hyperpigmentation can appear on any area of the body but is most common on the face, hands, and neck.

Hyperpigmentation affects men and women of all ethnic groups and is not only one of the most prevalent skin conditions, but also very difficult to treat.

hyperWHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF HYPERPIGMENTATION?

Hyperpigmentation is categorized by what causes it.  There are 3 main types:

A.  Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). This occurs because of skin injury.  Possible causes of skin injury include, burns, acne lesions, psoriasis and sometimes even professional skin care treatments.  Anything that can cause harm to the skin and cause it to have to regenerate itself can cause PIH.  The first step of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation is that the skin begins to regenerate or repair itself.  This process can take months to years to occur.   It begins to fade as the skin regenerates itself—a process that can take months or more.

B.  Lentigines, which are known as age spots or liver spots . They are more common as you age and are found on 90% of light-skinned individuals over the age of 60.  Research has found they are related to UV exposure and not by age.  Of course the amount of UV exposure is most commonly higher in older individuals, but that is not always the case.  My best friend in college had her own tanning bed and would tan everyday, sometimes two times a day.  Needless to say she had numerous sun spots all over her face, neck and hands by the time she was thirty.

C.  Melasma. affects five to six million women in the United States alone!!  It is caused by hormonal fluctuations, such as thyroid dysfunction, pregnancy, hormone replacement therapy, and birth control pills.  It can be difficult to treat, as our hormones are always fluctuating.  It is also suspected that certain illnesses, and prescription medications, may cause hyperpigmentation.

HOW TO PREVENT HYPERPIGMENTATION

There are a couple of things that can be done to prevent further hyperpigmentation.

Sun Protection

Wearing a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 daily will prevent further hyperpigmentation from developing.  Avoiding extreme sun exposure is also very critical.

Exfoliation

Hyperpigmentation can show up in dead skin cells as well so frequent mild exfoliation will help remove discolored dead skin cells.  Avoid using harsh, abrasive exfoliants as the damage to the skin could defeat the purpose of exfoliation.

IS THERE A CURE FOR HYPERPIGMENTATION?

Unfortunately, there is no ‘cure’ for hyperpigmentation that will make it disappear completely.  Lightening the appearance of hyperpigmentation can greatly improve the skin’s condition.  Nerium has been scientifically proven to improve the appearance of discoloration.

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