When small patches of your skin become darker than the surrounding area, you’re likely experiencing hyperpigmentation. It can be attributed to a few different things, but primarily, it’s the result of the overproduction of melanin concentrated in those tiny areas of the skin.
This skin condition can impact anyone, especially those with darker skin tones due to darker-skin tones naturally produce more melanin than lighter or fair-skin toned individuals. Also, you can encourage hyperpigmentation if you shave the wrong way, which leads to razor bumps that can leave dark spots long after the bumps are gone.
While hyperpigmentation can be an issue for some, it is manageable. You can finesse your way around this harmless skin condition from the comfort of your home and here are some at-home tips we can put to use for the issue:
Use Natural Ingredients With Healing Components
Scars from razor bumps can leave behind a discolored look after a shave. But you can minimize the appearance of patchy skin tones by using products that include natural ingredients with healing components. Consider a hydrating cream, such as the Bevel Restoring Balm. It has ingredients that can help to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation the more you use it, including lactic acid and shea butter. These ingredients work to moisturize your face, and also help heal scars to reduce hyperpigmentation.
Leave Bumps Alone
Whatever you do, definitely refrain from touching your scars or razor bumps. Picking at bumps can irritate your skin and scar your face further by doing more damage resulting in patchy discoloration that’s darker than the surrounding skin. It’s best to let them run their course and gently wash your face with cold water and plain soap until the bumps subside. After this, we can put our efforts towards preventing them all together.
It’s easy for your pores to get clogged with dirt and for dead skin cells to build up if you don’t exfoliate your skin. The problem with skipping out on exfoliation is that you’re giving your skin more time to build up these dead skin cells, which can easily collect in the folds of your skin, including your neck.
Sometimes this buildup can cause hyperpigmentation. That’s why it’s important to exfoliate your skin with products that help remove dead skin cells like the Bevel Shave Brush and a complimentary shave cream. The brush exfoliates the skin while helping to lift your hairs, making it easier to shave and prevent razor bumps. For extra measure, you could also exfoliate once or twice a week with an exfoliating cleanser to ensure you’re continually getting rid of those dead skin cells.
Practice Proper Shaving Techniques
When your skin is inflamed because of poor shaving skills, it’s time to up your skills. Use proper shaving techniques, including shaving in the direction of the growth of your hair and priming your skin with oil designed to smooth your hairs. This helps to minimize ingrown hairs and reduce the occurrence of razor bumps so you can avoid the patchy skin look hyperpigmentation brings.
Apply Sunscreen When Outdoors
Sunscreen isn’t just for individuals with fair or light skin tones. No one’s skin is invincible to the sun, and that applies to individuals with darker skin tones, too. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a broad-spectrum sunscreen to prevent hyperpigmentation. Consider using one with a minimum SPF of 30 and limit the time you spend outdoors to help reduce the occurrence of this skin condition.
Dealing with hyperpigmentation doesn’t have to be a challenge. The day-to-day maintenance mentioned above may seem like a number of small things, but it’s the combination of all these things that come together to create a skin care routine that is unshakeable.