Hyperpigmentation is a skin condition where you get patches of skin that turn darker than your typical skin colour. It usually happens when your skin produces excessive melanin, which is a darker pigment of colour in your skin.
The most widely recognized reason for this is when you spend too much time in the sun without sunscreen or cover, which makes more melanin to be produced and furthermore assimilates more UV radiation to darken your skin.
Another problem that arises from too much exposure to the sun is causing your skin to become dehydrated and dull.
Thankfully, there are effective and natural treatments that will help cure both dull skin and hyperpigmentation.
1. Chemical Peels
One of the best natural treatments/cure for hyperpigmentation and dull skin is a chemeical peel. They come in fluctuating levels of quality that reach deeper into your skin depending on how serious your skin issues are. It uses a micture of naturally occurring ingredients and chemicals, mostly acids such as glycolic, salicylic, lactic, or carbolic acid.
The mixture is then applied to your skin, where it eats away and dissolves the surface layer of your skin and all the dead skin cells, dirt, dust, and debris it contains. The outcomes are not immediate, as it will gradually make the old layer of skin peel off. The end result is that you expose a new layer of skin cells to the surface of your skin, while the other ingredients in the peel nourish and strenghthen your new skin layer.
How does this treat your dull skin or hyperpigmentation?
By expelling the dry, dull, old, and discoloured skin cells that are on the surface and replacing them with fresh new skin cells that don't have those defects. It may take more than one treatment, however you ought not get them too often — your new layer of skin should recover completely before you can go through the process again.
2. Aloe vera
Aloe vera is a plant that is gathered for its exceptionally strong and natural properties, particularly for skin. It is transformed into oils, gels, and moisturizers to treat sunburn, inflammation, irritation, psoriasis, et cetera. Thanks to its high concentration of vitamins and minerals, aloe vera moisturize, nourishes, and protects your skin with anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.
For dull skin, the vitamins and minerals aloe vera contain help moisturize and support your skin to give it back more colour and dynamic quality.
For hyperpigmentation, aloe vera contains uncommon properties which remove dead skin cells, help new healthy skin cells develop, and reduces the melanin that your skin produces. As the surface skin cells die and get replaced, using aloe vera on your affected skin helps your body naturally replace the old, dark skin cells with new cells that are your typical color.
To get the best results, get new aloe vera in a gel form and apply it to the patches of your skin affected by hyperpigmentation before you sleep.
Let it sit on your skin overnight, and wash it off your face in the morning with plain warm water — no soap needed. After a matter of weeks, you will start to see clear results.
3. Avocado Oil
Avocado oil is made from the natural oils within the avocado fruit and contains a whole lot of great vitamins and chemicals, such as vitamin C and E, fatty acids, oleic acid, enzymes, and more.
Like aloe vera, avocado oil is used in many skincare products and by itself for natural skin care treatments, including those for dull skin and hyperpigmentation.
For dull skin, all of those great ingredients in avocado oil — such as antioxidants and vitamin E — help to restore dry, dull, and aging skin. It also moisturizes and hydrates your skin to help it regain its youthful glow, while also protecting it from things such as sun damage during the day.
For hyperpigmentation, avocado oil contains three key fatty acids as ingredients that help treat your discolored skin: linoleic acid, alpha-linolenic acid, and oleic acid. These work to decrease the amount of melanin in your skin that causes the discolored pigmentation in your skin.
With regular use over time, avocado oil can help reduce the appearance of discoloration.
DermaSweep is a micro-resurfacing treatment for your skin that, like a chemical peel, removes the top layer of your skin. It also then improves the health and strength of the layer of skin beneath it using natural vitamins, minerals, and chemicals.
It uses a vacuum and special wand with bristle tips to gently lift the surface skin cells and suck them away, removing the dead and dull skin cells along with any skin affected by hyperpigmentation.
After the DermaSweep wand exfoliates your skin, your body generates an increased amount of collagen — a special protein your body produces when it creates new skin cells. This makes your body replace the discolored and dull skin cells with new, bright and normally colored cells.
Your skin then receives an infusion of quality and natural skincare ingredients such as vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, peptides, and so on. This helps further protect your new layer of skin, while also reducing the melanin in your cells.
Similar to DermaSweep, microneedling is a treatment that helps treat dull skin and hyperpigmentation by naturally stimulating your body’s own collagen production. Collagen, being an important protein in your skin cells, is what your body makes when your skin gets cut to heal the wound, and it does so by replacing the skin cells over time.
Microneedling uses microscopic needles to wound your affected skin area at an almost invisible level. These tiny wounds kill your surface skin cells and make your body produce more collagen to replace them with new skin cells to heal the wounded area. The damage that the needles cause is extremely controlled to only the surface skin of the targeted area.
As your body replaces the damaged cells with new ones, it eventually replaces the dull or discolored skin with a new layer that lacks the same issues. When combined with aloe vera or avocado oil, it helps your skin recover its health and without the same dull or discolored pigmentation.