Hyperpigmentation - Causes & Treatment

Hyperpigmentation - Causes & Treatment

Hyper Pigmentation affects many women and is often caused by sun exposure, acne or eczema. Usually it it caused by an over production of Melanin in your skin and results in an uneven skin tone.

We would all like to have a perfectly even skin tone with no dark spots or discolorations. Most of us have hyperpigmentation of some kind on our skin. Unfortunately, it is hard to avoid. How can we get control of the pigmentation and achieve that smooth complexion we all want? First, we need to learn where it comes from and what we can do to minimize our chances of getting it. Only then can we start to learn what we can do to reverse the damage.

Hyperpigmentation is simply defined as a condition where an area of skin gets darker than the surrounding area. There are cells within our skin known as Melanocytes. These cells are responsible for producing Melanin. Melanin is what gives our skin colour. When Melanin creates dark spots, we call this Hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation does not discriminate against colour or race. Anyone can have issues with dark spots. However, there are different reasons why we get hyperpigmentation.

 Causes of Hyperpigmentation

Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation can result when an area of the skin is injured in some way. This can include acne, allergic reactions on the skin, a cut or abrasion or a condition like eczema. The skin can become inflamed during the healing process and this can cause too much Melanin to be produced in the area of the injury. This particular type of Hyperpigmentation happens most often in people with darker skin but anyone can get it. The dark places will sometimes fade with time depending on how deep the damage is. The way to avoid this type of hyperpigmentation is not to pick on your skin. Treat acne blemishes with a spot treatment but don’t try to “pop” zits. Do your best to treat all skin issues without causing injury or scaring.

  • Age Spots are another type of Hyperpigmentation. These are often referred to as Liver or Sun Spots. They are usually seen as darker blotches on your face, hands and arms but can pop up anywhere on your body. These are caused mostly by exposure to the sun, pollution and environmental stress. These are usually permanent unless treated by a dermatologist. 
  • Melasma is also called “The Mask of Pregnancy”. Hormonal changes and imbalances cause this type of hyperpigmentation that is often seen in pregnant women. Once hormones return to normal the blotches and dark spots will usually disappear. This is can be an ongoing problem if you are taking birth control pills or have a thyroid disorder. There is really no way to avoid this type of hyperpigmentation if you are pregnant. If you’re taking birth control pills and dark patches are beginning to be a problem, maybe a different birth control is an option to explore with your doctor.

Hyperpigmentation Homeopathic Treatments  

Fortunately, there are things we can do to help reduce hyperpigmentation issues. Vitamins E, K and C will all help to diminish dark spots on our skin.

  • Wearing SPF +30 sunscreen daily, you can greatly reduce your chances of getting too many age spots.
  • Be sure that you are eating food rich in Vitamins E, C and K these vitamins but you also need to apply them topically to get the best results.
  • Topical solutions include Vitamine C rich leave on Serums 
  • Papaya Extract is a great ingredient to look for skin brightening benefits 



The Prickly Pear Seed Oil is an Organic solution that helps reduce hyper pigmentation giving you perfect skin that is more even and bright. 

What is Organic Prickly Pear Seed oil?

Organic Prickly Pear Seed Oil or Barbary fig seed is a perfect skin serum that is non greasy, fast absorbing with high content of Vitamin E and Vitamin K and is rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants. The oil improves the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and Hyper Pigmentation leaving the skin bright, glowing and soft. The prickly pear seed oil comedogenic rating is 0, which means it doesn’t clog pores.

How is Organic Prickly Pear Seed oil Made? 

The best Organic Prickly Pear seed oil is sourced from the South of Morocco. The oil is pressed from the seeds of the Opuntia Ficus Indica Cactus. 1 tonne of Cactus fruits are needed to extract 1 litre of Prickly Oil.

Which skin type is Organic Prickly Pear Oil suitable for?

Organic Prickly Pear Seed oil is suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin. The oil is non comedogenic and non acnegenic. For people with oily and acne prone skin the oil is a superpower ingredient for perfect skin and for those with dry skin, the oil is nourishing and soothing.

How Does Organic Prickly Pear Seed oil reduce Hyper Pigmentation? 

The  Organic Prickly Pear Seed oil has been proven to reduce the appearance of hyper pigmentation and deliver a perfect skin tone. It should be used daily for a few months for optimal results. The oil is very high in essential fatty acids and antioxidants which help fade the pigmentation. The Vitamin K found in the oil helps regulate skin coloration and also brightens age spots, freckles and under eye circles. The High content of Vitamin E found in the oil also helps brighten the hyper pigmentation. The Vitamin E is also a natural sun protector which together with sunscreen can protect you from UV rays. Additionally, the linoleum acid found in the oil has been proven to brighten sun-induced hyper-pigmentation. 

How to use the Organic Prickly Pear Seed oil? 

For perfect skin, apply one drop of prickly pear cactus seed oil if you have oily skin and two drops if your skin is normal or dry onto your hand and then massage the oil into your skin in a slow and circular motion. Massaging your skin helps stimulate blood cells which can reduce inflammations caused by pigmentation.

How Often Can I Use the Organic Prickly Pear Seed oil?

Organic Prickly Pear Seed oil can be used up to two times a day. In the morning you can use it before you apply your sunscreen for extra sun protection and in the evening you can use it as moisturiser and for treatment. 

DIY Recipe with Prickly Pear Seed oil for Hyper pigmentation 

Directions: Combine 1 drop of Pure Vitamin C oil and 1 drop pure PRICKLY SEEED OIL FACE SERUM and apply on your face in a circular motion. Use in the evening and finish up with your favourite moisturising cream. This Combination helps with treating hyper pigmentation and brightening your skin.

Note : Please do a patch test to avoid any irritation or allergic reaction. 

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