Treatment & Diagnosis

Hyperpigmentation and Skin Discolouration

If you suffer from uneven blotchy skin with brown marks, age spots, liver spots or freckles you may be suffering from Hyperpigmentation or Melasma.

How to achieve skin a clear, radiant skin

You don’t have to live with skin discolouration or hyperpigmented skin. It is possible to fade the pigment marks and help restore a clear even complexion. The skin cells have darkened due to injury. Excess sun exposure has caused the first injury.

Skin cells form hyperpigmented marks or sunspots in the skin to protect the skin cells against ultraviolet radiation. These sunspots can appear as freckles in young skins, brown age-spots, in our later years and melasma which are large symmetrical blotches when hormones are heightened, particularly during pregnancy or just after giving birth.

Post-acne scars cause other form or pigment damage. The skin has hyperpigmented or becomes red due to the trauma of the acne or from picking at blemishes.

Picking your skin will leave red or greyish post-breakout marks long after the infection disappears. Whether or not you picked at your blemish, it’s common for a red, dark, or purple mark to form. The scar has been caused by damage to the surrounding tissue, resulting in increased pigment activity. Acne-prone skin can also create a blemish to be red and inflamed when exposed to UV rays which stimulate the melanin (pigment) cells.

All forms of skin discolouration, hyperpigmentation, melasma or red, dark or purple scars left behind from blemishes fade with time. By using products with a blend of natural skin brighteners, gentle exfoliating AHA’s and chemical-free zinc sunscreen, you will see a dramatically noticeable improvement in promoting even-toned skin.

Customer's have told us

I'm thrilled with the results, I was always trying to cover my pigmentation with foundation and in 4 months my skin is almost back to normal.
In one month my freckles have lightened and the pigmentation is fading, I’ve finally found a product that is working.
I looked like I had a brown mask on my skin, 3 months after I gave birth to my son. After 30 days of using SuperNatural’s Skin Brightening System I experienced a 50% decrease in my pigmentation, and in 4 months it’s almost all gone. It feels great not to worry about using heavy make-up to hide my skin!.

The science behind hyperpigmentation and skin discolouration

Intentional and incidental sun exposure triggers skin discolouration causing skin cells to produce pigment (melanin), which darkens through oxidation.

There are two distinct types of pigment, brown to black and yellow to reddish-brown. These colour variations will show up in the skin, as darkened patches when skin discolouration occurs. It can manifest due to many different factors such as medication, illness, injury and hormonal issues.

Production of melanin is dependent on UV exposure and is a natural protective mechanism of the skin. The pigment cells try and defend the skin against ultraviolet radiation by absorbing the UV rays to form a protective shield or tan. When hyperpigmentation or skin discolouration occurs, pigment cells have ‘clumped’ together forming dark uneven pigment patches of colour. UV light activates a skin darkening enzyme called tyrosinase, which can lead to skin discolouration and hyperpigmentation in some people.

Our skin automatically stimulates pigment production to protect the DNA (genetic code) of our skin cells against sun damage. Excess sun exposure can damage the cell and could lead to skin cancer.

Natural bioactive ingredients limit the amount of pigment secreted by the pigment cells and have a 2-fold effect in our skin, they, slow down pigment production and help fade existing pigment discolouration.

Hyper pigmentation and discolouration

There are two distinct types of pigment, brown to black and yellow to reddish-brown.

How to treat hyperpigmentation and reduce skin discolouration

Targeting pigment cells with highly concentrated brightening, stabilising and UV protecting ingredients is essential for improving the appearance of uneven skin. Adopting this three-fold action helps the skin respond quickly, by brightening your complexion, slowing pigment production and replenishing skin radiance. It is also vitally important to protect your skin from the sun’s rays, to avoid the dark patches becoming darker.

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Slow down hyperpigmentation from being formed

By using natural, non-toxic ingredients such as N-acetyl glucosamine, mushroom and pine bark extract to interrupt and slow down the pigment producing process in the skin, we can limit pigment clusters and brown age-spots forming.

2

Help lighten and fade hyperpigmentation and brown marks

Niacinamide, liquorice root extract and antioxidants help normalise and calm uneven skin, reduce environmental damage and help fade dark spots and gradually lighten skin discolouration.

3

Protect your skin from forming hyperpigmentation

Protecting your skin from the sun is vital as this is the main trigger activating hyperpigmentation and brown spots. Natural zinc sunscreen forms a reflective barrier, on the surface of your skin shielding it from UVA & UVB heat radiation. Antioxidants such as green tea help reduce premature ageing and niacinamide soothes inflammation and balances the skin. The combination of these key ingredients helps restore skin clarity.

When choosing a good skincare range, it is essential to select scientifically proven ingredients in the correct combinations to address your skin concern, giving you the added assurance of the products being effective.

Hyperpigmentation and melasma routine

When treating, hyperpigmentation, melasma and red scars it is essential to use natural and active ingredients to slow pigment production, help brighten brown spots and protect your skin from the sun's rays and darkening existing skin discolouration. Use our 5-step process to regain skin clarity and a more even complexion.

1. Use the right cleanser

Radiance cleanser revitalises skin with ingredients that cleanse, brighten and gently exfoliate, improving skin tone and reducing pore size.

Radiance Cleanser – gently cleanses skin of impurities, dead skin cells and revives a dull, uneven complexion. This unique botanical blend of pomegranate, organic aloe and AHA’s help gently detoxify and improve skin texture and tone leaving the skin refreshed and radiant.

When to use

  • Complete this routine every morning and evening.

Application

  • Apply 1 to 2 pumps to skin
  • Add water with fingertips, cleanse for 30 seconds
  • Rinse thoroughly

2. Skin brightening serum

This unique formula uses a powerhouse mix of ingredients to target all signs of skin discolouration, helping brighten and reveal a more radiant complexion.

Lighten Botanical Serum is a dual-action ultra-brightening serum that helps fade age spots, hyperpigmentation, blemish marks and targets dark, patchy uneven skin visibly improving skin clarity and brightness—recapturing an even, glowing, perfect complexion.

When to use

  • Use every morning after cleansing. Can be used to spot treat discoloured patches
  • Use Perfect Skin Serum I or II first, then spot treat with Lighten Botanical Serum

Application

  • Apply 1 – 2 pumps, to face, massage into skin

3. Skin regenerating serum

This multi-functional serum goes to work immediately targeting all signs of premature ageing, improving skin colour and texture, enhancing hydration and restoring an even, smooth complexion.

Perfect Skin Serum I is a potent vitamin-enriched serum with retinal-A and anti-ageing skin-boosting botanicals. This formula improves skin quality and texture, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles and improves skin colour and an even-tone. Your skin will feel hydrated, firm and smooth and look radiant.

*Begin with Perfect Skin Serum I (.5% retinaldehyde) and graduate to level 2, Perfect Skin Serum II, (1% retinaldehyde).

When to use

  • In the evening after cleansing.
  • Initially use 3 x per week, gradually increasing to every 2nd night, then nightly.

Application

  • Apply 1-2 pumps, after cleansing
  • Massage into skin – avoiding eye area

4. Moisturise and Balance

Flawless skin is the goal and Radiance B3 helps boost and improve skin quality and vitality. This multi-potent moisturiser, balances, illuminates and increases skin immunity.

Radiance B3 Moisturiser is our potent vitamin B3 skin recovery formula that improves your over-all complexion, reducing signs of blemishes and congestion, restoring the skins natural protective function and helps even-out pigmentation spots and blemish marks.

When to use

  • Morning and evening over skin serums

Application

  • Apply 1 to 2 pumps to face and neck
  • Massage into skin

5. Protect your skin

Our natural non-greasy zinc-based sun protection fortifies, shields and protects your skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays preserving your skin.

Zinc SPF+ is uniquely formulated for troubled skin and helps reduce redness and prevent flare-ups. This non-oily protective matte sun shield is ideal for people with sunscreen sensitivities. Zinc and antioxidants boost environmental defences, and skin repair, green tea extracts and niacinamide help guard against signs of premature skin ageing, dark spots and skin discolouration.

When to use

  • Every morning as your last skincare step
  • Apply daily, on cloudy or sunny weather!

Application

  • Apply over moisturiser
  • Apply on face, neck, décolleté and on the back of your hands.

6. Exfoliate your skin

Exfoliation is beneficial in breaking up hyperpigmentation in the skin and removing dead skin cells that cause a dull complexion leaving your skin brighter and more radiant.

Resurface Exfoliating Gel is a triple-action gentle exfoliator with Lactic, Glycolic and Salicylic acid is a much-needed step in clearing dead skin cells, preventing blocked pores, removing flaky skin and brightening the complexion. This fast-acting pH balancing gel helps skin cell renewal and enhances the penetration of active ingredients for perfect looking skin, smaller pores and a refined texture.

When to use

  • Exfoliate 1-3 times per week in the evening after cleansing.

Application

  • Apply after cleansing
  • Leave 10-15 minutes
  • Rinse off (avoid eye area)

*Resilient skin may be able to leave Resurface Exfoliating Gel on overnight. Use over Perfect Skin Serum I or II (*FIRST use as indicated above to test skin resilience)

7. Tinted Moisturiser and Primer

Tinted moisturisers combine UV protection and a colour-base to enhance your complexion, giving you a healthy glow and protecting your skin from the sun.

3-in-1 non-greasy moisturising colour correcting and sun protecting moisturiser gives excellent coverage, without clogging pores and is the perfect alternative to foundation, for all skin types including problem, sensitive and blemished skin.

When to use

  • Apply as your last step over moisturiser or as a moisturiser
  • Can be used as a foundation morning and evening

Application

  • Apply 1 -2 pumps over your serum or moisturiser
  • Blend well all over face and jaw line
  • For additional long-lasting coverage and protection, apply pure Mineral Veil Foundation

8. Flawless skin and sun protection

Enhance your skin with natural pure Mineral Veil powder foundation, for a natural or flawless finish. Choose from natural or warm undertones for the perfect colour match.

Mineral Veil Foundation, is a pure mineral powder makeup suitable for all skin types. It sits well on skin, camouflaging uneven skin tone, blemishes, scars and sunspots and does not gather in fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin E helps soothe skin and zinc, and titanium dioxide help protect skin against UV damage and give your skin additional sun protection.

When to use

  • Use daily as your first choice in skin colour foundation

Application

  • Apply foundation as your last step
  • Lightly layer over moisturiser, Zinc SPF+ sunscreen or Perfection Tinted moisturiser
  • Choose the correct undertone for your skin – natural (pink-beige) or warm (yellow undertone)

9. Inner Skin Health

Detox greens go hand-in-hand with acne and melasma skin care.

Purity Wholefood Powder is a nutrient rich prebiotic greens powerhouse designed to support a healthy liver and gut. An inner beauty greens food suitable for gut health, acne, eczema, milia, psoriasis, digestive health and hormonal pigmentation. Detox greens goes hand-in-hand with cleanse and acne skincare products and hormonal imbalance.

Application

Blend 2 level teaspoons (7g) to 200ml of water, smoothies or juice or sprinkle over cereal to increase nutrient intake as part of a balanced and nutritious diet. (Nutritionist developed)

10. Inner Skin Health

Give your anti-ageing and treatment serums an extra internal kick.

Infinity Wholefood Powder is a powerful blend of organic antioxidant superfoods rich source of organic vitamins, minerals and herbs to support healthy ageing. Suitable for wrinkles, age spots, premature ageing of the skin, sun damage, red skin, dilated capillaries, pigmentation, collagen, anti-oxidant protection and dry skin. This nutritional vegan formula gives your anti-ageing serums an extra internal boost!

Application

Blend 2 level teaspoons (7g) to 200ml of water, smoothies or juice or sprinkle over cereal to increase nutrient intake as part of a balanced and nutritious diet. (Nutritionist developed)