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The Role of Vitamin C in Hyperpigmentation and Dark Spots: Treatment and Prevention

by Lauren on May 23, 2023

The Role of Vitamin C in Hyperpigmentation and Dark Spots

Hyperpigmentation and dark spots are very common skin concerns and occur as a result of increased melanin production due to sun exposure, hormonal changes, aging and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, other causes also include Addison’s disease and melasma.


Preventing Hyperpigmentation

It’s nearly impossible to try and prevent every cause of hyperpigmentation, but there are some provisions we can take to help avoid hyperpigmentation. Methods to help prevent hyperpigmentation include: wearing sunscreen every day and reapplying throughout the day to reduce damage caused by the sun and incorporating Vitamin C into your skincare routine.


This serum is hypoallergenic with a low concentration of Vitamin C to avoid skin irritation but still provides antioxidant effects to get rid of dull skin and leave skin looking bright and feeling great.


Vitamin C is the answer!

Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is known for its many benefits including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. As well as these amazing properties, it also inhibits melanin production by reducing the activity of an enzyme called tyrosinase.


Due to this ability, Vitamin C is an essential skin care addition for those dealing with hyperpigmentation as it reduces dark-spot-causing melanin and helps promote healthy-looking skin!


Vitamin C can be incorporated into your skincare routine in many ways, from cleansers to serums, which include a percentage of Vitamin C in their ingredients. Oftentimes, those with very high levels of Vitamin C can be irritating so be sure to check a suitable content percentage for your skin type.


This serum is EAAsy (Ethyl Ascorbic Acid) and effective!


A product with a great balance of effectiveness, yet skin kindness is the Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Charging Serum, containing 10% 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C derivative) and Niacinamide which form a magic combination with dark spot reduction as well as blemish prevention to give skin a bright and radiant glow!


As well as the two main ingredients, the serum also contains a mixture of vitamins E, B3, B5 and madecassoside (Centella Asiatica) to help reduce fine-lines and brighten skin complexion. Simply apply 1-2 pumps of the serum onto slightly damp, cleansed skin and follow up with another serum and/or moisturizer. (Please note that retinol-containing products should not be used with this serum).


Overall, hyperpigmentation can occur due to a variety of reasons, and whilst avoiding every single cause would be impossible, helping your skin by including Vitamin C in your routine is a great way of preventing hyperpigmentation and leaving your skin looking radiant!


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