How to Prevent Hyperpigmentation This Summer

Women applying zinc sunscreen to protect against hyperpigmentation


Having an even skin tone and a pigment-free complexion is easier said than done when summer comes around. The harsh UV rays we get during Australia's hottest time of the year makes our skin vulnerable to hyperpigmentation. 

Hyperpigmentation shows up at its best through freckles, and at its worst, through irritation, skin discolouration and accelerated aging. 

So what is the deal with hyperpigmentation? 

Because each skin is unique, a pigmentation might look different on you than someone else. To prevent hyperpigmentation from developing this summer, it is crucial to look for certain signs, choose the proper prevention method, and treat already-damaged skin to inhibit further harm. 

Signs of Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation occurs as a result of inflammation. This inflammation can be caused by a hormonal imbalance through acne, an autoimmune reaction - such as eczema or psoriasis - or simply through extensive sun exposure. 

As a result, hyperpigmentation can develop in several ways

  • Melasma. This condition develops as a result of hormonal change. Melasma are large patches of darkened skin that can appear anywhere on the body. Experts have noted a prevalence of melasma in people with dark skin tones and during pregnancy - as patches develop on the stomach. 
  • Post-inflammatory pigmentation. This can be triggered as a result of injuries and inflammation. Spots and patches of darkened skin are common on the face and neck. It's been noted that post-inflammatory pigmentation is more prevalent from eczema, acne, or skin-altering injuries. 
  • Age and sunspot. Caused over time by excessive sun exposure, they appear as dark spots and freckles all over the skin. A prevalence in people with light or fair skin tone and older adults is common as the skin is more vulnerable.

How to Prevent Hyperpigmentation

Inflammation is the most important factor influencing hyperpigmentation. This means that the best way to avoid wrecking your skin is to manage the inflammation in the first place. 

For hormonal or autoimmune inflammation, following an appropriate treatment and diet recommended by a healthcare professional is key. Additionally, being mindful of sun exposure and shielding yourself with clothes and sunscreen is the strongest form of prevention anyone can treat their skin with. 

Health professionals recommend:

  • A physical block sunscreen with active zinc
  • An SPF 30 to 50
  • A broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB
  • Daily application every 2 hours if you're exposed to the sun.

Treating Damaged Skin

If your skin is already suffering from some level of hyperpigmentation, keep positive... As there are ways to treat and reverse the damage. 

Dermatologists note that embracing a skincare routine rich in antioxidants - such as vitamin C and E - can boost skin cell regeneration and repair damage. LED and laser treatments are also minimally invasive and can reduce the appearance of dark spots and discolouration. 

Adding more sunscreen to your beauty routine is crucial to prevent further damage and darkening. And if you use a sunscreen rich in natural and healing ingredients, it can also support your skin from regenerating. Our tinted zinc contains things like coconut oil, olive oil, and cocoa butter, which have shown to be beneficial for the skin. 

Many hyperpigmentation problems can be prevented with sunscreen. So this summer, make sure you apply it all over yourself. Your complexion will thank you for it. 

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