Facial blemishes and hyperpigmentation issues are a constant issue for many of us across the US, especially as we age and out skin loses valuable compounds like collagen and elastin. These vital skincare proteins are designed to not only defend the skin, but to help keep the skin clean, clear and provide it with its smooth outer appearance, plumpness, elasticity and much more! One of the worst things that happens to our skin as a result of aging however, is that we are a lot more susceptible to sun-damage and issues that can lead to major discolorations or hyperpigmentation issues and surface scarring. At Treiber Dermatology, Dr. Eric Treiber MD and his team will often recommend patients try certain skin lightening or brightening and rejuvenation treatments or a skin brightening product known as hydroquinone—a brightening agent that has been proven to be highly effective. Despite its effectiveness though, Dr. EricTreiber MD and other skincare experts are showing more and more concern about the side effects of long term hydroquinone use – causing them to seek out more natural means of treatment and products. Here are some of the best natural products to treat these common skincare issues.Kojic Acid
A fungus-derived natural lightening agent, Kojic Acid is created from a fermentation process. according to Dr. Eric Treiber MD, It prohibits the production of melanin and penetrates the upper layers of the skin causing a lightening effect. It can sometimes cause mild redness, but it is a safe and smart alternative to hydroquinone.Licorice
You would never guess, but licorice root contains two ingredients that help with pigmentation: glabridin and liquiritin. Glabridin helps to retrain tyrosinase, an enzyme that produces melanin which leads to pigmentation. Liquiritin helps to break up and remove melanin and pigmentation in the skin. this makes licorice an effective treatment for dark spots and complex surface skin issues. in addition, it is widely known to smooth and settle the skin’s complexion, giving you a nice even, healthy tone and texture.Niacinamide or Vitamin B3
Niacinamide, or vitamin B3, can be used to fade age spots and lighten discoloration of the skin. It’s effective with hyperpigmentation because it decreases the amount of melanin transferred to pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) to skin cells by more than half. It doesn’t stop the production of melanin, but it reduces the amount that is transferred to the skin – drastically reliving dark spots and discolorations. According to Dr. Eric Treiber MD, this is very popular in many serums and ointments.Vitamin C
One of the most effective antioxidant compounds around, vitamin c does more than just keep you away from that nasty flu. It works by brightening hyperpigmented spots on the skin, but not lightening normal skin. Another huge benefit is its ability to stimulate cellular regeneration – it can help to create the healthy, glowing skin free of all those nasty unwanted blemishes.
These skin brighteners are all highly effective as they each offer at least one other amazing benefit as well. For more information on skin treatment be sure to contact Treiber Dermatology today.