Dark patches on one’s face are quite common, with hyperpigmentation affecting over 5 million people in the USA alone. While the condition itself is not usually dangerous, an uneven skin tone can affect self-confidence. Fortunately, there are effective solutions readily available.
Senté offers non-prescription, medical-grade skincare products that are highly recommended by dermatologists. Read on to discover how to get rid of dark patches on your skin.
1. Recognize the Cause
While it’s not always possible to prevent hyperpigmentation from occurring, your first step should be to try to determine why it’s happening in the first place. From there, you can make lifestyle changes and select a relevant product.
Dark patches on the face occur when the body produces too much melanin (the natural pigment that gives skin its color). The hyperpigmentation may be due to hormonal changes, inflammatory conditions, or prolonged exposure to the sun without proper protection.
Let’s take a look at some products in the next steps that can help you achieve a more even skin tone.
2. Start Using Cysteamine
Cysteamine is a potent antioxidant that has been used in skincare products for over 50 years and is an excellent choice for those seeking a non-hydroquinone skin-lightening agent.
The great thing about cysteamine is that you can use it as part of your everyday skincare routine. It’s gentle, safe for long-term use, biocompatible, and well-tolerated. Cysteamine works for all skin types, targeting key causes of hyperpigmentation and inflammation, promoting a healthy skin barrier, and visibly improving the appearance of dark spots.
2. Always Wear a Mineral Sunscreen
Because hyperpigmentation is frequently caused by exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet light (as well as visible blue light from the screens of electronic devices), incorporating sunscreen into your regular skincare routine can work wonders in reducing dark patches on the face.
Our mineral sunscreens are formulated with 100% UV filters, like zinc oxide, that act as a barrier between harmful light and your skin. Additionally, we add iron oxide to our sunscreens for protection against free radicals, airborne pollutants, and other environmental stressors.
As you research how to get rid of dark patches on your skin, you’ll find that taking preventative measures can go a long way in stopping hyperpigmentation before it occurs. While chemical sunscreens are better than no sunscreen at all, physical sunscreens are even more effective, because they start working immediately, they offer broad-spectrum protection, and there are no potentially harmful chemicals being absorbed into your skin.
3. Try Using Retinol
While seeking solutions for dark patches on the face, consider retinol. Retinol is a potent vitamin A derivative that offers a myriad of benefits, including creating a more even-looking skin tone, increasing skin firmness, improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and restoring the skin barrier. Senté retinol products also help reduce the appearance of redness and dryness, thanks to its heparan sulfate analog formula (HSA)..
Retinol may be notorious for its harshness, but Senté retinol products are gentle enough for people with sensitive skin to enjoy the benefits. Retinol works by stimulating the skin and accelerating skin cell turnover, causing the skin to produce more elastin and collagen while also reducing pore size.
4. Turn to Heparan Sulfate Analog (HSA)
Heparan Sulfate Analog (HSA) is an outstanding choice for dark patches on the face caused by inflammation. Senté designed, modified, and patented HSA technology, revolutionizing the skincare industry.
Heparan sulfate is a natural molecule found within our bodies. It’s used to help mend inflamed, damaged skin. As we age, our bodies' heparan sulfate supply diminishes. Heparan sulfate in its standard form cannot be added to skincare products because of its negative charge and high molecular weight. Senté made it possible to reap the benefits of heparan sulfate through topical, medical-grade skincare products.
HSA boosts the skin’s natural immune response to inflammation and improves the skin’s ability to renew itself from within. HSA can help diminish the appearance of inflammation-induced hyperpigmentation and dark patches on the face by improving overall skin tone and texture. HSA also reduces visible redness, strengthens barrier function, promotes deep hydration, and helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Shop Even-Toned Skincare Solutions
Knowing how to get rid of dark patches on your skin is the first step. Senté offers a variety of skincare products for hyperpigmentation, so you can find an effective solution. Cysteamine is a very popular choice and a great place to start. If you’re not sure which product is right for you, take our skincare quiz or contact us for expert guidance.
Take back control of your skin, so you can feel like yourself again. Shop, clean, medical-grade skincare products at Senté.