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Treating Hyperpigmentation

Whether it’s sun damage, melasma, acne scarring, or age spots…. Hyperpigmentation is a common concern for a lot of my clients. Hyperpigmentation is the darker pigment that forms when your skin is damaged. The pigmentation process is made up of multiple steps, meaning that when melanocytes are triggered by external forces such as sunlight or injury, a complex chemical process begins that continues even after the trigger has been removed.


The 5 steps of the pigmentation process are: (1) Trigger, (2) Inflammation, (3) Melanin Production, (4) Melanin Transfer, and (5) Exfoliation. When the melanocytes are triggered into inflammation and melanin production, this occurs deep in the dermis where these cells live. The melanin pigment is then transferred to the keratinocyte cells, which migrate upward towards the skin’s surface through the normal process of exfoliation. By incorporating key products into your skincare routine, you can help treat existing pigmentation concerns and prevent future damage.


If you’ve been following me for awhile you know that I LOVE iS Clinical products. It’s a clean, pure, safe and botanical-based medical grade skin care line that I have been using for years! Two iS Clinical products that are great for treating hyperpigmentation are Brightening Complex and Brightening Serum.



IS Clinical’s Brightening Complex is a hyperpigmentation hero that addresses all 5 steps in the pigmentation process. Not only does it help to improve the appearance of uneven skin tone, it also provides controlled exfoliation, increases skin hydration, and helps with fine lines and wrinkles, all without using damaging ingredients such as hydroquinone. This AM treatment is excellent for safe brightening, hydration, and is packed with antioxidants.




IS Clinical's Brightening Serum is an excellent PM booster to help target and safely lighten hyperpigmentation spots and/or melasma. It helps to safely brighten the complexion, smooth and soften the skin, and provides both rapid and long-term visible improvements in a hydroquinone-free formula.








When using both serum and complex it can cause a peeling phase. Not everyone

experiences this, but I like to be upfront that this is completely normal especially with this aggressive of a protocol. I would recommend starting with Brightening Complex and slowly add in Brightening Serum when you are ready for a more aggressive treatment. Brightening Complex is also an excellent spot treatment to target specific areas of concern.




Sun exposure is the number one trigger for the development of irregular pigmentation, so remember that sunscreen is not just for summer! Make sure you back up your brightening regimen with an excellent sunscreen such as Extreme Protect SPF 30 or Eclipse SPF 50.

Click HERE to learn more and purchase Brightening Complex!

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