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Hyperpigmentation EXTRASHADE

There has never been an era where research into beauty has peaked to the level that there’s a skin product suitable for all skin types. Days of skin bleaching are fading away, people of color are starting to accept the beauty of their skin and also, have started patronizing beauty products in sync with their skin type but yet, many people are not aware enough of the impact of hyperpigmentation when it comes to people of color. The fact is 1 out 3 people belong to the multi-cultural community, which is growing at a faster pace than the country as a whole. For this growing population who has extra pigmentation, more melanin, there is an overlooked solution to their primary health and beauty concerns of hyperpigmentation and discoloration.

Till date, not only does most of the ethnic community believe in the natural ability of melanin in blocking away harmful radiation from the sun, the Caucasian community also maintain such belief. They are not totally wrong, melanin does play an important role in protecting the skin from UVA and UVB rays but it doesn’t possess the capacity to provide full body protection against them. Because skin with more melanin is sensitive, fragile and particularly highly reactive, it suffers from a complexity of problems as it gets overexposed to UV rays. For example, the greater concentration of melanin in individuals with rich complexions is very responsive to sunlight, making these skin tones more susceptible to discoloration. There are many different conditions that can cause discoloration but the most common is Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH).

Post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation refers to a condition or a disorder particularly accustomed to darker skin types. It’s also known as acquired melanosis; it follows injury to the skin such as damage to the epidermis with deposition of melanin within the keratinocytes (skin cells). Inflammation in the epidermis stimulates melanocytes to increase melanin synthesis and to transfer the pigment to surrounding keratinocytes.

Hyperpigmentation occurs when internal or external factors cause an increase in melanin production, leading to skin discoloration, most frequently on areas exposed to the sun. Although melanin is vital in giving the hair and skins its color, overproduction of melanin is the harbinger of hyperpigmentation. PIH happens when injury, rash, acne or any other kind of influence causes inflammation to the skin. What happens next is the excessive production of melanosomes by melanocytes, it is these melanosomes that house synthesized melanin and a pigmentation enzyme called tyrosinase that initiates the melanin production. The final stage is the discoloration of the wounded area by the excessive melanocytes, lingering there long after the initial wound has recovered.

PIH usually appears as flat spots of discoloration. These patches range from brown or black spots depending on skin tone. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is a serious issue because it affects all skin types but vulnerability is highest with darker skin tones. There is no discrimination of gender both men and women are equally prone to PIH too. Picking pimples is a bad idea as it could increase the chance of developing post inflammatory hyperpigmentation especially if you’re the type to fall victim to prolonged exposure to the sun without protection.

The good news is PIH is highly unlikely to have permanent skin impact such as scarring and it can be handled without invasive treatment, saving you cash and trips to the dermatologist. The recovery rate of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation can compete with the gestation period of a baby elephant. It ranges from three to 24 months; no one has time for that. But most importantly, the timing depends on the difference in skin tone between the natural skin tone and the darkened patches; the more significant the difference, the longer it will take for the tones to rebalance. But we all know that prevention is better than cure, what if there’s an affordable, stress-free way in simultaneously having a glowing skin and preventing the adverse effects of PIH? Look no further, an innovative sunscreen was created for dark skin tones, just perfect for that healthy and radiant skin free of blemish. EXTRASHADE Daily Defense Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF30 is the best sunscreen for hyperpigmentation has it contains vitamins that heal post-inflammatory scars and spots.

EXTRASHADE sunscreen is a lavish mix that works synergistically to control and enhance the effects of melanin; pomegranate, a powerful antioxidant, extracts of coconut, hibiscus rosa-sinensis, and kiwi are also present in the products to create the perfect mix to help maintain optimum hydration levels and soothe inflammation. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation can be removed through laser therapy and chemical peels but such come attached with side effects, EXTRASHADE is manufactured without harmful chemicals but with natural ingredients that will make your skin glow. To maintain healthy and great looking skin, use your daily sunscreen lotion.


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