Benign blemishes (known in medical terms as hyperpigmentation) constitute one of the most common skin problems, present in more than 90% of people over fifty. Consequently, finding the right depigmenting cream is clearly vital.
People don’t stop searching for information about depigmenting treatments, so in this post we are delving into the realm of depigmenting creams, their principles, what to look out for to choose the right one and other recommendations.
What is a depigmenting cream?
The basic definition is that it is a topical solution with ingredients that can regulate the visible action of the enzyme tyrosinase. This enzyme catalyses the production of melanin, which is the pigment responsible for the skin's colour, hyperpigmentation and blemishes.
These ingredients usually include active substances such as alphahydroxy acids (mainly glycolic acid) for their surface exfoliation capacity, the antioxidants niacinamide (a form of vitamin B3) and phytic acid or tranexamic, azelaic and kojic acids.
How do I choose the right depigmenting cream?
Depigmenting creams abound in the market, but (as you well know) not all creams are suitable for all skin types. The different factors to take into account include:
- Type of blemish: blemishes caused by sun exposure are not the same as blemishes from a hormonal alteration, an inflammatory injury or skin ageing.
- Hyperpigmentation location: the most commonly affected areas are usually the face-neck-décolletage, as well as the intimate areas (pubic area, groin and perianal area).
- Skin type: different skin types (lighter or darker, dry or oily) have different characteristics and react differently to external factors.
Based on these factors, and following the advice of a dermatologist or dermo-aesthetic practitioner, you should choose the right solutions for your particular needs. Perhaps the ideal option is a cream for daily use that acts gradually like melan tran3x gel cream, or maybe a regenerating and homogenising solution like brightening peel booster.
On the other hand, hyperpigmentation in intimate areas should be remedied with specific products like dermamelan intimate gel, formulated not only to have excellent corrective capacity, but also to provide protective qualities that are especially necessary for delicate areas.
Some products, such as cosmelan 2 and dermamelan treatment, are depigmenting facial creams for home use that are part of more extensive professional or medical treatments, and therefore require monitoring by a professional, which is advisable if the hyperpigmentation is intense and the aim is to achieve long-lasting results.
When and for how long should they be used?
Another very common, and logical question. After all, we are talking about products that include brighteners and exfoliators, consequently, misusing or overusing them can cause irritation, redness or even a darkening effect.. This is why it is important to take precautions regarding the time and duration of use of any depigmenting cream.
UV exposure can make hyperpigmentation get worse so it is essential to protect the skin from sunlight with powerful broad spectrum photoprotectors (SPF 50+ for the face and SPF 30 for the body)
As for the period of use, in the case of the brightening peel booster and dermamelan intimate gel depigmenting creams, they can be applied daily and once a day. As for melan tran3x gel cream, we recommend applying it twice a day.
On the other hand, it is important to remember that depigmenting treatments do not usually have a flash effect, that is, their effects take around four to six weeks to become visible.
To each their own depigmenting cream
As always, we recommend that you consult your skin health specialist or dermatologist to find the ideal solution for your dermis.