The very first thing on your checklist when tackling hyperpigmentation should be SPF! SPF will protect your skin against UV damage and will prevent the pigmentation problem from worsening, so make sure you apply a good SPF daily or invest in a moisturiser containing SPF. To help you choose, we have complied a list of the best SPF moisturisers, which you can view here.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a can interfere with an important enzyme in melanin (the skins pigment) production, called tyrosinase. Vitamin C is a great choice when selecting products for hyperpigmentation as it’s considered to be an ingredient with few/no side effects and can be used in combination with other therapies successfully.

Below are some products containing Vitamin C that we would recommend for hyperpigmentation:


Alpha and beta hydroxy acids (AHA’s and BHA’s) have made a name for themselves in the cosmetic industry in the last few years, with glycolic acid and salicylic acid being the most popular. AHA’s and BHA’s are chemical exfoliants, which can brighten and renew our complexion and reduce the appearance of pigmentation spots, especially those associated with ageing.

Below are some products containing AHA’s/BHA’s that we would recommend for hyperpigmentation:

Liquorice root extract

Liquorice contains a molecule called glabridin, which blocks the production and deposition of the skins pigment, melanin. By blocking this enzyme, it reduces the amount of melanin that can be produced, so leads to lightening of the skin and reduction of pigmentation marks.

Below are some products containing liquorice extract that we would recommend for hyperpigmentation:

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