From breakouts to irritation, every seemingly unwanted skin condition is a means of communication. Our bodies are smart, and as such, they signal to us via aches, pains, and even acne that something’s up. Hyperpigmentation is one of those communication methods. Since you’re here, it’s probably safe to assume that you’ve dealt with this finicky condition in the past or are currently dealing with it and are looking for the solutions to get rid of the dark, overly pigmented spots that result from the overproduction of melanin in small and large marks on the skin.
I know as well as anyone that hyperpigmentation is no fun and that it takes a lot of time and patience to treat. (Read more about my journey here.) But listen. We all spend so much time staring at our own faces that every little mark or line can feel like the end of the world. Of course, there are many levels of hyperpigmentation and different severities that can leave us feeling self-conscious and having major “why me” moments, but hyperpigmentation is normal. In fact, dermatologists see it all the time and are constantly helping their patients identify the best treatment options. Take a deep breath and continue reading to learn about three common mistakes that can cause hyperpigmentation and to get the expert intel to help you avoid making them. Then, scroll on for an edit of the internet’s 14 favorite hyperpigmentation creams to help restore your skin tone to its clearest, most even state.