Understanding Pigment Inhibitors: The Science and our Top Picks!

28.04.2023


Pigment inhibitors have become increasingly popular in the skincare industry, and for good reason. These compounds have been proven to effectively reduce the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation, which can be caused by a variety of factors including sun exposure, hormonal changes, and inflammation. In this blog, we'll take a closer look at what pigment inhibitors are, how they work, and how to incorporate them into your skincare routine. 


What are pigment inhibitors?


Pigment inhibitors are a class of compounds that work to reduce the production of melanin, the pigment responsible for giving skin its colour. They work by inhibiting the activity of an enzyme called tyrosinase, which plays a key role in the production of melanin. By reducing the activity of this enzyme, pigment inhibitors can help to reduce the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation.

There are several different types of pigment inhibitors, each with its own unique mechanism of action. Some of the most commonly used pigment inhibitors in skincare include Arbutin, Kojic Acid, Tranexamic Acid and Azelaic Acid. 


How do pigment inhibitors work?


Pigment inhibitors work by reducing the activity of the tyrosinase enzyme, which is involved in the production of melanin. Melanin is produced in cells called melanocytes, which are located in the skin's epidermis. When these cells are stimulated, they produce more melanin, which can lead to dark spots and hyperpigmentation.

Pigment inhibitors work by blocking or interfering with various steps in the melanin production pathway. 


How to integrate pigment inhibitors into your skincare routine.



If you're looking to incorporate pigment inhibitors into your skincare routine, there are several different products and formulations to choose from. When using a product containing a pigment inhibitor, it's important to follow the instructions carefully. In general, most pigment inhibitors are safe to use daily, but it's always a good idea to start with a patch test to make sure that you don't experience any adverse reactions.


Here are some tips on how to use a pigment inhibitor in your skincare regimen:


Start with clean skin: Use a gentle cleanser to remove dirt, oil, and makeup, and then pat your skin dry.


Apply the pigment inhibitor: Depending on the product you're using, you may need to apply it to specific areas of your skin or all over your face. Follow the instructions on the product packaging to determine the amount you need to use and how often to apply it. 


Follow with moisturiser: After applying your pigment inhibitor, follow up with a moisturiser to help lock in hydration and keep your skin looking healthy and radiant. Look for a moisturiser that's lightweight and non-greasy, and that's formulated for your skin type.


Apply sunscreen: Since sun exposure is a major cause of hyperpigmentation, it's important to wear sunscreen every day. Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, and apply it generously to your face and neck.


Be patient: Pigment inhibitors can take several weeks to show results, so be patient and consistent with your use. 


By incorporating a pigment inhibitor into your skincare routine and following these tips, you can help reduce the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation, and achieve a more even, radiant complexion. By inhibiting the activity of the tyrosinase enzyme, these compounds can help to reduce the production of melanin, leading to a more even skin tone. Whether you're dealing with age spots, sun damage, or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, incorporating a pigment inhibitor into your skincare routine can help you achieve a brighter, more radiant complexion.  



Our Favourite Pigment Inhibitors

Even Tone Correcting Serum 50ml

SkinBetter Science's Even Tone Correcting Serum is a groundbreaking, non-hydroquinone, non-retinol, multi-action skin evening serum that delivers a dramatic reduction in the appearance of hyperpigmentation. *This is a specialty product sold only by online consultation. Click 'Order Now' and fill in...

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An exceptional skin brightening and stimulating corrective serum, Cosmedix Elite X-Cell + brings Vitamin A complex together with powerful antioxidants and botanical extracts to gently exfoliate skin, revealing a lighter, brighter, more evenly toned complexion.  *Not suitable for pregnancy and...

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Aspect Platinum Essential Duo | Age Defying Complex 30ml

Say hello to Aspect Essential Duo Age Defying Complex, a high-potency, intensive anti-aging serum, designed to tackle multiple pathways associated with photoaging! This powerful combination of peptides and natural active ingredients is specially formulated to enhance skin tone and clarity...

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Complete Pigment Plus Age Support Serum 30ml

Aspect Dr Complete Pigment Plus Age Support Serum is a ground-breaking solution to pigment correction. This effective yet gentle serum is formulated with antioxidants and phytoestrogens to visibly minimise the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, skin discolouration, and age spots....

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Simply Brilliant 30ml

Cosmedix Simply Brilliant is a gentle yet powerful brightening serum that eliminates dark spots and pigmentation for more evenly-toned and radiant skin. Packed with ten plant-based brightening ingredients, Cosmedix Simply Brilliant targets existing pigmentation while preventing new problem areas.  *Not suitable...

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Pigment Gel Pro 29ml

Experience a visibly dramatic reduction in the appearance of stubborn discoloration. This advanced, dermatologically tested corrective helps fade the size and intensity of dark spots while helping protect against the appearance of new dark spots. Its industry-leading, hydroquinone-free formula is...

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Pigment Gel Pro 29ml

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