One of the hardest skin concerns to address is hyperpigmentation, which can show up on your skin in the form of freckles, dark spots and even melasma, making the skin look dull and uneven in both tone and color. Hyperpigmentation can be triggered by a number of factors, such as chronic UV exposure, hormonal fluctuations, acne blemishes or inflammatory responses.

It's important to talk to your physician or skincare specialist before diving into the "skin brightening" section of the skincare aisle. Some strong active ingredients such as hydroquinone or retinol could provide the punch you need to clear up dark spots, but they can also cause adverse aesthetic effects in darker skin tones or patients with sensitive skin.

If you have severe, stubborn hyperpigmentation, your physician or skincare specialist could suggest alternative in-office procedures that could penetrate or exfoliate the skin more deeply. Many treatments can be effective, such as chemical peels, intense pulsed light (IPL) and microdermabrasion to name a few, but it's important to find the right one for your skin type and lifestyle.

Depending on which treatment is the best course of action for your skin, your ZO® physician can recommend Brightalive® Serum Accelerated, a boosted concentration of a ZO® favorite, Brightalive® Skin Brightener, which is chockful of anti-inflammatory ingredients to calm and soothe your post-procedure skin.

To upkeep your in-office results at-home, or even if you’re just treating mild pigmentation issues, you can add Brightalive® Skin Brightener into any daily protocol to increase skin luminosity, skin clarity and fade the appearance of dark spots. It's the safe at-home option for patients with darker or sensitive skin who want to avoid retinol and hydroquinone. If you're already a fan of 10% Vitamin C, adding on Brightalive® will give your skin and extra boost and help you reach "glowing" status.

If you're new to skin brightening, maybe even skincare in general, start with the Skin Brightening Program, which consists of four daily essentials, plus Brightalive®. For a customized protocol, make sure to visit a us here at the Idaho Skin Institute for further assistance.

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