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Q&A Tuesday: Hyperpigmentation Nation

Hey ladies! Apropos of nothing…why did I wake up this morning with gum stuck to the back of my neck? What grown ass woman falls asleep with gum in her mouth? And how did it get there? My hair was up in a bun, thank god. ‘Cause if I had to cut off my shizz over some Trident, somebody, somewhere would have to pay. I choose Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Marlo because I find her presence wholly intolerable.

Your value system is terrifying, woman.

Okay, so we have a winner for last week’s SYB Freebie giveaway! I promised a Mally Beauty Everclear Poreless Face Defender ($40) to the SYB Babe with the most universal beauty question — which goes to VNikol! Congrats, tenderoni. Here’s her question and the answer:

Q: I really wanna know what works to eliminate hyperpigmentation. Not kinda sorta, but what WORKS. I’ve been able to lighten it up (naturally – no harsh crazy hydroquinone for moi) in certain areas but others have not budged no matter what I do. So what’s the scoop on kickin’ this discoloring madness to the curb 4reals? — VNikol

A: Hyperpigmentation sucks. You know the dark spots and uneven skin tone you get after an acne flare-up, or a scratch heals, or a tan fades? That discoloration is called hyperpigmentation. It’s prevalent among blacks, Asians and Latinas and it’s a biiiatch to get rid of. For a long time, dark spots were treated with products containing hydroquinone, a powerful chemical skin-lightener, but folks found out that if you use it long enough you’ll get a reverse result — more discoloration (and, um, possible liver damage). No thank you, ma’am.

Hyperpigmentation targets blacks, Asians and Latinas. Supermodels Liu Wen and Joan Smalls have clearly escaped its clutches.

So what’s a be-spotted beauty to do? First of all, you need to be exfoliating every day. Sloughing off dead skin cells helps slowly strip away the darkness, making way for fresh, new cells and illuminating your complexion. I’m having a torrid affair with Boscia Smoothing Facial Polish, a super-gentle, paraben and fragrance-free botanical scrub that sweetly buffs my skin to a baby-soft glow without a hint of irritation (make sure you apply on damp, cleansed skin). Secondly, you need a spot treatment for your dark spots, like Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Corrector and Kiehls Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution — all of which are cute, HQ-free options for low-key fading.

Kiehls Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

But if you have large areas with dark spots, or a stubborn unevenness that won’t lighten no matter what you do, then drop everything and get into Rx for Brown Skin. The award-winning line was created by the famous black dermatologist, Dr. Susan Taylor, who’s at the top of her game and also looks exactly like Jasmine Guy.


Bummed by the lack of options for pigmentation disorders, Dr. Taylor spent twenty years researching and whipping up a system solely devoted to preventing and treating discoloration. And it’s genius — Transformation City, population one. VNikol, I don’t know what your specific issue is, but I’d suggest the Complete Flawless Skin System ($49.95), which comes with the collection’s five superstar products: Absolute Radiance Intensive Exfoliating Serum, Naturally Flawless Advanced Botanical Brightener, Age Block UV Shield SFP 15, Gentle Foaming Cleanser for Normal Skin and Exfoliating Toner for Normal to Oily Skin.

Rx for Brown Skin Advanced Botanical Brightener and Intensive Exfoliating Serum, both miracle-workers.

In a nutshell, if you follow the regimen, you can start the summer with the brightest, most even-toned complexion there ever was. Salud!

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  1. April 3, 2012 5:36 am 

    I’m still happy dancing as I read this! I never win anything, I’m so excited! Can’t wait for my first Mally Roncal product, I have a feeling its gonna have me hooked. Your response hits the spot for me…embarrassed sharing fast approaching…my hyperpigmentation is the result of having PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome aka one ugly hormonal imbalance). Drastically changing my diet & using African black soap has helped clear up & even-out my skin but my thighs seem to think cooperation is optional, so I’m definitely going to try the kit by RX for Brown Skin. I remember your post back when it launched but I never tried it. Now I will, cuz I need this situation cleared up pronto… thanks again Tia! xoxo

  2. Lily
    April 3, 2012 2:40 pm 

    You may have saved my skin!! Trying this regimen

  3. Codie Elaine
    April 9, 2012 9:08 pm 

    I’m really excited to try this Boscia!