How to get rid of pigmentation

Simple, easy tricks to fade dark patches and an uneven tone

Hyperpigmentation is caused by the pigment-producing cells in your skin going into overdrive.

There are many causes for this – hormones, pollution, blemish marks – but the sun is the number one culprit.

Thankfully there are many products featuring both tried-and-trusted and innovative ingredients to help you both prevent and tackle existing pigmentation. Here’s the lowdown…

How can I prevent pigmentation?

As with most skin concerns, prevention is key so it’s essential that you slather on that SPF when outdoors! Our pick? We love Thank You Farmer Sun Project Light Essence for its sheer, comforting and air-light texture.

Thank You Farmer Sun Project Light Sun Essence 40ml
Thank You Farmer Sun Project Light Sun Essence 40ml
Thank You Farmer Sun Project Light Sun Essence 40ml
Thank You Farmer Sun Project Light Sun Essence 40ml
Thank You Farmer Sun Project Light Sun Essence 40ml
Thank You Farmer Sun Project Light Sun Essence 40ml
Thank You Farmer Sun Project Light Sun Essence 40ml
Thank You Farmer Sun Project Light Sun Essence 40ml
Thank You Farmer Sun Project Light Sun Essence 40ml
Thank You Farmer Sun Project Light Sun Essence 40ml

Thank You Farmer Sun Project Light Sun Essence 40ml

£19.20

Designed specifically for the needs of oily and combination skin, Thank You Farmer’s Sun Project Light Sun Essence has been formulated with its signature Micro Gel Network to provide an air-light texture and weightless finish on skin. Hydrating and calming ingredients – think Lotus Water, Soy Lipids and Purslane Extracts – help to protect and support the skin’s barrier, whilst SPF50 PA+++ protection helps to shield skin from the sun. Leaving no traces or white cast, it’s a must for each and every skin tone. 

KEY INGREDIENTS

  • Soy Lipids to help support the skin’s barrier
  • Lotus Water to calm and comfort skin
  • Purslane Extracts to nourish
  • Phyto-Oligo to help cool the skin and lock in hydration

WHY WE LOVE IT

While some SPF formulations can be too heavy for oily skin, this genius product from Thank You Farmer has been designed with combination, spot-prone skin in mind. Feeling totally traceless and weightless on skin, it sinks in quickly to leave skin perfectly shielded and soothed thanks to nourishing ingredients such as Lotus Water and high-strength SPF50 PA+++ protection.  

How can I get rid of pigmentation?

There are a myriad of hardworking ingredients that are proven to tackle an uneven skintone. To help you double down on those dark patches that may have accrued despite your best efforts, we’ve highlighted the top ingredients below.

Mandelic Acid

What it is: This AHA is great for reducing hyperpigmentation caused by acne while preventing future breakouts at the same time.

Find it in: By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water. An exfoliating toner that can be used daily even on sensitive skin. It brightens and smooths a dull, rough complexion over time.

By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water
By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water

By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water 120ml

£16.08

PRE-ORDER: This bundle will be dispatched on the week of 6th December.

A hydrating and non-irritating exfoliant that can be used daily. Formulated with Mandelic Acid, which can be used without any irritation even on sensitive skin. The Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water is an exfoliating treatment that improves the skin tone. Suitable for acne-prone skin due to its anti-bacterial properties.

SUITABLE FOR Oily  Combination

KEY INGREDIENTS
  • Mandelic Acid to help improve pigmentation and reduce inflammation
  • Beta-Glucan to an anti-inflammatory ingredient to moisturise, reduce redness and soothe skin
  • Panthenol (Vitamin B5) to improve the skin's ability to regenerate and maintain hydration
  • Centella Asiatica Extract to help regenerate damaged skin
  • Sodium Hyaluronate to attract and retain moisture in the skin, preventing dryness after exfoliation
WHY WE LOVE IT

Mandelic Acid is special because it helps exfoliate the skin without irritation. This exfoliant is perfect for those with sensitive skin.

Vitamin C

What it is: As well as being a potent antioxidant to help prevent any dark spots from occurring this hero ingredient blocks the production of melanin in your skin.

Find it in: Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop. Pigmentation-busting Vitamin C is paired with Centella Asiatica amongst other good for skin-ingredients for zero irritation.

Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop 35ml
Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop 35ml

Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop 35ml

£16.80

This product is designed to energize and rejuvenate your skin with the power of Vitamin C! The Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop is an innovative, multi-solution, non-irritating formula that revitalizes, maintains and transforms your skin.

SUITABLE FOR All skin

KEY INGREDIENTS
  • Citrus Junos Fruit Extract for its anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties
  • Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract detoxifies the skin and reduces damage caused by pollutants
  • Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract to even skin tone and fight free radicals
  • Nelumbium Speciosum (Lotus) Flower Extract is rich in antioxidants and helps moisturise the skin
  • Orange Oil Brazil has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties
  • Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil calms and soothes irritated skin
WHY WE LOVE IT

This is a great product to use if you have a dull skin tone or you suffer from hyper-pigmentation. It's easy to use and brightens your skin's complexion.

Niacinamide

What it is: This form of Vitamin B3 interferes with the process of cell pigmentation and treats acne too. It’s not an acid so ideal if you suffer from breakouts but have sensitive skin.

Find it in: I’m From Rice Serum. A nourishing serum made with organic Rice grown free from pesticides and Niacinamide to brighten and balance excess oil.

I'm From Rice Serum 30ml
I'm From Rice Serum 30ml
I'm From Rice Serum 30ml
I'm From Rice Serum 30ml
I'm From Rice Serum 30ml
I'm From Rice Serum 30ml
I'm From Rice Serum 30ml
I'm From Rice Serum 30ml

I'm From Rice Serum 30ml

£20.00

PRE-ORDER: The order will be dispatched in the week of the 29th November.

A vegan serum that calls upon the complexion-perfecting powers of rice, the I’m From Rice Serum is fuelled by the Embryo Bud of Rice which contains 65.9% of the total nutritional value as well as multiple skin conditioning ingredients. Helping to quickly transform skin and leave it silky soft, this brightening formula sinks in quickly and has been enriched with Niacinamide to keep skin bright and your complexion clear.

KEY INGREDIENTS

    • 73% 
  • Rice Germ Ferment Extract
  • Niacinamide to help keep skin clear and bright

 WHY WE LOVE IT

If you loved the brightening powers of the I’m From Rice Toner, you’ll love this genius serum from the same range. Not only does it utilise the radiance-boosting powers of rice to encourage a uniform complexion, it’s been enriched with niacinamide to brighten and keep skin in the clear.  

Tranexamic Acid

What it is: A powerful amino acid that slows down the production of pigmentation to brighten darks spots, especially when it comes to melasma.

Find it in: Dr. Ceuracle Pure VC Mellight Cream. This multi-tasking, glow-giving pairing of Tranexamic Acid and Vitamin C fights lines, wrinkles and pigmentation.

Dr. Ceuracle Pure Vc Mellight Cream 20ml
Dr. Ceuracle Pure Vc Mellight Cream 20ml
Dr. Ceuracle Pure Vc Mellight Cream 20ml
Dr. Ceuracle Pure Vc Mellight Cream 20ml
Dr. Ceuracle Pure Vc Mellight Cream 20ml
Dr. Ceuracle Pure Vc Mellight Cream 20ml

Dr. Ceuracle Pure Vc Mellight Cream 20ml

£24.00

A deeply hydrating face cream powered by 100,000ppm pure Vitamin C, this nourishing formula helps to fight fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation making it an anti-ageing saviour for skin. Enriched with well-known active and antioxidant ingredients, including Tranexamic Acid and Glutathione to improve the appearance of skin and protect it from free radicals, as well as calming Blue Chamomile Oil, it helps to unveil a smoother, firmer and more supple complexion.

 

KEY INGREDIENTS

  • Pure Vitamin C powder which improves the signs of aging, such as wrinkles or lines and boosts skin radiance
  • Idebenone which prevents moisture loss and rejuvenates skin condition by brightening skin tone
  • Glutathione, which is a powerful antioxidant and improves skin pigmentation and illuminates skin
  • Tranexamic Acid which reduces melanin synthesis and brightens skin tone evenly.
  • Blue Chamomile Oil which is rich in anti-inflammatory properties and relives sensitive skin

 

WHY WE LOVE IT

Helping to brighten, smooth and perfect ageing skin, we think of this as a one-stop-shop when it comes to fighting the signs of time. Potent Vitamin C helps to brighten and tackle pigmentation while antioxidant ingredients help protect against free radicals. It leaves skin looking rested, rejuvenated and radiant.

Arbutin

What it is: A natural ingredient that comes from the Bearberry plant that targets dark spots by reducing unwanted pigment from cropping up and fading stubborn dark patches at the same time.