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Hyperpigmentation is a skin condition that involves over production of melanin, the skin's pigment. It ranges from conditions including Melasma to freckles and can affect anyone. While not considered to be medically serious, hyperpigmentation can be disfiguring and affected individuals often feel self conscious about their condition.  

Hyperpigmentation is traditionally treated with skin bleaching or skin lightening creams. Since sun exposure triggers the production of melanin, strict sun avoidance is also recommended. Individuals with hyperpigmentation disorders should always use sunscreen, hats, sunglasses or cover up with clothing.  

While there are a range of effective ingredients that may be used in the treatment of hyperpigmentation disorders, individuals may not be able to tolerate them all. Rumex extract is a relatively new discovery and tends to be well tolerated by most individuals. Rumex extract comes from Field Dock, a plant native to the Canadian Prairies. Rumex extract works by inhibiting the production of tyrosinase, an enzyme present in human skin and that is responsible for the formation of pigmentation which causes color in skin. Inhibiting tyrosinase reduces the formation of new pigment.  

Rumex extract’s efficacy is increased when combined with an ingredient like glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). Glycolic acid works as an exfoliant to remove pigmented skin cells. The combined action of Rumex extract and glycolic acid contributes to:

A reduction in pigmented spots
A highlighted complexion
A unified skin tone.

[Link Removed] may be found in creams or serums and are certainly worth considering if you are dealing with a skin condition that involves hyperpigmentation.  

Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care. She owns and operates an online skin store at [Link Removed] 


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