Why does my hyperpigmentation keep coming back?

Why Does My Hyperpigmentation Keep Coming Back?

Key TakeawayInsightsRecommended VOUEE Product
Cause of RecurrenceSun exposure, inflammation, hormonal fluctuations, and certain medications can trigger recurring hyperpigmentation.VOUEE Correcting Day Serum for Hyperpigmentation
PreventionSun protection, regular exfoliation, and using skin-brightening products can prevent hyperpigmentation from coming back.Ututu Moisturiser with SPF for Dark Skin Tones
Treatment IngredientsVitamin C, kojic acid, licorice extract, niacinamide, and retinoids are effective ingredients for treating hyperpigmentation.VOUEE Laini Renewing Retinol Night Oil
Speciality SkincareSpecially formulated for melanin-rich skin tones to address hyperpigmentation and promote an even, radiant complexion.The VOUEE Starter Kit
Professional ConsultationConsulting with a dermatologist for personalized advice and treatments can significantly improve hyperpigmentation.
Patience and ConsistencyIt may take several months of consistent treatment and sun avoidance to see a noticeable improvement in hyperpigmentation.VOUEE Gentle Face Cleanser with AHA, BHA, PHA


‘I want clear skin and I want it yesterday!‘ For those of us with melanin-rich skin, the journey towards clear, radiant skin often brings the challenge of tackling hyperpigmentation. This common skin concern has a tendency to recur, even after what we believe is successful treatment. The recurrence of hyperpigmentation unveils a broader discussion about skincare for melanin-rich tones, a conversation that aligns with our ethos here at VOUEE. Our products, like the Ututu Moisturiser, are crafted with the understanding of the unique skincare needs of melanin-rich skin tones, especially hyperpigmentation.

The Root Causes of Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation occurs when melanin, the pigment responsible for the color of our skin, hair, and eyes, is overproduced in certain areas of the skin. Here’s a quick look into the triggers that cause an overproduction of melanin. More details in our other blogs.

Hormonal ChangesSun ExposureInflammationProduct Reactions

Hormonal Changes

Hormonal fluctuations can lead to a type of hyperpigmentation known as melasma. This is commonly experienced during pregnancy or when there is a change in hormonal contraceptive methods.

Sun Exposure

The sun’s UV rays are a major culprit behind hyperpigmentation. They stimulate the production of melanin which in turn causes dark spots and uneven skin tone. Protecting your skin from the sun using products like our Ututu Moisturiser with SPF can help mitigate this.


Inflammatory skin conditions or injuries can lead to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). Conditions like acne and eczema, or even minor skin injuries, can leave behind dark spots once healed. This is why we have to be careful when managing these other concerns so they do not leave a long lasting impact.

Skincare Product Reactions

Certain skincare products can irritate the skin, leading to hyperpigmentation. It’s essential to choose products that are formulated for your skin type and tone. Also it is essential to complete a patch test with every new product, even if you are already using other products in that range. Read out quick patch testing guide for melanin-rich skin. For a gentle yet thorough cleanse, our VOUEE Gentle Face Cleanser is designed to cleanse melanin-rich skin thoroughly without irritation.

Understanding the Recurrence

Incomplete or Improper TreatmentContinued Sun ExposureOngoing Inflammation

Incomplete or Improper Treatment

Sometimes hyperpigmentation recurs because the initial treatment was not completed, or it was not suitable for the skin type or condition. It’s crucial to follow through with treatment and to choose the right treatment methods. Do not claim victory until the skin is thoroughly healed.

Continued Sun Exposure

Continuous exposure to the sun without proper protection can cause treated areas to darken again. Consistent use of a high SPF sunscreen is imperative to prevent recurrence. This one is a non-negotiable for treating hyperpigmentation.

Ongoing Inflammation

If the underlying inflammatory skin condition is not resolved, hyperpigmentation can keep coming back. It’s essential to address the root cause of inflammation to see a lasting improvement in hyperpigmentation. A simple example here is a hormonal acne issue that causes repetitive acne, that may then leave hyperpigmentation scars.

Treating Hyperpigmentation: A Tailored Approach

Skin’s NeedsThe Right IngredientsSun Protection

Recognizing Your Skin’s Needs

Every skin type and tone requires a tailored approach to treatment. Recognizing your skin’s unique needs is the first step towards effectively treating hyperpigmentation. Understand not just the basics of oily, normal, combination but also where your dry patches are and if you are acne prone.

Incorporating the Right Ingredients

Ingredients like Vitamin C, Azeleic acid, Arbutin, Licorice root, and Niacinamide are known to be effective in treating hyperpigmentation. Our Correct & Boost Day Serum is formulated with a blend of potent ingredients to address hyperpigmentation.

Consistent Sun Protection

As reiterated, sun protection is crucial. Incorporating a moisturizer with high SPF, like our Ututu Moisturiser, into your daily routine is a step towards preventing the recurrence of hyperpigmentation. This is also for days when it is overcast.

Through understanding the causes and the nature of hyperpigmentation recurrence, a tailored and effective treatment plan (that you stick to) can be developed easily at home. This proactive approach resonates with the journey towards celebrating the beauty of melanin-rich skin tones, a journey that VOUEE is honoured to be a part of.

The Psychological Impact of Recurring Hyperpigmentation

Dealing with recurring hyperpigmentation isn’t merely a physical endeavour; it has psychological aspects that we cannot underestimate. The cycle of hope when hyperpigmentation seems to fade, followed by dismay when it reappears, can be exhausting. This emotional roller-coaster often leads to a loss of confidence and in severe cases, impact our self esteem.

The Importance of Professional Guidance

Seeking Dermatological Advice

You have to know when to call in the pros. A dermatologist can provide insights into the specifics of your skin condition and the underlying causes of your recurring hyperpigmentation. They can suggest tailored treatments and skincare routines that can significantly impact the appearance of hyperpigmentation over time. If possible find a dermatologist, who has experience with melanin-rich skin. We know this isn’t as easy as it should be for every one.

Adhering to Professional Recommendations

Once you receive professional advice, adhering to the recommended treatment plan is crucial. Exactly the same as at-home treatments, it is tempting to abandon a routine if results are slow, but consistency is key to seeing any long-term improvements.

Unveiling The VOUEE Approach To Hyperpigmentation

Tailored Skincare Regimen

At VOUEE, we understand the intricacies of melanin-rich skin and the challenges posed by hyperpigmentation. Our VOUEE Starter Kit is a curated selection of products designed to address hyperpigmentation while catering to the unique needs of melanin-rich skin tones. The entire line is designed with ingredients that not only tackle our main concerns – acne, dryness, hyperpigmentation, but also compliment each other thoroughly to put you in the drivers seat of your skincare journey.

Ethical Formulations

We understand that desperation can push people to the extremes. It is important to ensure that your skincare choices celebrate your skin, rather than try to turn you into something else. Our skincare line has and always will, shun the narrative of skin whitening. We do not believe that you have to be lighter to be more beautiful. We embrace the beauty of every shade. Our products are crafted to enhance the natural beauty of melanin-rich skin, offering solutions to common skin concerns like hyperpigmentation.

Prevention Is Better Than Cure

Daily Sunscreen Application

We cannot stress enough the importance of daily sun protection to prevent hyperpigmentation from recurring. This is why we keep repeating it. Ututu Moisturiser with SPF is a testament to our commitment to creating products that address the specific needs of melanin-rich skin. It is an SPF30 Broadspectrum moisturiser, which means it protects against UVA and UVB rays.

Gentle Skincare Products

Opting for gentle skincare products that do not irritate the skin is another step towards preventing hyperpigmentation. Products formulated to cleanse without stripping the skin of its natural oils are essential to any decent skincare routine.

Maintaining a Balanced Diet

A balanced diet rich in antioxidants and essential nutrients contributes to overall skin health, which in turn can help in preventing the recurrence of hyperpigmentation. Check out our socials on foods for your tummy and your face.

By intertwining a tailored skincare regimen, professional guidance, and preventive measures, the battle against recurring hyperpigmentation becomes a manageable endeavour. The VOUEE approach is more than skin deep; it’s about nurturing self-confidence and celebrating the beauty inherent in melanin-rich skin tones. We do hope you agree.

The Journey of Acceptance and Self-Love

Embracing Your Unique Skin

Managing recurring hyperpigmentation is also a journey of self-acceptance. Embracing your skin, with its unique characteristics, is a crucial step towards a healthier relationship with your body and self-image. Love your skin. We encourage skin affirmations.

The Community Aspect

Being part of a community that understands your skincare journey can be empowering. Engage in forums, follow reputable influencers who address hyperpigmentation, and share your own experiences. The path towards managing hyperpigmentation is often easier when walked with others who share your concerns and can empathise when you are feeling low.

The Future of Hyperpigmentation Management

Innovative Skincare Solutions

The skincare industry is continually evolving, with innovative solutions emerging. There are skin tech solutions that help treat dark patches, however, research results on melanin-rich skin is scanty at best. Stay informed about the latest treatments, products, and research concerning hyperpigmentation, especially tailored for melanin-rich skin tones.

With the increasing recognition of the need for inclusive skincare, ongoing research promises better understanding and more effective solutions for managing recurring hyperpigmentation in melanin-rich skin.


Recurring hyperpigmentation can be a challenging issue, but with the right approach – seeking professional advice when needed, a tailored skincare regimen, preventive measures, and a supportive community, managing this concern becomes feasible.

The VOUEE skincare line is a staunch advocate for celebrating the beauty of melanin-rich skin, offering an array of products that address hyperpigmentation while nurturing the skin’s natural grace. We would love to hear your story.