“Essential Oils Cause Hyperpigmentation” - Busting the Myth!

Hyperpigmentation is an increasingly common problem. It is described as clusters of extra pigment or melanin in the skin. It is frequently caused by sun exposure, ageing, genetics and hormonal changes. Some types of hyperpigmentation include freckles, age spots, melasma, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and acne scars. However, in this age of social media and instant access to information - often the unreliable sort - people have taken it upon themselves to launch an entirely misinformed rumour - “essential oils cause hyperpigmentation.” but the reality is actually quite the opposite. Many essential oils have been used to prevent and even reverse hyperpigmentation of several types. Let’s dive a bit deeper into the topic.

Essential oils to diminish and prevent hyperpigmentation

Essential oils are extremely potent and salubrious extractions. They help treat a range of skin ailments such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, and rashes. Unsurprisingly, they also treat hyperpigmentation. This is because they inhibit the activity of “tyrosinase” which is responsible for melanin production and effectively absorbs ultraviolet rays. Essential oils help in the process of building new skin cells and ejecting all the dead skin cells. Additionally, essential oils have anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce acne and dark spots. Here are 5 essential oils that help prevent hyperpigmentation -

Carrot Seed Oil - In the beauty and body care industry, carrot seed oil is widely used in a variety of anti-ageing products due to its ability to tighten and rejuvenate tired and dull skin. But what makes carrot seed oil truly unique is its miraculous effect on cases of hyperpigmentation.

Lavender Essential Oil - Lavender essential oil is a brilliant aid for hyperpigmentation. It effectively reduces skin inflammation and dark spots. Additionally, it is known to reduce blotchiness, redness, and discoloration. 

Tea Tree Essential Oil - Tea tree essential oil is safe for all skin types. It contains many antioxidants and anti-microbial properties. Tea tree oil also helps reduce skin inflammation and prevents the formation of dark spots caused by excessive sun exposure. What’s more is that it helps in skin lightening and thus reduces hyperpigmentation.

Rosemary Essential Oil - Rosemary essential oil has powerful disinfectant and antimicrobial properties. It is an antibiotic and helps treat acne. Additionally, it helps lighten dark spots, acne, and blemishes, in turn diminishing hyperpigmentation of a certain type. 

Hemp Seed Oil - Hemp seed oil is our favourite oil for countless reasons. But with regards to hyperpigmentation, it helps by brightening acne scarring, managing sebum production that reduces breakouts, diminishing the appearance of dark spots, blemishes, and ageing skin. 

Satliva’s solutions for hyperpigmentation

At Satliva, we’re no strangers to the benefits of essential oils. So, we’re made it a priority to use them the right way in the right quantities for specific outcomes. For the management and prevention of hyperpigmentation, we use - 

  • Hemp with Moringa Face & Body Oil.
  • Mango Lavender Face Cream.
  • Mango Rosemary Face Cream.
  • Watermelon Face Cream.
  • Red Raspberry Face Cream.