The 6 Best Body Washes For Hyperpigmentation


If you’re looking for the best body washes for hyperpigmentation, dermatologist Dr. Tiffany Clay — who spoke to Bustle for this article — says that you’ve got two options. The first is a brightening body wash, which “may exfoliate or use key ingredients to fade [unwanted] dark spots,” says Dr. Clay, who explains that sun damage is a possible cause of hyperpigmentation. Then, since the condition can also be caused by acne and folliculitis (“the most common causes of hyperpigmentation,” according to Dr. Libby), or by “post-inflammatory pigment from rashes like eczema and psoriasis,” you can also opt for a preventative body wash that works to keep acne or dryness at bay.

The Expert

Dr. Tiffany Clay, M.D., is a board-certified dermatologist practicing at Dermatology Affiliates in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Women’s Dermatologic Society, Georgia Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, Atlanta Association for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, and the National Medical Society. A medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Clay’s expertise and interests include treating skin of color, skin cancer prevention and awareness, and cosmetic injectables.

What To Look For In A Body Wash For Hyperpigmentation

According to Dr. Clay, the most effective body wash for you will depend on what’s causing your hyperpigmentation. Below, Dr. Clay breaks down the active ingredient you’ll benefit most from.

  • To brighten existing dark spots: retinol, alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), vitamin C, kojic acid, azelaic acid, niacinamide.
  • To prevent hyperpigmentation caused by acne and folliculitis: AHAs, beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs), benzoyl peroxide.
  • To prevent hyperpigmentation caused by rashes: glycerin, hyaluronic acid, shea butter, jojoba oil, soybean oil, other natural oils.

How To Use It

Using a body wash is pretty straightforward, but when you’re using something with an active…



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