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When it comes to achieving the glowing, even complexion of our dreams, nothing is more of a buzzkill than unwanted spots, whether it’s a lone dark spot or patches of discolouration.

The technical term for them is “hyperpigmentation”, and it all boils down to an overproduction of melanin, a substance in our bodies that produces hair, eye, and skin pigments.

And here’s the truth: anyone and everyone can experience hyperpigmentation, no matter your skin tone, although hyperpigmentation is a particularly common issue for those with darker skin, who have more melanin.

Curious to find out what actually helps lighten stubborn hyperpigmentation? Read on. But first, let us find out the most common causes of hyperpigmentation to better understand this pesky skin issue.

What causes hyperpigmentation?

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Now, we’re about to delve into some science. When it comes to hyperpigmentation, anything that triggers inflammation in the skin can potentially send a signal to our melanocytes, the cells that produce brown melanin pigment as part of an immune response.

This inflammation can be caused by sun damage, blemishes, harsh chemicals on the skin, and even hormonal fluctuations, such as for those who are pregnant or are taking contraceptive pills.

  • Melasma: Hormonal influences are the main cause of a particular kind of hyperpigmentation known as melasma or chloasma.
  • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation: As its name suggests, this occurs following skin injury or inflammation such as acne, atopic dermatitis, cuts, chemical exposure, burns, or psoriasis. These factors can leave the skin darkened and discoloured after the wound has healed.
  • Age spots: As our skin ages, the number of melanocytes decreases, but the ones that remain increase in size and their distribution becomes more focused, which explains more age spots in those over 40.

If you think these dark spots and patches will disappear as easily as they seemed to materialise, you’re in for a rude awakening. Treating hyperpigmentation is going to take a little bit of effort.

While some types of hyperpigmentation – for example, the sort that develops after you’ve popped a pimple – will slowly fade over weeks, others – like the kind produced by UV exposure – may take much longer to fade.

It’s not all doom and gloom, though, because we found a dermatologist-backed solution that effectively fades hyperpigmentation in just four weeks.

A dermatologist-recommended solution that actually delivers results

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Meet the Cyspera Intensive System™, a science-based and Swiss-made three-step pigment correction system, which was developed by the creator of the first topical treatment product containing Cysteamine, Dr Behrooz Kasaree.

The dermatologist and pigment researcher enhanced the depigmentation effectiveness by upgrading and expanding the skincare line.

This three-step system is clinically proven to target stubborn hyperpigmentation, sans the harsh side effects that come with the use of corticosteroids, retinoic acid, and hydroquinone, making it safe for long-term use.

The star of the show in Cyspera’s formula? The novel Cysteamine Isobionic-Amide Complex™, which provides potent effects to lighten discolouration.

Cysteamine is a skin-lightening agent that can be found in human cells, which reduces the melanin production in the skin, while Isobionic-Amide enhances the pigment correction abilities of Cysteamine by further inhibiting the formation of visible hyperpigmentation and dark spots.

These powerful ingredients are paired together to significantly and rapidly reduce the appearance of discolouration, even skin tone, and brighten the skin.

Proven results in just 4 weeks

Content creators Christ Ellen Kirana (@djellenn) and Pooja (@glow_diaries_) were struggling to fade their stubborn dark spots and melasma when they visited Dr Komathy Rajaratnam at The Lifestyle Clinic, an aesthetic, dermatology, and wellness clinic.

That’s when they were both recommended to try Cyspera Intensive System™ for four weeks. Swipe left to unveil their results after a month and check out what they had to say about their experience with the products!


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How to use Cyspera Intensive System™

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For optimal results, you’re recommended to start with an intensive phase where you use the Cyspera Intensive System™ once a day, every day, for 16 weeks or until you’ve achieved your desired results.

You can then switch to a maintenance phase and use the system once a day, twice a week. However, if you wish to use the system on a daily basis during the maintenance phase, you can do so as well.

Unlike your regular exfoliant or dark spot corrector, Cyspera Intensive System™ must be applied on rested skin; that means you shouldn’t cleanse your skin before application. If you absolutely need a cleanse, wait one hour before using the system.

Here’s how you should use Cyspera Intensive System™:

  1. Intensive: Dispense one pump and apply a thin layer on the skin. Leave on for five minutes in the first week of use – this will help your skin adapt to the product. Gradually increase the usage to 10 minutes and subsequently 15 minutes. You may experience a warming sensation or mild tingling that can last up to 30 minutes.
  2. Neutralize: Apply two pumps on the skin and gently massage it in circular motions. Rinse thoroughly with water and pat dry.
  3. Boost: Apply a thin layer on your skin. Do not rinse.

You can choose to use the system any time of the day. However, it is noted that there is faster onset of action when it is used at night when our body’s regeneration process occurs.

For optimal results, remember to apply a generous amount of broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher during the day.

Cyspera Intensive System™ retails for S$422 (GST included) only in authorised clinics. Click here to find out where it’s available.

This article is brought to you by Cyspera.