A new treatment for those pesky sun spots

sun spot treatment

Hyperpigmentation is a broad term used to describe concentrated areas of skin that become discoloured due to excess melanin production. Often harmless and limited to the face, neck, hands and chest, most common forms of hyperpigmentation include solar lentigines, also known as sun, age or liver spots; and melasma, or ‘the mask of pregnancy’.

I call mine ‘brown spots’. I’ve had a few over the years, and had some removed, so any product that will help lesson the effect, or help prevent more, makes me very happy.

Although people of any age, sex and race can develop this condition, it is more prevalent in women of lighter skin tone and is usually attributed to a host of environmental and hormonal factors, including unprotected sun exposure, medications, and increased oestrogen levels.

My brown spots however, are caused by sun exposure, being a child of the 70s and raised in New Zealand, our summers were spent outside and unprotected in the harshest of suns.

While treatment options can include intense pulsed light (IPL), cosmetic surgery and dermabrasion, tyrosinase inhibition is proven to be the most effective and safest treatment to date. Offering a gentle and superior alternative to hydroquinone-based formulations, Enlighten by Evidence Skincare (ESK) uses a relatively new tyrosinase-inhibitor, 4-n-Butylresorcinol (4nB), to lighten skin and reduce future melanin deposits.

Pronounced 4-n-beautal-resorcinol, 4nB has been proven to be the most effective depigmenting agent when compared to industry alternatives such as hydroquinone, arbutin, azelaic acid, and kojic acid, and produce faster results in as little six weeks with less skin irritation. This is music to my ears!

Formulated with sensitive skin types in mind, Enlighten combines 4nB with antioxidant multitasker, niacinamide (vitamin B3), to help regulate normal skin cell function, improve the skin’s moisture barrier, and reduce the transfer of melanin to keratinocytes where pigment is deposited.

In addition to its hyperpigmentation benefits, Enlighten is also shown to help balance sebum production, increase collagen synthesis, and reduce post-inflammatory redness.

Suitable for daily and long-term use, Enlighten can be paired with other active ingredients, such as vitamin C and alpha hydroxy acids, for enhanced depigmentation and overall skin rejuvenation.

Available globally via Evidence Skincare (ESK), Enlighten retails for $95 RRP (50g).

  • 50 So What was gifted the ESK products mentioned in this story to try.
The co-founder of 50SoWhat has been in publishing for most of her working life. She was general manager of successful boutique media publishing house in New Zealand for several years and boasts an impeccable sales, marketing and management background. When she’s not road-testing the latest cosmetic procedures, or investigating the hottest lifestyle, travel, fashion and beauty trends for over 45’s, Jo is often back home catching up with family and friends, or working on her golf swing!