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5 Hyperpigmentation Treatments For Darker Fitzpatrick Clients

5 Hyperpigmentation Treatments For Darker Fitzpatrick Clients

Hyperpigmentation Treatments For Darker Fitzpatrick clients require some caution.  In order to ensure that you don’t cause any hypopigmentation to clients whose skin tone falls in the Fitzpatrick 4, 5 and 6 levels, you must use products that are “Fitz-Friendly”, (Thanks to Tenisha Hicks at Isha Esthetics and Wellness for introducing me to that phrase!). She said to me, during a podcast interview, “When a client is ‘melanin-kissed’, you need ‘fitz-friendly’ options.”  I loved it!

We live in a diverse world, so we have an article on treating hyperpigmentation on darker skin tones. They can even offer dual exfoliation services to help speed up the cellular turnover process. The L+A 2020 Fall Resurfacing Skin Care Guide has options to resurface along with post treatment healing products.

We reached out to our connections in the professional skincare world and asked for suggestions of products that are ideal hyperpigmentation treatments for darker Fitzpatrick clients and we found 5 that we loved.

Let me apologize in advance for not having a model who is Fitzpatrick 4, 5, or 6 in the images below, logistics just didn’t allow to seek out models and have them pose with products, so I jumped in front of the camera to get photos for the article. xo Barry


5 Hyperpigmentation Treatments For Darker Fitzpatrick Clients

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5 Hyperpigmentation Treatments For Darker Fitzpatrick Clients

#1 RapideX - 2 Weeks Of Uni Dose At Home Peels

RapideX by Repêchage

Since 1996, Rapidex® is a safe and effective uni–dose program based on phyto-marine extracts and natural fruit acids that will gently exfoliate the skin, helping the skin to appear more even in tone and texture, feel softer and smoother. Lydia created Rapidex® Marine Exfoliator to provide a controlled application process because she observed that clients were over-exfoliating their skin, whether with microdermabrasion, chemical and acid peels or laser resurfacing procedures. Rapidex®, an international skin care sensation, is the first of its kind. Our unique uni–dose packaging stays fresh, provides a large, pre-saturated cotton swab soaked in our exclusive formula and is one of our 5 hyperpigmentation treatments for darker Fitzpatrick clients.

# 2 Mandelic Combo Peel 30%

Mandelic Combo Peel 30% by Dermamed Solutions

The Mandelic Combo Peel 30%  is a medium strength 30% acid combination for use in peel protocols for the treatment of acne and hyper-pigmentation. This amazing acid blend features three proven acne and pigmentation fighters. Salicylic acid, a beta hydroxyl acid, is a standard in the treatment of acne because of its keratolytic and anti-inflammatory qualities. Lactic acid is a mild alpha hydroxyl acid used on more sensitive skins to remove impurities and gently exfoliate. Mandelic acid, another AHA which is derived from bitter almonds, has a larger molecule size which is more slowly absorbed for more even application making it a good choice for darker skin types. Its key features are its strong anti-microbial and depigmentation abilities which make it ideal for acneic skin.  We love this peel as one of our 5 hyperpigmentation treatments for darker Fitzpatrick clients.

#3 Lemon Acai Lightening Masque

Lemon Acai Lightening Masque by Dawn Lorraine Skincare 

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The Lemon Acai Lightening Masque has is organic, gluten, diary and soy free.

Here’s a list of actives that make this masque so effective and one of our 5 hyperpigmentation treatments for darker Fitzpatrick clients.

Turmeric  Reduces pigmentation and evens skin tone.  A potent natural anti-inflammatory.

Lemon  Naturally astringent and antioxidant.  Has a mild natural bleaching effect, which enables it to brighten dull skin color and calm redness.

Goat Milk  Contains lactic acid for resurfacing and brightening skin.  High in essential fatty acids and triglycerides which have a PH similar to humans, reducing irritation irritation normally experienced with exfoliants

Kojic Acid A natural skin lightening agent used to lighten brown patches. Inhibits the production of melanin from sun exposure and hormonal imbalances 

Willow Bark Dissolves the top layer of skin cells, improving skin texture, pore clarity and radiance. Has natural anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities.  

Gycolic/Malic/Tartaric/Citric Acid Derived from organic fruit sugars.  Fruit acids increase cell renewal, smooth fine lines, improve sun damage, clear pores, diminish age spots.

Papaya Enzyme (Papain) Dissolves dead and damaged skin cells by digesting keratin proteins. Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, rich in vitamin C, E and beta-carotene Is a gentle, non-sun-sensitizing exfoliating option for sensitive, dehydrated skin.

Pineapple Enzyme (Bromelain) Proteolytic enzyme isolated from pineapple. Gently dissolves dead skin cells and hydrolyses proteins into peptides and amino acids. Provides extra nourishment to skin and stimulates collagen for optimal skin radiance.

#4 BeeDazzle Mask

BeeDazzle Mask by Hale & Hush

Hale & Hush has been known for their ability to treat the most compromised, sensitive skin, but this mask takes them out of the sensitive skin arena and puts Hale & Hush on par with other clinical brands who offer highly respected resurfacing treatments! The BeeDazzle Revitalize is a Manuka Honey & AHA Refiner which makes it one of our 5 hyperpigmentation treatments for darker Fitzpatrick clients. It delivers quality rejuvenation without fuss or downtime by uniting refinement and recovery in one unique formulation.  Sensitive-friendly AHAs (mandelic and lactic) recondition skin’s texture and complexion while bioactive Manuka Honey nurtures healing with anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and conditioning effects.



MYSKINBUDDY™ is the revolutionary facial device that utilizes four proven technologies to help you achieve a clearer complexion, brighter and even skin tone, and a more youthful appearance.


  1. Enhance product penetration.
  2. Reduce redness and inflammation.
  3. Stimulate collagen renewal and skin rejuvenation.
  4. Deeply cleanse and gently exfoliate dead skin cells.
  5. Reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores.
  6. Kills P. acnes bacteria that leads to acne formation.

Thanks to MYSKINBUDDY, Repêchage, Dermamed Solutions, Hale & Hush and Dawn Lorraine for sponsoring this article.

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