Apr 26, 2024 | Blog


Dr Naomi McCullum

Cosmetic Doctor, Student Cosmetic Chemist. Founder, Dr Naomi Skin and The Manse Clinics.



Flawless skin is something we all aspire to achieve, but sometimes hyperpigmentation or uneven skin tones can seem like an unbeatable obstacle. Luckily for us, there are plenty of amazing skincare ingredients that can help even out your skin tone and restore it back to its natural glow. From kangaroo paw flower extract to brightening cocktails, discover how to build a long-term routine for obtaining the glowing complexion you want! We have also listed our most popular and effective products from our Dr Naomi skincare range to give you that fabulous summertime glow.

Do you ever feel like you need to hide imperfections on your skin that come with age, but never quite manage to get rid of them? With the help of some of our best selling all natural skincare range, now’s the time to discover the power of skincare ingredients that can help you even out your complexion to keep you looking bright and give you that J-Lo forever youthful glow! Read on to find out which ingredients are most suitable for fighting pigmentation issues.

Pigmentation is one of the most common skin conditions so you’re not alone, in fact almost 80% of women have some form of pigmentation. These include freckles, age spots or sun spots, you probably have some areas of your skin that are darker or discolored. Maybe it’s a sunspot from spending too much time in the sun without proper protection. Or maybe it’s a dark patch that appeared after a pimple healed. Whatever the cause, uneven skin tone can be frustrating.

But there’s good news! There are several powerful ingredients that can help even out your skin tone and give you a more unified look. In today’s post, we’ll introduce you to seven of these ingredients and explain how they work to improve your skin tone.

So whether you’re looking to get rid of a few dark spots or even out your overall skin tone, read on for some useful tips!

What Causes Skin Pigmentation?

Assuming you would like the scientific answer to this question:

There are many possible causes of skin pigmentation, including sun exposure, certain medications, and hormonal changes. Skin pigmentation can also be the result of a medical condition, such as Addison’s disease or vitiligo.

What are the Top Skincare Ingredients to Treat Pigmentation?

Here are some of the best skincare ingredients to look for when trying to even out your skin tone:

1. Vitamin C:

This one goes without saying as it is the holy grail in ANY skincare product EVER! Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can help brighten your complexion and even out your skin tone by fading dark spots and discoloration. It’s also beneficial for protecting your skin from environmental damage and boosting collagen production.

In addition, vitamin C has excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties. Need to say more? Vitamin C is one of your most valued elements for healthy, glowing skin! If you struggle with pigmentation, our Swipe Bright Brightening Super Oil is the product for you. This lightweight silky finish balancing Super Oil is formulated with skin brightening active ingredients including Chromabright, Symbright and AlphaWhitness, and a gentle form of Vitamin C to target pigmentation and dark spots from all angles. If you have combination to oily skin, the super oil is a MUST HAVE as it helps reduce oiliness and leaves your skin luminous and radiant.

If you prefer an elegant and powerfully penetrating cream, then we recommend C Bright.

2. Niacinamide:

Niacinamide is another ingredient that’s great for evening out skin tone. It’s a form of vitamin B3, an essential nutrient whose deficiency can lead to skin, kidney and brain problems. It works by inhibiting melanin production, which helps to fade dark spots and hyperpigmentation. It’s also an anti-inflammatory, so it can help calm down any redness or irritation. According to studies, niacinamide also helps minimise those pesky pores and enhances your skin’s texture, fostering skin elasticity and reducing skin’s redness and blotchiness.

The ultimate daily moisture boosted serum that restores skin health and radiance is our Let it B Hydrating Serum. It’s suitable for all skin types so whether you have dry, combination or oily skin, this baby improves daily hydration and balance sebum production. It’s also available in eco-friendly refills meaning it’s just as good for the environment as it is for your skin.

3. Glycolic Acid:

If you want to avoid dull skin, then your skincare routine could benefit from our friend over here… glycolic acid, thanks to its ability to buff away dead skin cells. Glycolic acid is a type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that’s often used in skincare products for its exfoliating properties. It can help brighten your complexion and even out your skin tone by sloughing off dead skin cells and revealing brighter, more evenly-toned skin underneath.

It’s also an excellent ingredient for improving overall skin texture, minimises scars and improves the appearance of acne. It’s one of the most diverse AHAs and helps to clear bacteria from the pores. Speaking of AHA, our One Night Stand AHA Overnight Facial is the ultimate treatment to address pigmentation, uneven skin tone and aging.  A potent 15% glycolic acid works to brighten and resurface your face, while nourishing and skin tightening ingredients work their magic too. Trust us when we say it’s the only one night stand you won’t regret.

4. Retinol

If you’re a skincare geek like us, you’ve probably heard of retinols before. Retinol is a powerful ingredient that can help to even out your skin tone. It can be found in many skincare products, and it works by increasing cell turnover and stimulating collagen production. This helps to diminish the appearance of dark spots and acne scars, and it can also help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Retinol is a great choice for those who are looking for a powerful skincare ingredient that can help to improve the overall appearance of their skin.

Retinols are a really common ingredient in creams and serums designed to help combat visible signs of aging. They’re also a life saviour when it comes to regulating your skin’s oil production. So there are many reasons to incorporate retinol in your routine even before we’ve covered pigmentation!


We’ve got you covered if you’re looking for a serum that encapsulates the razzle-dazzle retinol for the ultimate in brightening and skin rejuvenation. Say hello to our Vitamin Amen Ultimate A Serum – the magic formula if you’re looking to address premature skin aging, sun damage and pigmentation!

5. Alpha Hydroxy Acids

Alpha hydroxy acids aka AHAs are a group of natural acids that are derived from fruits. They have the ability to exfoliate the top layer of skin, revealing the brighter, more even-toned skin beneath. AHAs are a popular choice for treating sun damage, uneven skin texture, and wrinkles.

There are different types of AHAs, including glycolic acid, lactic acid, and citric acid. Each type has its own unique benefits. For example, glycolic acid is the smallest molecule in the group and can penetrate deeply into the skin. Lactic acid is good for brightening and exfoliation, while citric acid can help with dullness and uneven skin texture.

AHA’s offer almost instant gratification as it instantly refreshes your skin. However, as with most skincare products including any exfoliants, AHAs do have their downsides. An AHA (like glycolic acid) has a small molecule that penetrates the skin more deeply. This can cause possible sun sensitivity, peeling and irritation for dry or sensitive skin types.

AHAs can be found in skincare products in various forms, such as serums, creams, peels, and masks. The concentration of AHAs in a product will determine how strong of an exfoliating effect it will have. A higher concentration will provide better results but may also cause more irritation. We have our own AHA Brightening Cleanser called the Walk of Shine that is an effective dual cleanser and exfoliant that gets down and dirty and leaves your skin sparkling clean.

6. Beta Hydroxy Acids

Beta Hydroxy acids aka BHAs are a type of exfoliating acid that is commonly used in skincare products to improve the appearance of your skin. It works by removing dead skin cells (gross) and unclogs your pores, which can help to improve the overall texture and tone of your skin.

BHA is also known for its ability to improve the appearance of pigmentation. This is because it helps to even out skin tone by removing surface level hyperpigmented cells and reveals brighter, healthier skin underneath.

When it comes to using BHA to combat pigmentation, it is important to select a product with the perfect amount of concentration of BHA for your skin type. It is also important to use a high quality BHA product because lower quality products may contain harsh ingredients that can irritate the skin.

What’s more, it is essentially a BIG DEAL that when using any BHA products, to protect your skin from further damage from the sun, as UV radiation can worsen hyperpigmentation. So listen up ladies and gentlemen, this means wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30+ everyday including those cloudy days. We recommend, The Future 50+.

A Dr Naomi Skin must-have for glowing, luminous & smoother skin, the Pore Relation Power Essence is your pore minimising toner & daily exfoliator all-in-one that include BHA to target skin problems. If Dr Naomi were to recommend only 1 treatment product in her range, this is the starting point for optimal skin glow & results!

7. Licorice Root Extract

And last but certainly not least, is our natural baby, the licorice root extract. It contains glycyrrhizic acid which has skin lightening properties and can help to reduce the appearance of dark spots and pigmentation.

In skincare products, licorice root extract is often combined with other active ingredients, such as vitamin C and niacinamide, to improve its effectiveness in lightning the skin. When used regularly, licorice root extract can help to brighten your beautiful complexion and even out skin tone, making it one of the most popular ingredients for those with pigmentation concerns.

We hope that this post has given you some insight into the power of natural skincare ingredients and how they can help even out your skin tone. With regular use, these ingredients and our Dr Naomi products can help improve overall skin health and give you a more even complexion. Our clean beauty promise means that are use both synthetic and natural materials and all the notorious toxic no-no’s are nowhere to be seen in our skincare range. The right product can give you amazing results when it comes to achieving an even skin tone, so don’t hesitate to explore your options!

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