9 Reasons Why WOC Are Ditching  Vitamin C, Hydroquinone, and Niacinamide Serums 
For Sevenly Delight

By Noelly Michoux

(3-4 min read) 

Hyperpigmentation is one of the most stubborn and common skin issues for brown and black women. 


Whether around the lips, on the forehead, or on the cheeks, it can completely undermine your self-esteem and make you feel embarrassed just for being yourself. 

Sadly, too many brown and black queens who are absolutely GORGEOUS never get to fully embrace their beauty, as it’s often overshadowed by hyperpigmentation. 

They keep switching products and routines, trying to achieve the glowy, dewy skin their favorite IG influencer has. But, no matter what they try, all they get is utter disappointment. 

If that’s been the case for you, too, it’s not your fault. Because when it comes to treating hyperpigmentation, most of the skincare products on the market don’t cater to the specific needs of women of color. 

Sure, they all claim to do so on their website and packaging. But the truth is, their formulas aren’t designed for women of color, nor have they been tested on them. 

The good news is that our brand, 4.5.6 Skin, owned and operated by people of color,  has been changing the game for WOC.

Brown and black women from the UK, US, Canada, and all over the world are ditching Vitamin C, Hydroquinone, and Niacinamide serums for 4.5.6 

Skin’s hero product called Sevenly Delight.

In this article, you’ll discover the 9 reasons why this is happening and how you can get your hands on Sevenly Delight, hoping it’s not sold out currently (it often does). 

1. Vitamin C, Hydroquinone, and Niacinamide Serums are SINGLE Active Ingredient Products:

Many of the products used by WOC to treat hyperpigmentation rely on single active ingredients like Vitamin C, Hydroquinone, and Niacinamide. 


While these ingredients are popular for their specific benefits, using them in isolation can lead to poor results, especially for women with darker skin tones.


High concentrations of Vitamin C can cause irritation and increased sensitivity, particularly in melanin-rich skin. This irritation can trigger inflammation, potentially worsening hyperpigmentation.


Hydroquinone is effective in inhibiting melanin production but comes with significant drawbacks. Prolonged use can lead to ochronosis, a skin disorder causing blue-black pigmentation, and it can also cause skin irritation, making it unsuitable for long-term use.


Niacinamide is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, but at high doses, it may cause skin flushing and irritation. Thus, it often falls short in addressing the complex issue of hyperpigmentation on its own.


Single active ingredients at high dosages can lead to sensitivity and irritation, exacerbating hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation requires a comprehensive approach that addresses multiple pathways involved in melanin production, inflammation, and skin repair. 


On the other hand, Sevenly Delight is a smartly formulated complex that combines multiple active ingredients at balanced dosages, offering a more effective solution by reducing dark spots, acne scars, and melasma; soothing inflammation, and promoting even skin tone without the risk of irritation.

2. Formulated Specifically for Darker Skin Tones 

Sevenly Delight understands that darker skin tones have unique needs. The serum has ingredients specifically chosen to address hyperpigmentation, dark spots, and uneven skin tone.


Unlike mainstream products, it’s formulated to cater to the physiological differences in ethnic skin, providing targeted and effective results.


Additionally, Sevenly Delight has been tested on women of darker skin tones.

3. Hexylresorcinol: An effective,  safer alternative to Hydroquinone

Hexylresorcinol, a key ingredient in Sevenly Delight, is a powerful skin brightener that is as effective as Hydroquinone but without the harsh side effects. 


Hexylresorcinol helps to reduce dark spots and balance skin tone by protecting skin cells and promoting even pigmentation.


By including Hexylresorcinol in its formulation, Sevenly Delight ensures that women can achieve a brighter, more balanced complexion safely and effectively without the risks associated with Hydroquinone.

4. Alpha Arbutin: The Gentle Yet Potent Solution

Alpha Arbutin, an essential ingredient in Sevenly Delight, is celebrated for its efficacy in clearing acne scars and evening out skin tone without causing irritation. Unlike many hyperpigmentation treatments, Alpha Arbutin is both gentle and powerful, making it a perfect choice for individuals with sensitive skin. 


The other thing to consider is dosages. Because over a certain concentration, Alpha Arbutin acts like hydroquinone and can risk of irritation. Which is something that many women have experienced. 


On the other hand, Sevenly Delight incorporates Alpha Arbutin at the right dosage so it delivers the benefits without the side effects. 

5. Glutathione: The Antioxidant Powerhouse

Glutathione, featured prominently in Sevenly Delight, is a powerful antioxidant that works in tandem with Niacinamide to reduce excess melanin production and brighten the skin


This combination is particularly effective for treating hyperpigmentation. Glutathione helps to restore, repair, and rejuvenate the skin by protecting it against free radicals and reducing inflammation. 

6. Vitamin C Complex for Youthful Skin

Thanks to millions of dollars spent on promoting Vitamin C serum as a “miracle” solution for hyperpigmentation, it has become the go-to solution for most WOC. 

Unfortunately, traditional Vitamin C treatments can sometimes be harmful to darker skin tones, as they may lead to irritation and increased sensitivity. 

This irritation can trigger an inflammatory response, potentially worsening hyperpigmentation rather than improving it. Additionally, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) can be unstable and degrade quickly, reducing its effectiveness.

In contrast, Sevenly Delight uses a unique Vitamin C Complex that includes Oleuropein, stabilized Vitamin C, and Zinc PCA. This advanced formulation ensures that Vitamin C remains stable and effective, delivering all its brightening benefits without the risk of irritation. 

The inclusion of Oleuropein and Zinc PCA not only enhances the brightening effect but also provides antioxidant protection and helps regulate oil production, promoting a clear, youthful complexion. 

This thoughtful blend is designed to be gentle yet potent, making it an ideal choice for those with darker skin tones seeking to treat hyperpigmentation effectively and safely.

7. Azelaic & Natural Salicylic Acids: The Gentle Exfoliator

Azelaic acid is a key ingredient in Sevenly Delight, renowned for its ability to mitigate hyperpigmentation and promote an even complexion. 

This gentle exfoliant not only brightens the skin but also strikes a delicate balance, making it an optimal choice for those with sensitive or melanin-rich skin tones. 

While many exfoliants and treatments can trigger significant irritation and sensitivity, particularly in melanin-rich skin, these harsher interventions often exacerbate inflammation, further aggravating hyperpigmentation. 

In stark contrast, Azelaic Acid offers a safer and more effective solution. It gently exfoliates the skin and curtails melanin production without inducing irritation.

Salicylic Acid helps speed up the cell renewal process, replacing old skin with hyperpigmentation with new skin without hyperpigmentation.

8. Astaxanthin Oil: Protect and Nourish

Astaxanthin Oil, a potent antioxidant and pivotal ingredient in Sevenly Delight, is renowned for its efficacy against inflammation-induced skin discoloration


It not only diminishes signs of aging but also safeguards against UV damage and enhances skin elasticity


Unlike many other treatments that solely focus on moisturizing or temporarily plumping the skin, Astaxanthin Oil offers a comprehensive approach by shielding the skin from UV damage and curbing inflammation, critical factors in the aging process. This approach ensures a more youthful and resilient complexion.

9. Active Radish Juice Detox

Featuring Active Radish Juice Detox, a unique ingredient that purges toxins from the skin, Sevenly Delight offers a purifying solution. 

Combined with low molecular hyaluronic acid, Royal Jelly, Vitamin E, Berry wax, natural salicylic acid, and Hexagonal Vitalized Water, it deeply hydrates, soothes, and gently exfoliates the skin, leaving it instantly radiant while preserving the skin's microbiome. 

In contrast to traditional skincare products that heavily rely on occlusives like silicones and mineral oils, which provide temporary hydration by forming a barrier on the skin's surface but can also clog pores and disrupt the skin's natural barrier function, potentially leading to issues like dehydration, irritation, and a compromised skin microbiome – an issue particularly unsuitable for melanin-rich skin tones that require deeper hydration and gentle exfoliation.

By incorporating Active Radish Juice Detox and other natural, efficacious ingredients, Sevenly Delight ensures profound hydration, gentle exfoliation, and toxin removal without the drawbacks associated with heavy occlusives. This holistic approach makes it an ideal choice for maintaining a healthy, radiant complexion.

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