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Brightening & Fading Dark Spots

The journey towards a clear complexion can often be an arduous one, and taking that first step can absolutely be the most difficult hurdle of them all. “What does my skin need to become healthy, smooth, and perfected? Where do I even start?”
We hear you — and that’s why we’ve curated our very own melanin-focused information hub to guide you to where you want to be. We address everything you need to know about how to get there, from key concern breakdowns all the way to detailed routine recommendations. Use this space as your personal landing pad on your road towards a flawless complexion, we’ll help you every step of the way.

Controlling hyperpigmentation may feel like a losing battle, but it doesn’t have to be! Understanding the ins-and-outs of this oh-so-common complexion concern is the first milestone to achieving beautifully even skin. Let’s tackle it together.

My skin concern:

Hyperpigmentation

First off, what exactly is hyperpigmentation?

There are multiple variations of this common skin concern that can present itself in the form of acne scars, sun spots, age spots, post-inflammatory spots, freckles, melasma, and seborrheic keratosis (just to name a few). Hyperpigmentation occurs when there’s an imbalance between the skins’ melanin metabolism and outward interactions, resulting in an abnormal increase of natural pigment in those particular areas.

What are the causes of hyperpigmentation?

The triggers vary, and can range from hormonal imbalances due to stress or pregnancy, all the way to exposure to certain chemicals and drugs such as antibiotics like tetracyclines, ibuprofen, retinoids, diuretics, and chemotherapy. Global diseases aren’t exempt either, with acne, lupus, melanoma, Cushing’s disease, Addison’s disease, and Acanthosis Nigricans all having an impact on the melanin metabolism. Even small abrasions of cuts and burns, inflammations, and sun damage can kick-start this process into action. And it’s because those with darker skin tones are more prone to hyperpigmentation that we make it our priority to educate and resolve the melanin-rich community with our bespoke skincare. Through the consistent application of quality skincare products that are specifically catered to your needs, hyperpigmentation can be corrected and possibly even prevented from worsening or spreading.


“Treating hyperpigmentation in melanin-rich skin requires both a gentle, yet multi-tiered approach to ensure that all avenues for producing excess melanin are addressed. Also, in treating melanin-rich skin, any therapeutics that can lead to inflammation and resultant worsening of hyperpigmentation must be avoided, such as aggressive mechanical exfoliation, the use of high-percentage acids or harsh ingredients.”

— Dr Carlos A. Charles, Board Certified Dermatologist.


Your 3 step-routine to brighten your skin and remove dark spots

We’ve curated a three-step hyperpigmentation-tackling routine that can be interchanged for both drier and oilier skin types, and then further customized to meet your own individual needs:

1. CLEANSE

A flawless complexion starts with cleansing, regardless of our skin types or concerns. It’s essential for clearing out our pores from unwanted dirt, grime, and pollution that could lead to possible breakouts, as well as preventing dehydration and dullness. Not only does cleansing leave your skin feeling wonderfully fresh and clean, but it also enables maximum absorption for the rest of your routine. Hello healthy, glowing skin! Reach for our lightweight cleansing gel for a quick morning skin reset, before opting for a deep double-cleanse combo in the evening. Start by melting the day away with our gentle cleansing oil to breakdown stubborn makeup and sunscreen particles, then follow up with our refreshing cleansing gel to ensure that no pore is left unclogged.

Cleansing Gel - Green Bae

A dime-sized amount of this lightweight cleansing gel applied twice daily will ensure that your oily skin feels refreshed, smooth, and radiant. With a combination of detoxifiers and natural skin brighteners such as Salicylic Acid, Cellulose, Cucumber Extract, and Orange Blossom Water, Green Bae provides a gentle but deep-cleansing experience that tones, detoxifies, and directly targets your unwanted hyperpigmentation to reveal an even complexion.

In order to brighten and fade dark spots, we boost your Green Bae formula with these actives:

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Lilium Candidum Flower Extract

A bioactive extract that helps prevent and reduce dark spot and skin blemishes to promote an even complexion.

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Orange Flower Distilled Water

Works to restore the skins’ natural radiance.

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Citric Acid

Containing a natural whitening effect to help regain the skins’ natural hue.

Cleansing Oil - Come Clean

Deep clean your dry skin with 3-4 pumps of the hyperpigmentation-fighting facial cleanser twice a day to soothe, nourish, and brighten. Using a blend of highly nutritive ingredients to boost tissue oxygenation, improve skin texture, and help fight the appearance of dark spots, Come Clean harnesses the oils of Olive, Linseed, Lavender, Rosemary, Squalane, and Sage, as well as the powerful antioxidant Astaxanthin.

In order to brighten and fade dark spots, we boost your Green Bae formula with these actives:

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Carrot Seed Oil

Promotes a clearer, brighter, and evenly-toned complexion.

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Astaxanthin

The most powerful antioxidant nature has to offer, this active helps to brighten the complexion, while protecting it from free radicals.

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Zinc Oxide

Drastically reduces post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, while minimizing any irritations that may occur.

2. EXFOLIATE


Exfoliation is a key component within any skincare regimen, especially for those who are melanin-rich. Due to a high cell turnover rate, dead skin cells can quickly accumulate on the skins' surface, causing complexion dullness and textured rough patches. But by using our gentle chemical exfoliator twice a week, the glue holding these dead cells break down and disperse to unveil the newer, brighter cells underneath. We recommend this careful chemical treatment process in favour of a mechanical scrub to protect your delicate healthy skin cells, so that it’s only the dead ones that are being swept away. Reveal your true complexion through gentle exfoliation, and notice your pores minimize, marks fade, and small blemishes diminish.

Exfoliant Mask - To Be Clear

Buff away dead skin cells to reveal a bright new complexion by incorporating this cell-renewal boosting clay mask twice a week into your evening skincare routine. This powerful yet gentle chemical and enzymatic exfoliating formulation combines the micro nutritive regenerating powers of Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Papaya Seed Oil, Spirulina, Oat and Rosemary Oil with anti-inflammatory actives such as Green Tea Glycoproteins, Calendula Flower Extract, and Niacinamide to drain away dead skin cell and provide a long-lasting brightness. The addition of Rose Clay in To Be Clear disperses the minerals like clouds, and allows the nutrients to penetrate deep within the skin barrier to alleviate hyperpigmentation.

In order to brighten and fade dark spots, we boost your Green Bae formula with these actives:

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Green Tea Glycoprotein

An anti-tyrosinase active that helps to brighten the complexion and give added elasticity by reducing melanin production.

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Rose Rubiginosa Oil

Rich in vitamin A and K, Lycopene, Linoleic Acid, and Omega-3 Fatty Acids, this active uses nutrients to help even out hyperpigmentation.

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Salicylic Acid

A Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) with peeling functions to help with the appearance of melasma, and to inhibit melanin formation with a low risk of irritation.

3. TREAT


Now that your skin has been thoroughly cleansed, cleared, and brightened, it’s time to inject the skin with a potent cocktail of transformative active ingredients. It’s in this particular step that the greatest changes to your complexion will be made, and your skin concerns will be directly addressed. Think supercharged hydration levels, balanced oil production, and a deeply nourished, clear complexion that exudes a polished clarity. Although this serum is a skin dream come true, it’s the collaboration of cleansing and exfoliating that allows this treatment to be so revolutionary.

Brightening Serum - Sevenly Delight

Preventing hyperpigmentation has never been easier with this innovative, pigmentation-balancing serum that needs only 3 pumps applied to clean skin twice daily to see the long-term brightening effects after 8 weeks of continual use. Sevenly Delight works to normalize pigmentation through biodynamic ingredients such as Palmita Palmaria Extract, nourishing actives of natural vitamin C, Niacinamide, Alpha Arbutin, and/or Azelaic Acid, and optimized further by antioxidants and gentle exfoliators. The synergy between this highly-potent Core Blend formulation and your unique customization actives result in a complete solution to keep hyperpigmentation at bay, no matter what your skin type may be.

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Balanite Roxburghii Seed Oil

This biocompatible active uses the palmoplantar melanin regulation pathway to brighten the skin and fight the many factors that cause hyperpigmentation.

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Acerola Extract

Full to the brim with antioxidants and vitamin C, Acerola Cherry Extract eliminates free radicals to efficiently brighten and even out the complexion.

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Alpha Arbutin

Acts as an effective tyrosinase inhibitor which provides the skin with lightning and brightening effects.



Make a routine that’s customized just for you


Our range of Core Blends are filled with biodynamic, oil-regulating, cell-renewing, brightening, nourishing, anti-inflammatory, and microbiome-restoring actives. But one singular formulation isn’t suited to all skin phototypes. That’s why our experts here at 4.5.6 Skin customise your formulations based on your phototype and skin type to address your current skin concerns, or to simply maintain your already flawless complexion!

Here’s how it works:

1. Tell us about your skin

Select your Phototype (IV, V or VI), your Skin Type (Oily, Dry, Combination, Balanced), your top 3 Skin Concerns (Acné, Dark Spots, Uneven Skin, etc) and Fragrance Preference (Normal, Mild, No Fragrance).

2. We formulate

We’ll freshly mix the appropriate "Core Blend" with the correct combinations, concentrations, and dosages of active ingredients that will best address your specific requirements. See below for more information on actives.

3. Begin your new skincare journey!

Your formulas are freshly bottled, straight from our lab to your doorstep within 5 to 7 days after completing your order.

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