Tyrosinase Inhibitors are used to treat all forms of pigmentation of the skin, other than those caused by genetics (sorry, you’ll just have to blame your parents!) They can act on other internal sources, such as Hormones and medications (such as the contraceptive pill) and external sources such as UV exposure and Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation. Tyrosinase Inhibitors work by blocking or sedating the production of melanin which causes your skin to have dark spots.
The most common over the counter Tyrosinase inhibitors are from plants (such as ascorbic acid-Vitamin C, Mulberry extract, Kojic acid etc). If over the counter medication is not doing enough to reduce your spots, doctor’s can recommend and prescribe stronger creams such as Hydroquinone (banned in Australia) or Azelaic acid.
It is advised that all skin undergoing resurfacing or rejuvenating (eg./Chemical peels, IPL, Laser Photo Dynamic Therapy) be prepped with Tyrosinase inhibitors to reduce the risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Method of use:
Tyrosinase inhibitors should be applied twice daily for a minimum of 2 months. It is imperative to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen whilst using Tyrosinase inhibitors.