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Your Skin's Future Looks Bright (and Even)

Your Skin's Future Looks Bright (and Even)

by Sarah Thomas

If you are already using Lume Whole Body Deodorant, Acidified Body Wash, and Acidified Cleansing Bar, then you know our products provide outrageously effective odor control.

But because Lume products do such a great job of optimizing our skin’s pH, there are some surprising additional benefits you might enjoy.

Last year, one of our valued customers posted a video that went viral because she had such a great experience with Lume Acidified Body Wash. Her waxing specialist observed that her skin - which previously had an uneven skin tone - was all one color! You can read more about Kim’s experience here.

Well, we did some digging around and found that Kim wasn’t alone. Turns out we have heard from quite a few happy customers like this one from Natasha:

“You’re an angel to us with HS (Or any kind of flaring skin condition really) Dr. K! I’ve not had an HS flare, a pimple, a razor burn or nothing for over a year now thanks to Lume. Even old scars, pitting, stretched skin marks and discolored skin patches are fading! You really could market your product as more than just a deodorant.”

Wow, that seems worthy of a deep dive investigation!

We hired Princeton Consumer Research to conduct clinical testing to see if Kim’s results might be more typical than we had expected. Princeton Consumer Research tested Lume Invisible Cream and Smooth Solid Deodorants, as well as our Acidified Body Wash and Cleansing Bar. We weren’t exactly sure what to expect, but let’s just say the results were phenomenal.

Results for all four products proved that Lume Whole Body Deodorants and Washes:

  • Visually evened skin tone and reduced the appearance of hyperpigmentation in as little as 4 weeks
  • Visually evened skin tone for and decreased the appearance of hyperpigmentation for 100% of participants after 8 weeks.

I think that bears repeating…

100% of study participants saw improvements after 8 weeks!

So while you are probably drawn to Lume for our science based approach to controlling ALL body odor, it’s nice to know you may benefit in other ways, like reducing the appearance of darkened skin.

What are common causes of hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is like a complex puzzle where different pieces combine to create those pesky dark spots or patches on your skin. Here's a glimpse into what could be behind the scenes:

Sun Exposure: Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun stimulate the production of melanin, leading to tanning. However, excess sun exposure can result in uneven distribution of melanin, leading to hyperpigmentation, such as sunspots or freckles.

Hormonal Changes: Hormonal fluctuations, such as those during pregnancy (melasma or chloasma), menopause, or as a result of hormonal treatments or contraceptives, can trigger melanin production, causing dark patches on the skin.

Friction: Continuous friction or rubbing of the skin can lead to irritation and inflammation. This inflammation triggers the skin's natural defense mechanisms, including the production of melanin, the pigment responsible for skin color. Over time, this can result in darkening of the affected area. This darkening is super common in underarms and inner thighs.

Inflammation or Injury: Skin inflammation resulting from conditions like acne, eczema, psoriasis, or injuries (cuts, burns, etc.) can stimulate melanin production, leading to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Genetics: Some individuals are genetically predisposed to developing hyperpigmentation. Certain ethnicities, such as those with darker skin tones, are more prone to conditions like melasma or PIH (Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation). Thanks, Grandma, I’d rather have your secret recipe.

Medications: Certain medications, such as some antibiotics, antimalarial drugs, chemotherapy drugs, and antipsychotic medications, can lead to hyperpigmentation as a side effect.

Skin Trauma: Trauma caused by procedures like dermabrasion, laser treatments, or chemical peels can sometimes trigger hyperpigmentation as part of the healing process.

Aging: As we age, the skin's ability to regenerate and repair itself decreases, which can result in accumulated sun damage and an increased likelihood of hyperpigmentation.

Endocrine Disorders: Conditions like Addison's disease or Cushing's disease, which affect the adrenal glands, can lead to hyperpigmentation as a symptom.

It's important to note that hyperpigmentation can be influenced by a combination of these factors, and its severity can vary from person to person. Some may experience hyperpigmentation as a temporary condition, while others may have it persist over time.

With such a long list of a lot of contributing factors, there’s a good chance many of us have been or will be affected by skin darkening in one way or another.

Lume Does MORE!

So if you’re looking for a Whole Body Deodorant, Acidified Body Wash, and Cleansing Bar that are pH optimized to control odor, look no further than Lume.

If you are also looking for how to get rid of darkness in underarms, how to get rid of dark inner thighs or how to lighten private parts - naturally, you’re going to want to look no further than Lume!

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Sarah Thomas


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