I have been using the new hyperpigmentation fighting serum, NIOD Re:Pigment (15 mL/$39 or 30 mL/$70,) for a little over two months now and wanted to do a formal update. I get a lot of comments and questions about this mystical serum on Instagram so I thought I would share my experience with Re: Pigment.
Because of my experience with Vitamin C serums and other pigment lightening products, I was hesitant to believe that something so out-of-the-box would work. Honestly, nothing has lightened my hyperpigmentation substantially in the past (More on that later.) You could say I was skeptical.
NIOD Re:Pigment is a “multi-pathway brightening system” that uses non-traditional ingredients to tackle hyperpigmentation. As with NIOD’s other products, the science is complex and the description isn’t an easy read! However, the only thing that matters to me is it really does work!
NOT Love at First Sight…
Let’s talk about the obvious first, what’s NIOD Re:Pigment like? It is a water-light pale yellow serum that soaks in beautifully and almost immediately when using a small amount. It plays nicely with other products and can be used both day and night. When I first started using re:Pigment I was only using at night. It was not love at first use like other NIOD products I love. One of the main reasons is when I first started using this serum it caused a burning sensation. Not like “I have to go wash this off right away,” but it was uncomfortable for about a minute. Generally when something burns that isn’t a good sign!
Funny enough, my skin acclimated to the product and after about a week of consistent use the burning upon application stopped. I say consistent use because at first I was not using Re:Pigment regularly. I sheepishly have to admit I started hearing others talk about the magnificent results they were getting from using twice a day, so I jumped on the bandwagon! I started using it morning and night without fail and within a couple of weeks at the most I could see results!
People struggling with this skin concern are all unique. Different products work for different people, and the root cause of hyperpigmentation is different from person to person. That is why hyperpigmentation is so difficult to treat. I’m not even going to pretend like I know even the tip of the iceberg when it comes to dealing with hyperpigmentation, it’s just really complex. No matter what the cause of your hyperpigmentation, it takes a lot of patience and a multi-angle approach, meaning an entire regime of products that work in different ways to diminish those pesky dark spots.
I feel like I need to describe my hyperpigmentation. I didn’t even really notice it until 2014, about a year and a half after my son was born. I have some small dark spots around my mouth area that have been there for years, but the spots I discovered were different. The spots are located on each temple, one being darker than the other. These spots looked eerily similar to the spots I saw on my grandmother and mother’s cheeks growing up, so there definitely could be a genetic factor. I also had a tubal ligation right after my son was born which did affect my hormones in other ways, could hormones be causing these dark spots also? I mean I wasn’t even 30 at the time, aren’t I too young for these age-related spots?
There were a ton of questions swirling in my head that, to be honest, I still don’t have all the answers to. I started researching how to be rid of the old lady dark spots I had just discovered. I added 1% Retinol to my routine, various concentrations of glycolic acid, hydroquinone, Vitamin C derivatives and l-Ascorbic Acid. I was driving ninety to nothing on a road to Destroy-my-Barrier City! I had multiple skin reactions from overuse of acids, my skin was flaky, extreme combination, and my skin felt sore to the touch. All the while my dark spots looked exactly the same. No change. So I understand the frustration.
I had all but given up on diminishing these pesky spots, my husband couldn’t even notice them until I pointed it out. (But do guys really ever notice anything?!) Genetics, hormones, and being Native American having tan skin are all reasons I thoughts these spots were never going away. Until I started using NIOD Re:Pigment.
After I started using twice a day, I was looking in my magnified mirror at another skin concern of mine, my pores. I glanced at my right temple which is the darkest of my spots and did a double take. Wow..that is lighter! Upon further examination I noticed the edges had faded and overall the entire spot was lighter in color. This was about two weeks after consistent day and night use.
Of course I couldn’t wait to see even more improvement with my dark spots. I saw steady progress every week and am kicking myself now that I didn’t take before/after photo evidence! Further overall lightening and a decrease in prominence of the borders of the spots made me feel hopeful for the first time. I might actually win this battle!
Not So Fast…
About a month in I was dismayed to realize, I had hit a plateau. This has happened to others using Re:Pigment also. I’m not joining the bandwagon this time, I really want it to work! The serum has definitely maintained the lightening that has already occurred, but it seems the complexity of hyperpigmentation has taken hold. This is when someone impatient may move on and try a different serum, but I’m going to stick with it. I believe another breakthrough is just around the corner!
I will address more of the science in my next update post about Re:Pigment, but I wanted to share what makes this serum unique. The main fact that makes this serum different from others is the absence of l-Ascorbic Acid (LAA,) the gold standard for lightening hyperpigmentation. I never had any luck with LAA for multiple reasons, so when I read that NIOD released a non-traditional lightening product I was both skeptical and excited.
The reason the ingredients for this serum are unique is because it doesn’t contain the typical lightening or brightening ingredients used in other formulas. It’s literally a breath of fresh air! Re:Pigment contains carefully crafted ingredients that target different aspects of hyperpigmentation. For instance, the formula includes several peptides that hone in on different pathways of lightening dark spots. One of these peptides, Solubilized Tetrapeptide-30, “reduces contrast between areas of varying dermal pigmentation.” Like the fading of the borders on my dark spots..clever! Another peptide, Encapsulated Oligopeptide-68, helps tackle pigmentation from UV rays. It also contains Red Evodia Fruit Derivatives that work as a brightening ingredient that is meant to produce results quickly.
I feel like Re:Pigment has all bases covered when it comes to how to reduce unwanted pigmentation. Like all starting at different points but arriving at the same destination. The first ingredient on the INCI list is White Shiitake Extract, which is a mushroom. Obviously there is a high concentration of this ingredient that broadly targets dark spots and is meant to produce lightening within the first week. I will continue my research into the ingredients in Re:Pigment and share my findings in my next update.
Full Ingredient List: Lentinus edodes mycelium extract, Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Propanediol, Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate, Butylene Glycol, Acetyl glycyl beta-alanine, Myristoyl Nonapeptide-3, Tetrapeptide-30, Oligopeptide-68, Diglucosyl Gallic Acid, Evodia Rutaecarpa Fruit Extract, Algae Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Oleate, Disodium EDTA, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Pentylene Glycol, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Ethoxydiglycol, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl glycol.
We’ve already established that Re:Pigment can be used in the morning (with sun protection) and at night, so how does it fit into those routines? Since it is a very light serum, I try to get it as close to my bare skin as possible. I use it after cleansing and misting, before all other serums. I use about 4-5 drops patted in all over my face. The only exception to that is CAIS. If using CAIS, use CAIS first then Re:Pigment, then MMHC (if this applies to you) or your other serums or acids. Sometimes I will use my acid toner first if the consistency is fluid, like Lixir Skin PHA/AHA 10%. I try to let Re:Pigment set in for about 15 minutes before I apply something else on top. Of course this is not always feesible. Do whatever works for your skin! You can check my Instagram page for more information about how I use this serum in specific routines.
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I plan on making this an ongoing series, updating my results with Re:Pigment. I hope those of you who are on a similar Hyperpigmentation Journey will recognize you are not alone and appreciate my updates. The struggle is real, but I am on a mission to find a solution. Right now Re:Pigment is the best solution I have found for me. It is definitely worth a try for those of you who have tried everything else, or even for someone who is addressing hyperpigmentation for the first time. You may have excellent results with this serum! If you haven’t already read my Top 3 NIOD post, there is more information about other NIOD products there! Until next time..
Stay Happy & Beautiful-
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