Our Pigmentation Approach

Hyperpigmentation affects everyone differently. But whether it’s dark marks, a dull skin tone or pesky sun spots, these little imperfections have one thing in common: they can all leave us feeling less than confident in our own skin. We want to empower you to take control of your skin, without using harmful ingredients that bleach and damage the complexion. That’s why we have developed a solution that works in synergy with your skin to tackle hyperpigmentation head on. Our carefully curated products can be incorporated into your routine to brighten and luminise your skin; giving you your confidence back.

Oxyresveratrol (Oxy-R)

A high-performance brightening agent clinically proven to deliver radiant, even-toned skin in just 14 days.(1) As a supercharged version of well-known skincare ingredient resveratrol, oxyresveratrol ensures an even skin tone by inhibiting the enzyme responsible for excess melanin production (tyrosinase). A remarkable development in the field of brightening skincare, Oxy-R has been shown to be up to 32 times more effective than kojic acid. Dotted throughout the entire Pigmentation solution, high strength and patented (2) oxyresveratrol truly shines in White Balance® Brightening Serum; ideal for targeting stubborn hyperpigmentation.

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1 Independent clinical trial on White Balance® Click Oxy-R (now updated to White Balance® Brightening Serum)

2 E. Isaacs, D. Isaacs, K. Murugesan, Stabilised Oxyresveratrol Compositions, 2017, 20170071834

Kojic Acid

Medik8’s first and original brightening serum uses kojic acid. Naturally derived from mushrooms, it can bind to the enzymes which produce pigment to block the formation of melanin. This targets hyperpigmentation and leaves a luminous and even complexion. For kojic acid devotees we have White Balance® Original Serum which combines the power of kojic with arbutin for maximum brightening power.

Vitamin C

Super-stable ethylated ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is now included in White Balance® Brightening Serum to deliver a luminising boost. Vitamin C is also able to neutralise any free radical damage which can eventually lead to hyperpigmentation.

Chemical Exfoliators

The pigmentation solution is backed up with non-irritating polyhydroxy acids (PHAs). The big sister of AHAs and BHAs, PHAs work to gently dissolve the bonds that hold dead skin cells to the surface of the skin; revealing the new, radiant cells underneath. PHAs such as gluconolactone are much less irritating than AHAs or BHAs, and are featured in Brightening Powder Cleanse™ and White Balance® Overnight Repair. Because pigmentation affects multiple layers of skin, it is important to be consistent in order to see the results, but it’s a great way to speed up the brightening process, especially when used in conjunction with oxyresveratrol.


The number 1 enemy of pigmentation is UV light. All types of pigmentation are worsened by sun exposure. It is essential to apply a broad spectrum, high SPF sunscreen daily to shield skin from damaging UV rays and free radicals. White Balance® Everyday Protect combines beautifully lightweight SPF 50 protection with the brightening power of Oxy-Rand vitamin C, to target every aspect of pigmentation.

Boost the results of your pigmentation regime. Medik8’s White Peel is an in-clinic treatment which reveals a brighter, more even complexion. Find your local clinic to try for yourself.

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