Hyperpigmentation + Melanin-Rich Skin

Beautiful skin is worth the investment

The skin care industry is way behind when it comes to serving multicultural skin tones with high-quality efficacious products. The truth is the skin structure is the same for all human beings albeit a significant difference across skin tones... melanin pigments.⁠


  • Melanin pigments give color to hair, skin, eyes, the brain, and glands for all living organisms, in various concentrations.
  • Its secondary function is to protect the deeper layers of the skin against UV radiation.⁠
  • The fallacy that melanin determines ethnicity and is limited to darker-skinned tones, is inaccurate.
  • Yes, multicultural skin typically has higher amounts of melanin. However, not all multicultural skin have pigmentation issues whether dark- medium- or lighter-skin toned.⁠
  • Multicultural skin is generally more compact and elastic with limited skin sensitivities and reduced signs of aging.


  • The basal cell layer contains cells called melanocytes. Melanocytes produce the skin coloring or pigment known as melanin, which gives skin its tan or brown color and helps protect the deeper layers of the skin from the harmful effects of the sun.
  • However, with the top layer of skin being thin and with sun exposure, melanocytes in the lower dermal layer release excess melanin and excess collagen to protect the skin's coloring. This happens every time there is sun exposure and wound trauma and leads to hyperpigmentation, keloid scarring, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).
  • When not properly cared for, skin that has higher melanin concentration is highly susceptible to dryness and dullness in addition to the aforementioned issues.
  • When the skin aging process shifts mid 30s into your 60s, moisturizing, hydrating, exfoliating, and limiting sun exposure to under 15 minutes a day is best.⁠
  • Lasers/ light treatments exacerbate PIH on darker-skinned tones.
  • Bleaching the skin (wound trauma) intensifies existing dark marks.
  • Anti-aging treatments marketed to multicultural skin tones are best for wrinkle-prone skin types.
  • Electronic cleaning brushes significantly irritates the skin and damages the skin's hydrolipidic acidic mantle overtime and with overuse. During the wound healing process and melanocytes working very hard to restore the skin, dark marks and blemishes appear. On lighter-skinned tones, it shows up as redness.
  • Jade/ crystal rollers are not recommended either. We all have healing hands; they fit your face perfectly and the skin loves this act of self-love and self-care.


  • Invest in high-quality #skincare⁠.
  • Frequently exfoliate entire body to minimize appearance of cellulite, dark marks, and smooth dull, rough, ashy skin.
  • Topical acid toners applied overnight exfoliate, hydrate, and strengthen facial skin.⁠
  • Daily face and neck massage for 1 minute with hands.
  • Apply sunscreen after treatments and before makeup.
  • Completely remove sunscreen in evening using #doublecleanse method.⁠
  • For smooth, hydrated skin that glows and is even toned with resilient skin barrier function, we recommend KOKOBÉRNA products.


KOKOBÉRNA is not your conventional beauty company. We do not intend to become one. Instead, we focus on the long-term and aspire to do no evil for customers who care foremost about quality and helping us in our mission to make the world a better place. 
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KOKOBÉRNA is a portmanteau that implies "mother's daughter - brave one.”

Since 1611, KOKOBÉRNA is the world’s leading West African luxury house and integrative well-being brand. Our unique heritage represents the sacred wisdom of herbal and traditional medicinal knowledge backed by science and advanced through the generations. From the ancestral monarchs of Old Calabar Kingdom, Nigeria, West Africa and today under the creative direction of a 14th generation descendant.

KOKOBÉRNA is an invitation to transcend the sands of time and experience a deep-rooted sense of calm, well-being, and vitality from the inside out outside in. We curate a heritage library of ancestral family-owned remedies that span over four centuries and bio-dynamically alchemize the subtle energies of indigenous organic medicinal plants, nocturnal flowers, and seed oils over a lunation to handcraft the most exquisite portfolio of therapeutic spa-grade products rooted in botanical medicine. We thoughtfully design complementary therapies and integrative medicine protocols that holistically empower our clients to improve quality of healing and rejuvenate body + mind + heart + spirit™.

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