Got Pigmentation? Hereâs how to beat it!
27 August 2016
Got Pigmentation? Here’s how to beat it!
Pigmentation is up there with wrinkles on the list of biggest skin care concerns. The good news is, there are ways to reduce and improve the appearance of pigmentation, giving you a more even skin tone.
- What is pigmentation and how is it caused?
Pigmentation is a common skin condition that results in patches of lighter or darker skin. It’s caused by heightened levels of melanin in the skin and may appear following inflammation (after some skin treatments), injury, hormonal changes, or sun damage. Some types of pigmentation, such as freckles and birthmarks, are genetically determined.
- Who’s most at risk?
If you’ve got olive or darker skin, you’re unfortunately more at risk of developing pigmentation patches. Similarly, the condition seems to be passed on genetically down the mother’s line, so if your mum suffers from pigmentation and you share her skin type, it’s likely you’ll also develop it. Excess sun exposure can also be a leading factor in whether or not you develop pigmentation.
- How to prevent pigmentation
The most important thing you can do to prevent pigmentation from developing is to ensure you use adequate sun protection. Apply a sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection every day and try to stay in the shade during the hottest part of the day.
- I’ve got pigmentation – how do I treat it?
If your pigmentation is mild, you may find using over-the-counter creams helpful. Look for those containing niacinamide, antioxidants and liquorice extract to help lighten your pigmentation.
If you notice a change in pigmentation, it’s vital your skin is assessed by an expert dermatologist. You may be advised to try certain treatments such as Medical Microdermabrasion, Laser treatment or Skin Peels to reduce the appearance and leave you with a more even skin tone.
Often a combination of treatments will be suggested after a thorough skin analysis has been undertaken.
Treatments for pigmentation explained
It’s good to be in the know about all the types of treatment available to you so you can choose the right one for your needs.
- Medical Microdermabrasion is used to slough away the top layer of dead skin cells, leaving you with a brighter, smoother and clearer complexion.
- Chemical Skin Peels encourage the skin’s dead top layer to shed, leaving behind bright new skin. It’s important to use sunblock following this treatment to prevent further pigmentation.
- Depending on your skin type, Laser treatment may be used to encourage and promote faster cell turnover. Although there’s no downtime from this treatment, you may need to apply an anaesthetic cream to help any redness subside faster.
- Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) uses multiple wavelengths to help lighten skin. This treatment is mainly used on patients with lighter skin tones.
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