Problem: Pigmentation marks are patches of skin that become darker than surrounding areas. Also known as hyperpigmentation the condition includes age spots, melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Pigmentation results from an uneven distribution of melanin over the skin surface due to uneven melanin production by the melanocytes. Melanin is a naturally occurring pigment found in the skin that protects the skin and body against the harmful effects of the sun’s radiation. The irritation on the skin’s surface caused by sun exposure translates itself into a greater production of melanin. The amount of melanin that reaches the epidermis gives the skin its colour.
Solution: there is no complete cure for pigmentation, it can be reduced and managed over time. Laser Resurfacing is the pigmentation treatment of choice which can remove up to 80% of melanin; however, laser is not always an ideal treatment for all skin types’ especially darker skins. A combination of Aesthetic treatments including peels and micro needling with concentrated actives that target melanin in the skin combined with specific homecare products help reduce dark areas and even out the skin tone. Daily use of SPF is a must.
Causes: common triggers include sun exposure, pregnancy, birth control pills, and certain cosmetics.
Recommended Product: Topical treatments include Vitamin C – an antioxidant, which is plays an important role in combating dark spots. Vitamin C helps to inhibit the enzyme tyrosinase, which helps to prevent melanin production. Plus, it significantly lightens pigmentation but does not lighten normal skin. Using high factor sun protection daily is a must.
Lifestyle Tips: The number one thing you can do is avoid sun exposure and wear daily sunscreen on the face, neck and décolletage. Wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat when in the sun!
- Healing Cleansing Milk
- Brightening Cream + arbutase
- Fade Fast
- Retinol 100
- My Skin Protected Anti-Oxidant Power Serum