Skin pigmentation disorders affect many people. Pigmentation is caused by an increase in Melanin. Melanin is the natural pigment that gives our skin, hair and eyes their colour.
Known as hyperpigmentation it is a common and harmless condition. Patches of skin become darker than the surrounding skin. It is unsightly and can be improved with a little effort.
Many factors can trigger an increase in melanin production. The main ones are sun exposure, hormonal influences, age and skin injuries / inflammation.
The good news is hyperpigmentation can be prevented – and improved to stop pigmentation in its tracks.
How can we stop pigmentation from happening in the first place?
- Avoid direct sunlight. Try to stay out of the sun during the peak hours of 10am-2pm
- Wear a hat. Shade your face with a wide-brimmed hat
- Apply broad spectrum SPF every day – even in winter. Increase the SPF during summer months
- Avoid tanning beds
- Don’t spray perfume on your neck if going out in the sun – rather spray it on your clothes.
What are the best treatments?
A course of Microdermabrasion is the perfect treatment for pigmentation issues. Weekly MD facials will help to work through the layers of pigmentation. This will leave you with a glowing and more even skin. You must protect your skin with a high SPF at all times.
Another great fix for hyperpigmentation is SkinBase IPL Rejuvenation. This effective laser treatment can improve the colour and texture of your skin. IPL targets pigmentation by delivering high intensity, controlled pulses of light. These rays penetrate the skin causing it to fragment. Immediately after treatment your skin may feel hot. Pigmentation spots become darker before gradually lightening. A course of IPL will help to reduce pigmentation and reveal a more even skin tone. It also reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
Always remember, a single day of excess sun can undo months of treatment!