Pigmentation, all you need to know about diagnosis and treatment

Pigmentation All You Need To Know About Diagnosis And Treatment

Pigmentation has taken over where wrinkles left off! As a result, there are plenty of creams and treatments available, often causing confusion and giving disappointing results. Here is all you need to know about pigmentation.

 

What is pigmentation?

This is a condition that causes the skin to discolor, also known as hyperpigmentation. It presents as either light or dark patches on the skin. It is the result of hormonal balances and/or extended sun exposure and consequently proves to be difficult to treat.

 

What causes discolouration?

This skin discolouration is as a result of increased levels of melanin in the skin. Common causes are injury, sun damage and hormonal changes (known as melasma). However, please note that birthmarks and freckles are a different type of pigmentation, because they are genetically determined.

 

Will you get it?

Generally, these patches are hereditary and are not limited to a particular skin type, nationality or age group. As a result, if your mother had them, you’re likely to have them too.

 

How can I protect against it?

Wear sun protection rain or shine UV Ray’s are not only out when the sun is shining! Wear a high-quality sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection every day. This is vital when your skin is susceptible to pigmentation, for example, pregnancy and hormonal changes.

Our top picks are:

– Lamelle’s Helase SPF 50

Heliocare (options to suit all skins, colours and texture preferences)

Obagi Nu-Derm Sunshield SPF 50

 

Treating pigmentation

It is difficult to get the desired results without treating the cause of the pigmentation. Products are to be used in conjunction with a prescription, and treatment plan devised by an aesthetic doctor. Sun spots can be pre-cancerous and need to be checked at regular intervals, early detection saves lives.

The fact remains, however, the most effective results are achieved with a combination of treatments. Treatments include Laser, Fraxel Dual Laser, Skin Peels, Laser Genesis and some might not be suitable for you. Invest in your skin always put safety first!

 

 

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