Pigmentation, all you need to know about diagnosis and treatment
27 Nov 2016
It is assumed that wrinkles are the greatest concern in the world of skin. This may have been true previously, but pigmentation has caught up. There are plenty of creams and treatments available, the result is an overwhelming sense of confusion. What is best to treat your pigmentation and why should you invest in good quality skin products?
WHAT IS PIGMENTATION?
A condition that causes the skin to appear lighter or darker than normal. Also known as, hyper-pigmentation and the result of hormonal balances and/or extended sun exposure.
WHAT CAUSES IT?
Increased levels of melanin present in the skin that produces colour. It could be the result of injury, sun damage or hormonal changes (known as melasma). It is important to note though that birthmarks and freckles are a different type of pigmentation, which is genetically determined.
WILL YOU GET IT?
These patches have been proven to be hereditary and they are no longer limited to a particular skin type. Truth be told if your mother had them, you’re likely to have them too. It is therefore of utmost importance to avoid excessive sun exposure. Always wear sun protection rain or shine!
HOW CAN I PROTECT AGAINST IT?
Always wear sun protection rain or shine! Wear a sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection every day, not just in summer. This is vitally important at times when your skin is susceptible to pigmentation, such as pregnancy and hormonal changes.
Our favourites are:
– Heliocare (they have a variety of options to suit all skins, colours and texture preferences)
– Obagi Nu-Derm Sunshield SPF 50
Over-the-counter creams effective when used in conjunction with an aesthetics doctors, prescription and treatment plan. It is difficult to get the desired results without understanding and treating the cause of the pigmentation.
Never risk your health, get your condition assessed by a medical aesthetics doctor. It might not appear dangerous, but some sun spots can be pre-cancerous and need to be checked.
The fact reamin however that you may need a combination of treatments such as Laser, Fraxel Dual Laser, Skin Peels, Laser Genesis and some might not be suitable for you. Invest in your skin put always put safety first!