One of the biggest skin concerns for a lot of my clients is pigmentation. It actually has been proven that pigmented skins look more aged than a skin that has fine lines and wrinkles.
Uneven Skin Tone can have a massive affect on your confidence and you will be forever looking for the next best treatment and best coverage of foundation that never seems to do quite the trick. I wanted to just talk to you a little bit about what it is, why its on some parts of the face and not others and what methods you can take to help even it back out so you can get on with life and know what you are doing for your skin is helping achieve a skincare goal and not going against to cause more damage.
What is Hyperpigmentation?
Hyperpigmentation is a result of an overproduction of Melanin by the melanocytes.
Melanocytes are pigment producing cells. The number of these melanocytes present, will determine our skin colour.
Melanin actually protects our skin from over exposure to UV light and absorbs heat from the sun, however if we add a few things into our lifestyle that can start it to over-produce, that's when we will start to see the uneven skin tone effects and dark patches on our skin.
Types of HyperPigmentation.
1) Sun exposure: When skin is repeatedly exposed to UV light, sun damage occurs. Brown spots appear as a result of too much melanin being produced to help protect skin from UV light. The best way to avoid hyperpigmentation from sun exposure is to make sure that you wear a high quality, non comodegenic SPF (which wont make you break out) It must be "broad spectrum" meaning that it blocks both ultraviolet A and B rays.
2) Hormones: Melasma is hormone-related hyperpigmentation caused by increased hormone stimulation. It is most commonly experienced by women who are pregnant (which is why it’s also known as the “mask of pregnancy”) or taking contraceptives, but can also be a product of reactions to cosmetics or medications.
3) Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation: This is a darkening of skin that’s the result of acne scarring or skin injury due to inflammatory response in skin. The cells associated with melanin production are closely linked with the skin immune system cells; meaning you can’t stimulate one without stimulating the other.
" Nature Gives you the face you had at 20, Its up to you to merit the face you have at 50"
How is Hyperpigmentation best treated?
Like I say with all professional skin treatments. There is absolutely no point in investing a lot of money in your skin treatments if you are going home to just cleanse and slap whatever cheap ingredients onto your skin. 70% of our results come from you doing the hard work at home. The technologies and professional ingredients we use in the treatment room are amazing YES, but I'm not seeing you everyday to help you out with your morning and night routine.
In saying this the best way to help start even out your skin tone will be to use an INHIBITOR at home.
This means we need to have active ingredients in our skin care that will slow the process of the overproduction of melanin in the skin. The below ingredients have many other incredible benefits to the skin, however I will just relate it to stay in line with regards to pigmentation.
- Vitamin B3 - Niacinamide : Coats the nucleus, preventing melanin staining and also raises skin acidity which, regulates Melanogenesis.
- Pure Vitamin C - L-Ascorbic Acid: If you use this in a chirally correct molecule it will inhibit the melanin production, promoting wound healing and stimulates collagen synthesis. It is the only known vitamin, that if worn during the day it will protect your skins DNA from the sun.
- Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA)
Salycilic Acid breaks down keratinized cells and epidermal pigment.
- Vitamin A: Otherwise known in the skincare world as Retinol : This is known for the master vitamin for the skin cell. Think of this scenario like a mechanic for your car. Vitamin A will fine tune your skin and if you have enough vitamin A in your skin it helps other ingredients that are put onto your skin work more effectively. Vitamin A should always be used with caution and the correct dose and buffering system should be used to work your skin up to being able to take higher potencies. The best form to look for when buying Vitamin A for your skin should be Encapsulated and Pure. This will Repair DNA damage, thickens your dermis, strengthens the skin and increases cell turnover.
What treatment should I book into in the salon?
After these inhibitors are introduced into your home care routine and you are dedicated to making a change then it will be worth looking into the technologies the skin treatment centre can offer. Its best to speak with your skin specialist about the appropriate program that will suit your skins needs and your budget, however I'll give you a quick run down on the best in salon treatments on the market today, which if you are needing more information on please feel free to contact me email@example.com
PEELS : A skin specific blend of high end active vitamins, peptides, and antioxidants - harmoniously blended with carefully chosen AHA, BHA and enzymes in advanced delivery systems to ensure the skin is rebuilt, strengthened and repaired from the inside out.
LED Light Therapy : This is a safe and painless procedure and there is no risk of burning or damaging the skin. After using this therapy, the skin texture appears smoother, skin appears brighter and there is no down time or peeling, as can happen in some laser treatments for pigmentation problems.
MICRO NEEDLING : This is known to be one of the best treatments for new collagen production for the skin. Damaged tissue is replaced with fresh collagen deposition to reduce the appearance of indentations and uneven skin texture
LASER OR IPL SKIN RESURFACING: The light is able to specifically target the pigment and destroy it. In careful hands, this is done gently, so that not all pigment in the area is affected, and the background colour is preserved.
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