Suffering From Pigmentation, Sun Spots, Freckles or Uneven Skin Tone?
Pigmentation means coloring. Skin pigmentation disorders affect the color of your skin. Your skin gets its color from a pigment called melanin. Special cells in the skin make melanin. When these cells become damaged or unhealthy, it affects melanin production. Some pigmentation disorders affect just patches of skin. Others affect your entire body.
If your body makes too much melanin, your skin gets darker. Pregnancy, Addison’s disease, and sun exposure all can make your skin darker.
Blotchy, uneven skin discolouration is known as pigmentation. Pigmentation unfortunately affects virtually everyone at some point in our lives, some more so than others. This is mainly thanks to our harsh Australian climate and lifestyle.
There are around five different types or causes of pigmentation. In order to effectively remove the appearance of blotchy, uneven pigmentation the „trigger‟ or „cause‟ must be identified and eliminated before treating the concern.
For example, during pregnancy most females experience Melasma; hormonal pigmentation, otherwise known as the pregnancy mask. This type of pigmentation will often naturally disappear post pregnancy and once no longer lactating, but trying to treat this condition whilst the hormonal stimulant is still present is pointless.
So, the steps to success are to firstly diagnose the pigment present, then identify and remove the pigment trigger, religiously wear a broad spectrum SPF 30+, avoid excessive, unprotected sun exposure, topical homecare application of high performance skincare products are vital, plus professional skin treatments and sometimes maintenance treatments.
Treatment Options for Pigmentation
In terms of the best solution for pigmentation; so many variables impact on the answer to this question such as; skin tone and colour, medications and medical conditions, age, general health and diet plus also, the level of commitment that you are prepared to dedicate to achieving your skin goals.
The cheaper options are Medical strength Microdermabrasion treatments, skin treatments and chemical peels, these options require more treatment and results are gradual. For best results, Advanced treatments provide dramatic results and require fewer treatments.
IPL Skin Rejuvenation: The colour present in the pigmented lesion, acts as a magnet and draws the light heat and energy to the area which will then either crust (this is not a scab, just a little dry feeling do not pick it off as the skin is still healing underneath this generally lasts from 5- 10 days.) or the pigment shatters and is reabsorbed back into the bloodstream. Crusting is generally more apparent in the first session as there is more pigment, as the treatments progress less pigment is visible so the energy penetrated tends to fade the remaining pigment gradually. To achieve optimum results a homecare regimen is imperative as is total UV avoidance.
Skin Needling: Creating a controlled trauma activates the birth of new skin cells. As new cells are born the old damaged/pigmented cells fall off and are replaced by the fresh, undamaged skin cells beneath.
Cosmeceutical Skincare: To keep your skin fresh and glowing remember the basics of skin care. Cleanse to remove excess oils and grime daily. Exfoliate regularly to keep your skin smooth as over time the natural exfoliation process slows down. Moisturise daily to keep your skin hydrated and finally, protect your skin from the sun.
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