I am seeing a lot of clients come to me with concerns regarding pigmentation which is getting more prominent on their skin. Now, there are a good fews reasons that we get skin pigmentation and they are not all caused by the same thing, however there are treatments which work to treat it and there are measures that you can put in place to stop them from them getting worse.
The main time of year when people start to notice these annoying patches appear is during the summer and this is because you are more than likely not wearing your spf and because the pigment has a higher level of melanin.
Age spots, as they are commonly known are formed when the skin cells are damaged by UV exposure, the melanocytes in the skin which are responsible for melanin production start working overtime, they do love a bit of sun to get them stimulated!
Acne pigmentation or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) as it is known professionally, is commonly seen as scarring but is actually the skins natural reaction to a wound. When the skin is wounded with an acne spot for example, it inflames and triggers melanocyte production which can lead to excessive melanin coming to the surface causing those dark or red marks.
So now you know the causes, I shall give you some professional treatment options below and some homecare ingredients which you should be using to help speed up the healing.
Sorry to disappoint you but there is no quick fix to getting rid of scarring, they will gradually fade over time but how quickly varies person to person. Professional Treatments include Chemical Peels, which work by stimultaing the skin cells to regenerate faster, I personally like to add a bit of Near Infared LED into the treatment when treatng my clients to really supercharge those cells. Micro needling, a treatment which I don't currently offer but will be looking to in the very near future (insider exclusive!!) works by causing microscopic wounds to the skin and thus prompting it to heal itself quicker with stronger fresher cells. Microneedling also allows topically applied products to be absorbed by the skin better, providing a deeper path of penetration for those important active ingredients.
If you want to see a real difference in your skin, it is so so important that you use a good skincare regime at home. I am afraid to tell you that unless you are having a weekly professional treatment, you are not going to see those great results if you are not doing your homework! Niacinamide works to reduce the pigment in the skin, while Vitamin C provides a natural way to fade red and dark marks, rejuvenating skins clarity. A night time favourite of mine is Retinol (Vitamin A) which stimulates cell renewal by deeply exfoliating the skin improving skins texture and reducing scarring. You do have to be careful on your application though, start slowly and introduce the product gradually over a few weeks. Last but not least SPF, SPF, SPF even if it's not sunny you have to apply your SPF to stop those UVA & UVB rays from exciting your melanin!
If you are one of the many suffering with skin pigmentation, please do get in touch should you want further advise on what treatments and products would work for you. I am not a sales person but I am a therapist who can offer you advise and devise a skin journey for you to achieve healthy skin!