Summer is officially over! Over the hot Summer months, we have all been enjoying the long sunny days, increasing our exposure to UVA and UVB rays and unfortunately, triggering the production of melanin in our skin, and making pigmentation worse.
Pigmentation is the discolouration of the skin. There are many different causes of pigmentation, the most common being UV exposure. Some people are born with freckles, some develop them with age and sun exposure. The longer the pigment has been there, the longer it will take to fade – so we need to start sooner rather than later.
STEP 1 – Get to the cause of your pigment. Skin pigment can be triggered by many factors including hormones, congenital, inflammatory responses (trauma) and UV exposure.
STEP 2 – Homecare – Rome wasn’t built in a day! Home care will be your ‘best friend’.
Exfoliate with an appropriate AHA . This will aid in ‘breaking up’ and removing pigmented cells. Tyrosinase inhibitor (lightener) such as Aspect’s Pigment Punch helping keep the melanin (pigment causing cells) at bay.
- Vitamin A – to ‘normalise’ the skin
- Vitamin C – to suppress the formation of melanin
- SUNBLOCK – and lot’s of it!! Reapply every 2 hours when outdoors with a broad spectrum sunblock. We recommend Environ RAD 15+ and Aspect’s Envirostat SPF 30+
STEP 3 – In-clinic treatment. Depending on the type of pigment, will influence the treatment choice for you. These treatments are generally stronger treatments used in the clinic only to speed up the process of treating the dark spots.
One of the fastest and most effective treatments to even out skin tone and treat pigmentation is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). IPL is a light based skin rejuvenation treatment, similar to laser, used to treat most types of pigmentation. There is very little, if any downtime and it is suitable for most people. Now that the sun is going down and we are not as exposed to UV light, it is the best time to start a course of IPL treatment. For best results, 3 – 5 treatments are needed 3- 4 weeks apart.