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Managing Hyperpigmentation

The dark spots on your face

Have you looked in the mirror lately and noticed patches of skin on your face appear darker in places where it was once even toned or after your holiday your skin remains patchy even after your glow fades. This is called hyperpigmentation.

Defining hyperpigmentation

The word hyper as used in all other areas means “more” or “excessive. Pigment is the colour of our skin so hyperpigmentation translates to more pigment. That pigment (colour) in our skin is called melanin, produced by our cells it is responsible for giving us our skin tone. When those cells overproduce melanin in certain areas, the skin will appear blotchy or patchy in colour.

Hyperpigmentation is tricky to treat. Different to the freckles you were born with, this form of colour on the skin is caused by either over exposure to sun, hormonal changes such as pregnancy, medications such as the birth control pill and incredibly studies have also shown that heat alone (without direct sunlight) can cause pigmentation. For many it is not until our 30s & 40s that it appears on the skin, however it has been brewing under the surface for years. It is trickiest to treat by this point as it is often a combination of all of the above factors, culminating with what you see on the surface.

What to do about pigmentation……really

To get real results, we as your skin therapist must address cortisol levels, stress levels, any hormonal imbalances as well as lifestyle factors that may be contributing to the overproduction of melanin. We are trained in this and for anything outside of our expertise we refer. For an instant result we can utilize sophisticated skin peels (taking off the dulling surface layer of the skin), ingredients that inhibit the production of the excess melanin such as kojic acid, ingredients that brighten and lighten the surface of the skin such as vitamin c and treatments like LED light therapy, IPL skin rejuvenation and collagen induction therapy However, without addressing the aforementioned internal factors and continually working on prevention through the correct mix of home care ingredients it will come back, guaranteed. We see this all of the time. It is not that the treatment has been ineffective, but that there was no internal work being done or the clients commitment to long term management of the condition has been lacking, it takes time, persistence and trust. It is helpful to use the analogy of a personal trainer when treating pigmentation. You don’t go to the gym and expect to have a lean and toned body from one workout. You go regularly, you eat all the right foods, you trust and you persist. When you stall, you get a trainer who pushes you harder. That is what gets results. The same can be said for pigmentation. Get yourself a skin therapist you trust, follow their lead, they will educate you, guide you and treat your skin holistically (whole person). This will result in long lasting, even toned, gorgeous glowy skin.