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23 Jan

Getting Even with Pigmentation

We all love a glowing, even complexion, but there’s a culprit keeping many of us from experiencing this – especially in Australia where avoiding sun exposure seems like mission impossible. We’re talking about pigmentation – think Melasma (also known as ‘pregnancy mask), uneven skin tone, brown patches, sun spots and age spots. Basically, all the discolouration that usually has you reaching for your foundation to give your skin a consistent tone.

 

What is pigmentation?

Pigmentation occurs when the body produces an excess of melanin (the skin cells responsible for giving your skin colour). This deposit of pigment in the visible layers of skin is usually presents in a blotchy, uneven manner, darker than the rest of your skin. The triggers for this are varied, from hormones (responsible for Melasma and ’pregnancy mask’), genetic predisposition (thanks Mum and/or Dad), and of course sun exposure. The good news is that our exposure to the sun is one factor that we can have control over that does make a visible and important difference to preventing pigmentation and a raft of other skin concerns.

 

How do I stop pigmentation from getting worse?

You’ve heard it before, but we must stress this again: wear sunscreen every single day without fail – rain, hail or shine (did we make our point?). Unprotected sun exposure causes gradual damage to the skin so use a broad-spectrum SPF to protect from both UVA and UVB rays (UVB are responsible for burning, while UVA cause photo-ageing, pigmentation, collagen breakdown and premature wrinkles). *Pro Tip: pair with a fabulous hat and shades.

 

How can I treat my pigmentation?

Firstly, we take a good look at your pigmentation with an Observ skin analysis which goes beyond the surface to show what’s sitting beneath ready to emerge over time. The Observ analyses the skin by taking photographs under different lighting, which will reveal any problems that your skin may have (not limited to pigmentation) and helps our technicians in establishing the ideal treatment for your skin.

Treatment options for pigmentation include our Pigmentation Peel, which causes the top layer of skin the shed along with the pigmentation it carries to reveal a more even tone. To reach the majority of pigmentation, up to three treatments may be required, depending on the depth and severity of the discolouration. Another treatment available to you is Laser, which is great for certain types of pigmentation but not for hormonal types such as Melasma as this shouldn’t be exposed to heat. Fraxel treatment is the gold standard for treating most pigmentation types, as well as the added benefits of reducing lines and wrinkles and improving overall skin texture as well as tone.

As treatment is individual, we offer a complimentary Observ skin analysis and treatment plan with our qualified and experienced pigmentation aestheticians.

 

What skincare products should I use?

A combination of skin brightening serums and exfoliation can help to reduce pigmentation and prevent it from reoccurring.

We recommend these hero products to keep pigmentation at bay and promote an even complexion:

HERO PRODUCT: UltimateRX Even Tone Serum

Protects against free radical damage and works to suppress pigment cells. Contains Jackfruit, Date Palm, Probiotic Peptide and Licorice to aid in fading visible sun damage and block over-production of melanin. It is also brightening, hydrating and promotes collagen formation.

MUST-HAVES

Retinol – Assists in the reduction of pigmentation by increasing cell turnover.
UltimateRX Retinol also contains White Willow Bark, Papaya and Pineapple that help to brighten and decongest the skin.

Vitamin C – A potent anti-oxidant that helps to brighten the skin and protect from the sun!

Whatever your skin type or concern at Ultimate Skin & Body Clinics we have the know-how to help you. Why not book a complimentary consultation with one of our expert team members.

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