Do you have uneven skin tone, brown spots or melasma on your face? Do you find them unsightly and would like the spots to vanish, returning your skin to the way it used to be?
When it comes to Treating Uneven Skin Tone and pigmentation it can be difficult to know where to start! Uneven skin tone, with or without darkened brown areas, is a skin issue that has taken time to develop and even though you may like the idea of a quick zap to remove them, there is no quick, magical solution
The damage from UV radiation is more than likely to have happened years ago, with your darkening just starting to show up on the surface of your skin now. Whether it’s just the tone and texture of your skin, the brown areas or the hormonal markings, once the pigmentation has begun to appear on the surface, it will continue to show itself in different areas and colours. You will need to control it first, then master the art of managing your particular type of pigment in your individual skin type and its condition.
What you see today is an accumulation of your life to this point- in particular, how well you have protected your skin from the sun.
Treatments for pigmentation focus on management and control and include specific home care products, regular in-clinic treatments, caring for your inner hormone health and wearing a physical, zinc-based sunblock every single day.
A Specific Ingredient to avoid is… Hydroquinone
Over-the-counter skin lightening creams are topically used to lighten darker skin types or to lighter areas of pigmentation in the skin. They contain a chemical called Hydroquinone that works by partially blocking the chemical reaction that occurs to produce melanin. As we already know, melanin is what gives our skin, hair and eyes colour. The problem with Hydroquinone is that it is known to have some serious side effects, including thinning of the skin, acne and permanent skin bleaching. Many countries have banned Hydroquinone for use in over-the-counter cosmetic preparations, including Australia. However, it is still available by prescription. At The Skin Care Clinic we have specialty serums for skin lightening and fading of pigmentation that are Hydroquinone-free.
Treating Uneven Skin Tone and Pigmentation
The key is to reverse the DNA damage, which will decrease the amount of melanin produced, thus lightening the existing pigment and brightening the skin. This will be achieved by using specific pigment-treating serums (more on that below), but the following lifestyle changes will also help a great deal.
- Keep your skin well hydrated with minimal inflammation – good diet and sufficient water.
- Ensure your gut health, which influences your hormones, is as healthy as possible
- Wear a physical sunblock every single day
- Don’t strip your skin with harsh products
- As well as your specific pigment products, use a serum(s) containing Vitamin A and Vitamin C, plus lots of other nourishing antioxidants
If you have sensitive or reactive skin, please see this article to help you understand why your skin might be sensitive or reactive. Specific products to help you control your pigmentation are on the downloadable PDF below.
Sun Protection Recommendations
Remember, a physical block may be labelled SPF 15, but it is really a wall between your skin and the sun, which makes it far superior to chemical-based products, whatever the SPF. Generally, the physical block is a safer choice, even though you do need to reapply it a little more often.
SPF types for skin types and lifestyles – read more about it here.
- Sports people and those with oily, acne skins – CosMedix Reflect spray on SPF or Aspect Dry Touch
- Dry, sensitive or mature skins – CosMedix Hydrate+
- Normal skins wanting moisturiser and sunblock together – Aspect Hydra Shield or Osmosis MD Protect
Best makeup to Conceal & Cover-up
We have put together an easy to follow brief list of makeup and products that are great for concealing skin tone issues while being super beneficial for your skin. Any one of these will help to ease the frustration as you take control of your skin.
Best In-Clinic Treatments for Treating Uneven Skin Tone
Any that improve your hydration are great to start with, however Vitamin A Facial Infusions and IPL rejuvenation are our recommendations for uneven skin tones and pigmentation of all types. Best results are seen once the skin is in its best condition.
Before and After a Course of 3 IPL Treatments for Sun Damage to the Décolletage:
*Please be aware that everyone’s skin is different and results will vary from person to person.
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