What is Pigmentation?
Pigmentation is a condition that describes skin that appears darker. It can:
– Occur in small patches
– Cover large areas
– Affect the entire body
There are several types of pigmentation, the common ones being melasma, sunspots, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Melasma is believed to be caused by hormonal changes and may develop during pregnancy. Areas of hyperpigmentation can appear on any area of the body, but they appear most commonly on the stomach and face.
Also called liver spots or solar lentigines, sunspots are common. They’re related to excess sun exposure over time. Generally, they appear as spots on areas exposed to the sun, like the hands and face.
This is a result of injury or inflammation to the skin. A common cause of this type is acne.
Your skin is made up of 3 layers. We are interested in talking about 2 only today. The dermis and the epidermis.
This cell here is called the melanocyte cell and it lives for up to 20 years. The cell is deep in the dermal junction.
This cell is responsible for your pigmentation.
What causes Pigmentation?
Sunlight and white light from screens/phones and certain lighting.
Hormones from stress, pregnancy and some medication which can affect hormones.
Harsh products/free radical damage/poor barrier function.
Once the melanocyte cell is turned ‘on’ it keeps reposting brown pigmentation cells onto the skin.
The worst thing you can do is exfoliate the skin, aggressive peeling, microdermabrasion or bleaching creams. All of the above will ‘thin’ the epidermis and allow more UV and free radical damage to penetrate the skin.
We want to repair the barrier defense and thicken the epidermis.
What would you do?
– Turn the cell (tap) off, so it doesn’t continue to deposit brown pigment onto the skin.
– Tyrosine Effect Vitamin C will eat up any free radical damage and is an antioxidant.
– Vitamin A will thicken the epidermis and contribute to healthier skin.
– SPF & clean make up with SPF will be your insurance to protected skin.
– Supplements will feed the cell and fortify from the inside.
– Skin Rejuvenation (Intense Pulse Light Laser)
– Gentle controlled peels
– Medical Needling
Salon Skin Programs
– Obagi Nu Derm System
Lets create a plan bespoke for your Pigmentation to get an incredible result like this.