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Can I Reverse The Signs of Sun Damage and Pigmentation?

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What Causes Pigmentation and Sun Damage?  

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Discoloured sun damaged skin and pigmentation can be caused by a number of factors including the aging process, hormonal changes and high level of UV exposure.  You can also have genetic disposition to some forms of pigmentation. Some of the different typs of pigmentation are: 

  • Melasmarelated to hormonal changes and sun exposure. Often seen during pregnancy or related to the contraceptive pill and other times of hormonal change. This condition tends to be genetic and have a family history.
  • Dyschromia – a general reference to pigmentation of the skin.
  • Hyperpigmentation – is related to a darkening of areas of the skin caused by increased melanin.
  • Hypopigmentation – is a decrease in skin colour related to a depletion of melanin in the skin.

The most common causes of pigmentation are UV damage, hormonal changes and aging.

Can you reduce the appearance of pigmentation and sun damage? 

Yes, you can fade the appearance of most types of pigmentation in the skin with effective professional grade skin care ranges. There are three main ways to fade pigmentation:

  • The first way to help fade the appearance of pigmentation is to use an exfoliator that removes dead skin cells and stimulates cell renewal to reveal fresh new skin. Ingredients such as NeoGlucosamine (a patented NeoStrata active) that exfoliates and fades the signs of pigmentation as well as brightens the skin can help here.
  • The second way is to use brightening ingredients such as or Vitamin C or Alpine Plant Extracts that brighten the skin.
  • The most effective way to manage pigmentation is to use products containing ingredients that inhibit the production of melanin, discouraging further pigmentation from forming. A new ingredient called Sabiwhite, a derivative of turmeric, has also been proven to reduce the signs of pigmentation and discourage dark spots from forming. It has been found to be as effective as hydroquinone in an US study. 

You can also help prevent further pigmentation from UV damage by using a moisturizer or tinted cream with SPF 50+ sunscreen. After all if you have reduce your pigmentation concerns you really need to make sure they don't return as a consequence of UV damage.

What steps can I take to reduce the appearance of pigmentation?

  • For pigmentation related to UV damage, hormonal or natural aging you should look for a professional grade dermatologist pigmentation skin care range that includes a number of ingredients to manage pigmentation such as NeoGlucosamine, Vitamin C, hydroquinone or Sabiwhite. These products should be used for at least 6 – 8 weeks to achieve a noticeable difference.

  • For more serious and stubborn pigmentation you can consider a low strength chemical peel (glycolic and/or citric acid), laser or other in-clinic treatments. You should consult your skin care professional for further advice on these type of treatments.

  • Finally, you can choose a cover up foundation or BB cream that can help hide pigmentation while treatment is ongoing.

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