Annoyed by those pesky dark patches and spots on your skin? You’re not alone.
Pigmentation refers to unusually darkened areas on your skin, like freckles, sun spots and melisma. It’s a concern many Australians face, mostly because of our outdoorsy lifestyle and sundrenched environment.
Here’s what you need to know about what causes pigmentation, how to prevent it from forming, and how to help remove it:
Common Causes of Pigmentation
The #1 offender for these darkened imperfections is overexposure to the sun. This is amplified if you have inadequate sun protection (so, always remember to slip, slop, slap!).
Pigmentation can also be caused or exacerbated by:
- Genetics (e.g. if you’re very fair).
- Skin trauma caused by previous breakouts or damaging resurfacing treatments, like chemical peels.
- Hormone imbalances caused by stress, pregnancy, contraceptive pills or antibiotics, making the skin more photosensitive.
- Artificial fragrance in things like your perfume and moisturiser, which can affect your skin’s photosensitivity.
How To Prevent Pigmentation
The best way to prevent pigmentation is by applying physical sun protection every day, rain or shine. If it’s a sunny day, it’s more important to put a hat on to when you leave the house and try not to expose too much skin.
When hitting the beach, make sure you apply a mineral sunscreen at least 20 minutes before heading into the sunlight. Slap on broad-brimmed hat and large sunglasses to protect your skin and eyes from the harsh UV rays. Minimising your direct sun exposure is your best bet for reducing your risk of pigmentation.
You’ve got to make sure you also maintain the integrity of your skin as much as possible, so be sure to avoid excessive exfoliation. If your skin’s surface functionality is disrupted and the surface is stripped, your skin becomes more vulnerable to the sun. This increases your risk pigmentation.
How To Fix Pigmentation
- Depending on your skin tone, you could consider pigmentation removal treatment. With the advanced laser technology at You By Sia, we can address pigmentation on fairer skin tones. This involves heating the targeted area of skin with laser pulses, causing the pigmentation to crust at the surface. In the days following treatment, freckles, sun spots and melasma will begin to graze over and shed away.
- If pigmentation removal using a laser isn’t suitable for your skin tone, you can consider a course of skin needling The results can be just as effective and the treatment is suited to all skin types and tones. For this treatment, we gently slide our innovative Regen Pen over the skin, penetrating the dermis with micro-fine needles. These fine micro-lesions trigger the skin’s natural healing response, promoting the release of new collagen and elastin. In turn, this promotes a healthier, thicker dermal layer, reducing the prominence of pigmentation.
- Before, during and after any facial treatment, make sure you look after your skin with quality skincare. We recommend cosmeceutical-grade products that are designed to help tackle pigmentation. Look for products that include active ingredients, botanicals, minerals and antioxidants, so you prepare and support your skin for treatment, thus maximising the effects of treatment.
For further information on our pigmentation removal, skin needing or cosmeceutical-grade skincare at You By Sia contact one of our six clinics based in Sydney CBD, Burwood, Parramatta, St.Ives, Bondi Junction & Castle Hill.