There are adorable sunspots, like freckles, and then there’s unsightly and unwanted pigmentation. While you may not agree that freckles are fabulous, it’s likely that we’re on the same page when it comes to pigmentation. But, did you know that not all pigmentation is caused by too much sun and exfoliating the dark patches away just won’t work? Well, in this article, our skin pigmentation treatment experts will explore 5 facts about this condition that you might not know, including the two we just mentioned.
So, sun worshippers, read this before you give up your beach days.
You might notice a darker spot on your skin one day while finishing your morning beauty routine and freak out. Unlike acne, wrinkles or redness, people often don’t know as much about pigmentation. So, let’s run through a few facts about this condition.
Before you overstock your sunscreen cabinet…
Let’s go through 5 facts about skin pigmentation.
1. Pigmentation can be treated
While this condition is more stubborn than other common skin complaints, it is treatable. Our clinic offers the Q-switch ND Yag laser, which is medically-proven to reduce pigmentation and help achieve brighter, clearer skin.
2. Watch your vitamin D levels
Our bodies need sunlight exposure, particularly to synthesise vitamin D. Yet, the over-supply of this vitamin can become problematic, as it plays an important role in producing melanin. Follow the sun protection ‘rule’: slip, slop, slap to assist in the prevention of skin pigmentation.
3. Melanin causes visible change
Speaking of melanin, let’s quickly define what this is. Put simply, it’s a pigment produced by melanocytes that’s responsible for our skin tone. If there’s damage or unhealthy change to the melanocyte cells, melanin levels increase and dark patches occur.
4. It’s not just a sun issue
As we have already touched on, there are multiple reasons why someone might develop skin pigmentation. There are external and internal causes including hormonal changes, injury, allergies and stress. It could be genetic or situational. For example, pregnant woman or those coming off birth control medication can have issues with skin pigmentation.
5. Exfoliating it ‘away’ won’t work
In case you were thinking you could exfoliate and the dark patches would disappear with the dead skin, unfortunately it’s not this easy. The constant scrubbing will lead to inflammation, making matters worse. Avoid sore, irritated skin and talk to a professional instead.
If you got a little too serious about your summer tan or have simply noticed dark patches popping up in your skin, don’t worry, there are treatment options available. Contact our clinic about the Q-switch ND Yag laser. It’s medically-proven to reduce pigmentation and help achieve brighter, clearer skin.
As will all of our procedures, we tailor the treatment based on your needs and concerns. These resources are designed to educate you about the condition. For individual treatment options, contact our clinic.
The key to treating pigmentation is early intervention. Beautiful skin is achievable.