Pigmentations three main causes are hormones and sun damage and PIH ( post inflammatory hyperpigmentation)There are also pigmented lesions that we can be born with or are genetic eg birth mark Regardless of the origin of your pigmentation sun exposure will make it worse. Regardless of the treatment path you choose it is often a slow process removing pigmentation and long term sun smarts and maintenance skincare is required to prevent it returning
The treatment’s we recommend are:
IPL photo rejuvenation – this can be done of many skins but the more olive/ brown your skin is the higher the risk of making the pigment worse
Fractionated laser therapy – This treatment can assist with deeper pigment such as birth marks and melasma
Facial treatments – with lightening agents in them such as skin needling, microdermabrasion and specific peels for pigment removal
Hormonal pigmentation is often caused by pregnancy’s hormones’ or the contraceptives’ pill. Sometimes when we remove the cause of the pigment the issue will go away but sometimes it remains. Laser or IPL can be beneficial for this sort of pigment as can medium depth peels but if you have Asian or darker skins it can potentially make it worse. Lightening skincare is important to use even when having laser treatments
Sun damage pigment often responds extremely well to IPL treatment. The whole skin area can be treated or just individual spots. We can treat anywhere on the body. IPL is however limited to treating sun spots that aren’t raised . For raised or scaly sun spots a trip to the dermatologist is recommended. With treating any sun damage it is important to get all spots checked before we remove them
PIH (Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation)
This condition is common in people with more olive or darker skins. Because their skin produces pigment so easily something as simple as a lip wax or rubbing your eyes is enough to stimulate the pigment cells into action leaving a dark shadowing on the skin. This is difficult to treat as any stimulation from lasers peels etc can make the condition worse and stimulate more pigment . The best way to treat is with pigment inhibitor skincare
Lightening/ brightening skincare as below
DR ASPECT STARTER KIT – $135 (Deep Cleanser, Active C, Exfol A, Resveratrol Moisturiser)
Deep Clean Cleanser – contains AHA lactic acid, and five botanical extracts to safely exfoliate dead skin cells and stimulate cell renewal for smoother, softer and less wrinkled looking skin.
Aspect Active C – powerful antioxidant help to stop new pigment forming
Vitamin B 17 – designed to supercharge your regime and give you the B glow
Exfol A Plus Serum – contains AHA exfoliating serum with added benefits of Vitamin A. Greater exfoliation and vit A help normalise the cells causing the pigment. Goal is to slowly build up COSMEDIX > Define > Defy > Refine Plus.
CosMedix Simply Brilliant – brightening serum and decreases further risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
SkinMedica Lytera – Skin brightening complex, one of the most powerful lightning agents on the market
Resveratrol Moisturiser – strengthens skin barrier, drastically increases hydration