Pigmentation fighting skin care
What is skin pigmentation?
Pigmentation is a term that encompasses many different types of pigmentation which is usually classified into epidermal (superficial), dermal (deep) and can be a mixture of both. It is the abnormal production and deposits of melanin in the skin by melanocytes causing patches of pigmentation to appear as darker areas on the skin.
The main causes of pigmentation
Many different factors can contribute to excessive skin pigmentation including hormones, skin injury, UV exposure and hereditary reasons such as birthmarks. UV exposure can invariably worsen existing pigmentation and cause new pigmentation to form.
Skin care ingredients to control pigmentation
Pigmentation often requires treatment with medical grade lasers and the laser treatment required is determined by the type of pigmentation you have and your skin type. A suitable at home skin care routine is required to help fade the pigmentation, and more importantly, prevent new pigmentation from forming.
Ferulic Acid and Vitamin C
Pollution and UV radiation causes the pigment within your skin to alter, as well as causing premature wrinkles. Ferulic Acid works to protect the skin from those effects. Vitamin C has long been known for its brightening effect on the skin. When applied topically to your skin in the form of a serum, Vitamin C delays melanin production and fades existing dark spots of pigmentation. SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic serum contains the potent combination of Vitamin C and Ferulic Acid as well as Vitamin E, a supplement rich in antioxidants to further neutralise free radicals that contribute to premature ageing and pigmentation.
Tranexamic Acid combined with Niacinamide
Tranexamic Acid is particularly useful for UV induced pigmentation or pigmentation which is further amplified with UV exposure by inhibiting the tyrosinase synthesis in melanocytes. Combined with Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) to inhibit pigment-producing enzymes these two ingredients pack a punch when treating and preventing further pigmentation from forming. You also have the benefit of anti-inflammatory and oil regulating effects of Niacinamide. Aspect Dr Complete Pigment Plus contains these two ingredients in one handy skin care product.
The most important aspect of treating and preventing pigmentation is limiting your UV exposure. Using a sunscreen rated at SPF50, and reapplying throughout the day, will ensure your skin is protected from excessive exposure to pigment and wrinkle causing UV rays. Aspect Sun Envirostat On the Go SPF50 is a handy size to keep in your handbag, beach bag or office desk drawer. Lightweight and non-greasy Envirostat On The Go SPF50 is also 4 hours water resistant.
Complete Anti-Pigmentation skin care kit
Whilst your active skin serums and sunscreen are crucial in combating skin pigmentation the right cleanser and mask should be selected to compliment your pigment fighting efforts and not hinder them. Dr Gavin Chan, together with our team of Skin Therapists, have put together a thoughtfully created skin care kit which contains all of your day time and night time skin routine products, taking away any confusion on which products are best used together. Purchased as a kit this is excellent value as opposed to purchasing the items individually.
Personalised skin care advice
If you would like a personalised skin care recommendation for your specific skin concerns you may book online or call 1300 863 824 to schedule an online video consultation with one of our Skin Therapists.