Skin Basics - Pigmentation

October 18, 2019

Let’s talk about one of the most common skin concerns in Australia: Hyper-pigmentation or dark spots. 

First, let’s go through our skins natural colour.

 

 

 

The colour (pigment) of your skin is produced by melanocytes within the epidermis; the melanocytes release a pigment called melanin which is responsible for the colour in our skin. The skin condition of hyperpigmentation is the excess melanin release resulting in clusters which appear as dark or brown spots on the skin.

 

What causes hyperpigmentation to occur?

 

Hyperpigmentation can be caused by multiple factors including hormones, skin trauma and most commonly photo damage, which is also known as sun damage or UV damage.  Sun damage is the most common cause of hyperpigmentation in Australia.  This is due to our environment and our love of the outdoors culture. Hyperpigmentation is just one of the many reasons to avoid getting sun burnt.

 

How do we manage hyperpigmentation?

 

With regards to the causes of hyperpigmentation, we cannot control hormones or skin trauma and as stated previously our past sun exposures are the most common cause of pigmentation issues. Further prevention is the key going forward. Firstly; slip – slop - slap on all occasions and this will go a long way to help reduce hyperpigmentation in the future. 

 

What about NOW?  

 

Photo-rejuvenation treatments are very successful at managing hyperpigmentation and is utilised frequently by doctors and skin therapists. An alternative option can be the application of a specialised skincare routine. This can be done in combination with photo rejuvenation or as a standalone.

 

A skincare routine with specialist products containing evidence based brightening ingredients like Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Bilberry extract, Sea Buckthorn and other ingredients that encourage cell turn over can aid in hyperpigmentation management.  These ingredients within a skincare routine can make an impact in your skins brightness and clarity.   

 

Shop the range of products suited for Pigmentation here: https://www.daviddeansskincare.com.au/pigmentation 

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