What is pigmentation?

If you pay close attention to your skin, you may have noticed small areas of discolouration and darkening. Not those freckles…

I’m talking uneven dark patches that seem to persist on your face, neck, shoulders and hands. This is pigmentation – or brown spots as they’re more commonly known.

How can you get pigmentation? It is caused by the sun.

In this blog, I wanted to give you as much information on pigmentation as possible because some have it and don’t even realise.

So, what are these dark patches on my skin?

Okay, let’s jump straight in.

Also known as hyper-pigmentation, pigmentation occurs due to an increase in the number of pigment-producing cells in the skin, or the pigmented substance they produce (melanin).

Why do I have pigmentation on my skin?

Interestingly, it’s not always brought on by sun exposure as 95% of sufferers are female. In most cases, melasma is thought to be triggered by pregnancy, hormonal medication e.g. the contraceptive pill and medical conditions that cause altered hormone levels.

Post-inflammatory pigmentation follows injury or inflammation of the skin, for example following a flare-up of acne or eczema. Whilst often considered a temporary phenomenon, it can be more intense and longer-lasting in skin of colour.

I say this a lot in the clinic but it’s so true; the most effective way to prevent pigmentation from occurring in the first place, or to stop it from getting worse is to wear sunscreen daily. Even in the winter months!

What treatment is there for pigmentation and what are the best skincare products to use?

If pigmentation appears after starting a known culprit medication, withdrawal may be necessary if it is safe to do so. In the case of melasma, there is little one can do if it occurs for the first time or flares during pregnancy. However, women taking hormonal contraception may wish to discuss alternative contraception methods with their doctor.

Think about the most careful you’ve ever been in the sun…and then think about being even more careful than that! Successful treatment of hyper-pigmentation, such as a Glow chemical peel which is available at Christchurch Derma Spa, hinges on strict sun avoidance. It may only take a few minutes of sun exposure without adequate protection to undermine weeks of active treatment.

A Glow chemical peel and products have key ingredients for pigmentation which include Hyaluronic acid, Mandelic, and Citrus Junos Fruit Extract.

Not only does this incredible chemical peel treat hyperpigmentation it also reduces age spots, sun damage and dull, tired skin dramatically.

The Glow Peel contains the smallest and most effective alpha hydroxy acid, derived from sugar cane. It exfoliates the epidermis, promotes epidermolysis, and stimulates the growth of new skin. It safely removes the outer layer of dead skin cells, bringing fresh, new skin to the surface. This chemical peel has no downtime.

Where can I go for a chemical peel skin treatment near me? And where can I purchase skincare products?

Christchurch Derma Spa is a skin clinic in Christchurch, Dorset offering bespoke skin treatments such as Chemical PeelsMicrodermabrasion and Skin Tightening.

After a skin consultation, Christchurch Derma Spa will talk through a treatment plan and offer advice on skincare.

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