Did you know that pigmentation is created by our bodies to act as a defence mechanism? For example, when the skin is being hounded by the sun, it will create pigmentation to put up a wall and protect us. To get all technical on you, this results in the melanocyte (the cell that produces pigment) over-producing melanin (skin discolouration). This is exhibited on the skin as brown lesions. There is no doubt, the way the body functions is pretty amazing but come on pigmentation!
We know you mean well, but gifting us with blotches of pigment to protect us? That’s a little harsh. Don’t worry; your skin won’t crumble and fall off if this delightful defence mechanism isn’t in play. There are plenty of other ways we can protect ourselves, but your skin will be much clearer and you will be much happier once we cut out that middle man (aka pigmentation). Skin therapists tend to have a rather love/hate relationship when it comes to treating pigmentation.
The reason? Once we get it under control, the reduction in pigmentation can be life-altering for our clients. But it is a pretty complicated skin condition. In fact, possibly the most complicated, with multiple types of pigmentation and a whole portfolio of causes!
So let’s simplify things… The different types of Pigmentation:
Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation
Just like its name suggests, this type of pigmentation is caused by the skin experiencing inflammation, caused by external trauma; such as sun exposure, incorrect treatments and/or products, picking at the skin, etc. We like post-inflammatory pigmentation, it sits closer to the surface of the skin which makes it easier to remove, plus it won’t come back unless exposed to the same thing that caused it in the first place!
This is caused by internal responses to hormones, pregnancy, medications, hormonal imbalances and stress. You may have heard of or even experienced Melasma, a very commonly experienced mask type of pigment usually present during pregnancy. Yeah, thanks, kids! We have a little less love for passive pigmentation as it sits deeper within the skin, making it more difficult to remove.
So… How Can Pigmentation Be Treated?
The key to treating pigmentation is determining which type of pigmentation you have and then chipping away at it, like a diamond. Slow and steady wins the race, and it’s definitely a race we can win! It does take commitment to both professional treatments and a strict home care regime, incorporating ingredients such as Kojeic Acid (a pigment blocker) and Vitamin A (a cell corrector), but it is all worth it in the end! Check out our blog on Cosmelan, an amazing professional treatment for pigmentation.
Results achieved in 8 weeks So long pigmentation, and hello clarity!