Pigmentation is a common skin problem, especially as we age. Here are some answers to the question ‘how can I get rid of skin pigmentation?’
“How can I get rid of pigmentation?”
This is a question many clients ask their skin specialist. First up, it is helpful to understand the cause of this condition.
Skin pigmentation explained
Everyone’s skin has pigment, it is what gives it colour. However, as we age, the even skin tone enjoyed as children and young adults starts to become unbalanced. Brown pigment patches appear, most noticeably on our hands and faces. This is caused by environmental damage and our skin’s natural melanin production but in some people it is more pronounced than others.
If brown spots, age spots and skin pigmentation are troubling you, there are some ways to minimise their appearance. Take a look at some ingredients, products and treatments which are popular for getting rid of pigmentation.
- Aloe Vera
Studies show that aloe vera is a natural, non-toxic depigmenting compound that can be used to treat pigmentation.
Try applying aloe vera to affected areas of your skin before going to bed and rinsing it off with warm water the next morning. Repeat the cycle daily until you see results.
- Green Tea Extract
Just like aloe vera, green tea extract is known for its de-pigmenting properties when applied directly onto the skin.
Take note, though, that we’re talking about green tea extract and not green tea bags. While some people swear by the latter, there is currently no actual scientific study proving their efficacy.
- Red Onion Extract
Research shows that dried red onion skin can be effective in lightening dark patches on your skin. It’s so effective in fact, that several scar and skin-lightening creams actually contain red onion extract.
- Brightening creams
Skin brightening creams can be a worthy investment if you have been wondering how to get rid of pigmentation.
One brand we recommend is Image Iluma Intense Brightening Creme. This effectively fades age spots and hyperpigmentation. It contains an exclusive lightening complex which limits your skin’s melanin production (this is what leads to skin pigmentation). The creme evens out skin discolourations and brightens skin for a healthy, youthful and radiant complexion.
You’ll find this creme at our online store.
- Overnight mask
Another option is IMAGE’s Ageless Total Overnight Retinol Masque. Recommended for use two or three times a week, the infusion of triple action time-released retinol technology helps to increase firmness, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin imperfections.
Talk to your beauty therapist about whether this product is right for you and how often you should use it.
- Cosmetic Treatments
Home remedies and creams should lighten skin pigmentation but sometimes more thorough treatment is needed to have you looking your best.
Your first step is to book a consultation with a skin specialist who will examine your skin and the pigment which is troubling you. From there, options may include:
- MDA: A non-invasive skin resurfacing procedure that gently reveals your fresher, younger skin cells
- Specialised laser treatments, which offer fast, comfortable and safe results on broken capillaries, spider veins and brown spots
- Microdermabrasion and IPL rejuvenation, for fast results on ageing and pigmentation
- Skin needling: To bring pigment to the surface and restore a more even skin tone.
Cosmetic scientists are constantly developing new and improved treatment methods to reduce brown spots and skin pigmentation. To reduce your imperfections, book an initial consultation at The Temple Skincare & Spa. Your specialist with review your complexion, go through your treatment options and recommend a course of action for at home and in the salon.
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