If you have dark spots appearing on your skin (particularly in the summer) and are seeking treatment for this pigmentation, then you’re not alone. It is a common concern that I get asked about A LOT in clinic.
Fortunately, in recent years, the field of pigmentation treatment has witnessed remarkable breakthroughs, revolutionising the way we address skincare concerns. Unwanted pigmentation, such as age spots, melasma, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, has long been a source of frustration for many individuals seeking clearer, more radiant skin.
However, thanks to a confluence of scientific advancements and innovative techniques, a new era has dawned in the realm of pigmentation treatment.
BBL treatment stands at the forefront of pigmentation treatment, delivering remarkable results in few sessions. By emitting intense bursts of light, these lasers break down excess melanin, responsible for the pigmentation, while minimizing damage to surrounding tissues. The targeted pigmentation goes darker as it raises to the surface of the skin over the following 10 days, and simply flakes off. For really stubborn or deep setting pigmentation this takes a couple of sessions. The procedure is non-invasive, and patients can typically resume their daily activities immediately following treatment.
Chemical peels have long been a trusted solution for addressing a variety of skin concerns, including pigmentation issues. Utilising a combination of carefully selected acids, these peels exfoliate the skin’s outermost layer, effectively shedding damaged cells and stimulating the growth of new, healthier skin. For pigmentation, specific peels, such as those containing alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), and trichloroacetic acid (TCA), have shown remarkable efficacy. With repeated sessions, chemical peels can noticeably reduce the appearance of pigmentation, unveiling a brighter, more youthful complexion.
While lasers and chemical peels provide transformative results, some individuals prefer a more gradual approach, have mild pigmentation concerns, or have a type of pigmentation that can be resistant to such treatments (for example, some cases of melasma). In such cases, topical treatments are a popular choice. Formulated with powerful ingredients like hydroquinone (which is prescribed by a dermatologist), retinoids, and vitamin C, these creams and serums gradually inhibit melanin production, leading to a reduction in pigmentation over time as the skin naturally sheds the skin cells with the remaining pigmentation. Regular application and adherence to a comprehensive skincare routine are essential for optimal results.
Treating pigmentation has become much more effective over recent years – and technology continues to develop. Preventing pigmentation is always going to be the best option, and it is important to help prevent it after treatment. SPF50+ is your friend. UV radiation is the biggest cause of pigmentation, and whilst melasma can also be triggered by hormones and other factors, UV from the sun exacerbates it. We recommend applying SPF50+ all year, even when it is cloudy as 80% of UV rays still reach the earth through clouds.
BBL treatment, chemical peels, and topical creams stand as formidable allies in combating pigmentation issues, empowering you to address your concerns with confidence. It is always best to seek medical advice from a dermatologist before embarking on treatment, to ensure it is right for you and for optimal results.
If you would like to discuss your pigmentation, give us a call on 02039411815, or drop us a contact here and we will be happy to advise what will be best for you.
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