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PIGMENTATION: THE FACTS


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Pigmentation is fast becoming the number 1 skin concern around the world. Pigmentation has many different ways of presenting, so it’s important to understand  exactly what it is and how to protect yourself against it.

WHAT IS PIGMENTATION?

Without going into too much science, pigment is caused by the overproduction of melanin in the skin.  Pigments are coloured substances from normal clusters of cells that give skin its colour. They are produced by the melanocyte cells located in the basal layer of the epidermis. Skin pigmentation problems occur because the body produces either too much or too little melanin, resulting in darker skin patches, freckles and uneven skin tone, caused by the uneven distribution of melanin. This is made worse by unprotected sun exposure or hormonal activity (common causes are use of birth control pill or pregnancy). Most skin pigment conditions can be treated with the right active ingredients, vigilant sun protection and an understanding of what caused the pigment to present in the first place.

WHAT MAKES IT WORSE?

Pigmentation is stimulated by several factors including ultraviolet light, oestrogen, melanocyte stimulating hormones (MSH), stress, inflammation, injury and heat. All of these things can make it manifest or worsen, but all can be avoided with targeted lifestyle changes and nutrition.

WHAT HELPS?

Pigmentation is best treated using a combination of skincare ingredients including tyrosinase inhibitors (pigment is produced when the enzyme tyrosinase) and of course an SPF30 daily with UVA/UVB protection. Antioxidants such as vitamin C in skincare and in your diet are also hugely beneficial in the prevention of pigmentation by stopping inflammation. It is also crucial to learn how and why your body may have reacted to cause the pigment in the first place, so hormonal testing may be of interest. Dermally pigmentation is treated with LED Light Therapy and targeted Peels such as Medik8 White Peel or Mesoestetic Cosmelan Peel.

MEDIK8 PRODUCTS TO COMBAT PIGMENTATION

If you want to get started with some skincare to target your pigmentation, melasma or sun damage start with Medik8 White Balance Click OxyR Serum, then apply the day or night cream from Medik8 White Balance Duo and always wear sunscreen.

If pigment is a concern for you, contact Mi:skn Clinic for a consultation to discuss a personalised treatment protocol to a radiant, clear, pigment free complexion.

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