4 Ways to get rid of Pigmentation

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As you get older, you likely will notice parts of your skin changing colour to light brown, gray or black — a common effect the beauty industry calls age spots, also called sun spots.

With age, and exposure to environmental triggers like UV light, our pigment-producing cells in the skin go into overdrive. That leads to an increased production of pigments, which leads to dark spots in the skin.

  1. Use protective creams to nourish the skin.

To help return your skin to its normal colour, opt for skin-brightening sunscreens. To avoid further damage, apply an antioxidant cream with ingredients like vitamins and E, which can help reduce inflammation in the skin. These products can prevent interfering with collagen, a protein that prevents wrinkles, and halt further pigment production.

Dr Lam recommends Skinceuticals C E Ferulic which contains 15% pure vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), 1%vitamin E (alpha tocopherol), and 0.5% ferulic acid to enhance protection against environmental damage.

  1. Use products that can lighten dark spots.

Creams with ingredients like hydroquinone, kojic acid, niacinamide, and arbutin all interfere with pigment production.

Dr Lam recommends an all-natural product like Crystal Tomato oral supplement combined with Crystal Clear Cream which works together to help lighten pigmentation and brighten overall skin complexion.

  1. See a qualified and experienced doctor for a laser treatment.

Dr Lam recommends Dual Yellow Laser Treatment which is a multi-wavelength laser treatment – the green and yellow lasers is effective for treating and clearing Melasma (pigmentation). This happens by reducing the production of melanin (the substance that creates pigmentation of the skin) at the source.

  1. Remember: Prevention is always the best cure.

The best treatment is prevention to begin with – Sunscreens with physical blockers like zinc oxide can help protect the skin. Dr Lam recommends taking an oral supplement such as Heliocare Oral on top of your preferred Heliocare sunscreen before going under the hot sun.

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