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Everyday things you can do to get rid of Skin Pigmentation

Everyday things you can do to get rid of Skin Pigmentation

Melanin are pigments that determine your skin colour and these are produced by your skin cells. When your skin cells are healthy, they produce the correct amount of melanin that’s required to maintain your natural skin colour. However, if your skin cells become unhealthy or damaged, the melanin produced might be more or less than what is required.

Here, we discuss what the types of skin pigmentation are and how to cure them!

Types of Skin Pigmentation

There are many forms of hyperpigmentation and they are caused by a large variety of different reasons. The three main types are:

Lentigines

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This is arguably the most common form of pigmentation and the most avoidable. Some of them are known as sun/age/liver spots and are associated with ageing. However, studies have shown a link between such pigmentation and exposure to the UV light.

These spots commonly appear on the face and the back of the hands.

Melasma

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Melasma, or chloasma, is also known as the “pregnancy mask”. Melasma is predominantly caused by hormonal changes in the body such as what happens during pregnancy, hence the name. People with darker skin are more susceptible to this, and it also lasts longer for them. Most of the time, when the hormones are balanced again, melasma fades. Sometimes, treatment is required for it to fade away completely.

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation

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Such pigmentation is caused by inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne and burns, which involve the junction between the epidermis and the dermis. While such pigmentation usually goes away by itself, it may persist for as long as several years.

Prevention and Cure

Now that you know the types of hyperpigmentation and what their causes are, you’re in better stead to treat them.

Protect your skin from UV light

woman sunbathing

Prevention is better than cure in many ways. Since lentigines is associated with exposure to UV rays, it makes sense to limit that as much as possible. In a country as sunny as Singapore, being adequately covered up or protected makes a world of difference. Use sunblock every day before heading out of the house, and reapply the sunblock every few hours for maximum protection. If you absolutely have to walk in the sun, use an umbrella or wear a cap so your head is protected!

If you have post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, this is especially important for you to avoid worsening your current condition. In fact, protecting your skin from the sun may speed up your recovery and reduce your pigmentation.

Take good care of your skin

woman scarf

To prevent post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or let it fade as soon as possible, you’d have to take good care of your skin!

Scratching your face, popping pimples and the like will injure your skin, can result in post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and, if you already have it, interrupt the healing process. Instead, use moisturisers and creams that will reduce the inflammation. Exfoliating (check with your dermatologist) may be a good idea as it can clear out old skin cells and stimulate the growth of new ones.

Be mindful of medication taken

medication

As aforementioned, melasma is caused by hormonal changes. Medicine like birth control and hormonal treatments might result in hyperpigmentation of this sort. A good way to work around this is to ask your doctor or pharmacist about the medicine you are taking and whether they will cause hyperpigmentation and if so, whether there are any alternatives to this.

Try natural remedies

fruits

There are a large number of natural remedies you can try. Here are three of them!

Red onion

Ingredients: Fresh red onion

Steps:

  1. Slice the onion into two
  2. Take one slice and rub it directly on the affected area

OR

  1. Grate the onion
  2. Squeeze its juice out
  3. Apply to skin
  4. Rinse off after 10 mins

When: Twice a day

Raw potato

Ingredients: Fresh potato

Steps:

  1. Slice the potato in half
  2. Add a few drops of water on the exposed side
  3. Rub it on the affected areas of your skin
  4. Rinse off with lukewarm water after 10 mins

When: Three to four times a day

Lemon/Lime

Ingredients: 1 lemon, 2 teaspoons of organic honey

Steps:

  1. Squeeze out the lemon juice and collect it in a bowl
  2. Add the honey to the juice
  3. Mix well
  4. Apply onto affect areas
  5. Wash off after 15 mins

When: Twice a day

Go for treatments

treatments

It’s true that there are home remedies that will address these concerns but there are also more reliable and more efficient professional pigmentation treatments you can find in some skin clinics. Here are some treatments available at ONLY Aesthetics Singapore that will help you with skin pigmentation issues:

Peelogy

This 15-min facial is perfect for you if you have oily skin that’s acne-prone as it gets rid of acne-causing bacteria and excess oil in addition to treating hyperpigmentation.

Silkpeel

This painless procedure is the best for you if you have clogged pores and rough skin as it is similar to microdermabrasion facials. What it does is it uses a pore clarifying hand-piece that exfoliates your skin while dispensing active ingredients deep into your skin, healing your skin from inside out. The hand-piece also comes with a disposable nylon brush that breaks and sucks up the gunk that’s clogging your pores.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

If ageing skin is your biggest concerns, then this treatment is the one for you. Not only is it painless, it helps with all the effects of ageing such as post-acne scars, large pores, pigmentation, loose skin, fine lines, and wrinkles. It makes use of dermal heating to stimulate the production of collagen, helping your skin to look more flawless and young.

Vanishr Skin Rejuvenation

If you have skin woes like spider veins, dark spots, and freckles, consider going for the Vanishr Skin Rejuvenation treatment. The treatment is essentially a laser facial that can bypass the first layer of your skin, giving it the ability to target your problems from its roots.

For more information, click the links for details or give us a call at 6234 4434!

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