Those stubborn darker patches on your skin that don’t seem to fade… Are officially called: pigmentation or hyper-pigmentation.
What Causes Pigmentation & Hyper-Pigmentation?
Melanin (colour) is naturally produced by your skin cells, as a response to sunlight and U.V. exposure. The ‘colour’ produced helps to protect our skin cells from free radical damage.
Over exposure to U.V. and your skin cells can malfunction and over produce melanin, thus resulting in darker patches of ‘colour’ showing in our skin all the time i.e. pigmentation.
These are different types of pigmentation that are closely related to hormonal changes; which can be caused by:
- Contraceptive Pill
Often a hereditary skin blemish, however these patches of ‘colour’ are classed as pigmentation when they develop after post age 12.
Most likely incurred due to over exposure to U.V. during childhood and teenage years. Age spots often show up on the hands and face years later.
A result of damage and trauma to your skin:
- Acne + Spots
- In Grown Hairs
- Picking the Skin
Leave your skin over exposed to sun light thus leading to post inflammatory pigmentation.
Pigmentation can be difficult to treat, but with the correct home care products, supplementation and in salon facials we’ve had great success at our Poulton Salon.
But first things first! You need to start wearing an antioxidant rich SPF daily to prevent any further UV damage.
Supplementation of Vitamin A and Vitamin C are also essential to repair internal damage to skin cell DNA, so they can start producing ‘normal’ levels of Melanin.