Many women struggle with pigmentation in the skin and once you’re stuck with it the condition can seem near impossible to get rid of! Melanocytes are highly specialised cells within our skin that act like microscopic umbrellas, protecting our skin from UV rays and producing melanin as a built-in sunscreen in response to sun exposure. The natural colour or pigment of our skin, however, can sometimes appear as blotchy or darker in patches due to our bodies creating too much melanin, either by too frequent exposure to sun or overproduction of hormones. Natasha-Lee Richter, product educator and beauty expert of Poise Brands shares what pigmentation is, the different types of hyper-pigmentation and how you can treat it:
Any pigmentation should be a warning sign from the body that the affected area of skin has been damaged by the sun. Although Melanin is part of the skin’s barrier defense, and we need it as part of our protection against exposure to UV radiation, the pigment that presents in melanin is always because of excessive stimulation by sunlight. Hyper-pigmentation is the most difficult of skin ailments to treat despite the warning signs. Usually, though, we get those warning signs too late.
Hyper-pigmentation treatment starts with firstly restricting exposure to sun, along with using a good sunscreen to protect your skin. “A conscious effort must be made to avoid all natural and artificial UVA and UVB, with a broad spectrum sunscreen, loaded with anti-oxidants to be applied daily,” says Natasha-Lee.
Some forms of hyper-pigmentation include:
- Uneven Skin Tone: Also known as a form of skin discolouration, it appears as patches of darkened skin. It can be a result of sun damage, hormonal changes or side effect of medication. Women who are on contraceptive medications or going through menopause tend to be more prone to skin discolourations.
- Chloasma: Characterized by a butterfly-shaped mark, Chloasma or pregnancy mask, is a type of hyper- pigmentation that can affect the whole face or certain sections of it.
- Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation: Developed through inflamed wounds, post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation is usually tan, brown or black in colour. It is a condition in which there is an increased production of colour pigment due to an injury or inflammation to the skin.
- Post-Pustular Hyper-Pigmentation: Developed from healed acne wounds. Marks which are reddish in colour are caused by broken blood capillaries that have yet to heal at the site of acne lesion.
Try these products to treat pigmentation and skin discolouration:
Juliette Armand Forte C 12% Serum
Use this innovative serum for daily moisturizing, firming and regenerating as well as to treat and prevent all forms of hyper-pigmentation. This powerful serum contains active ingredients like ascorbic acid that directly affect the melanocytes.
Juliette Armand Whitening Serum
This brightening serum treats existing dark marks on the skin and helps to prevent and control further hyper-pigmentation. It contains an enzymatic exfoliator, Bacillus Ferment, that has a mild exfoliating and resurfacing effect on your skin as well as brightening ingredients including Rumex, mulberry and grape extract to even skin tone.
Juliette Armand Whitening 24hr Cream
This innovative brightening cream regulates the production of melanin and helps the skin to obtain a uniform tone. It contains Arbutin from bearberries and pears to help the skin obtain a uniform skin tone and prevent the appearance of blotches and blemishes on the skin.
Juliette Armand Sunfilm Face Cream SPF 50
This tinted sun cream contains super antioxidant action. It has the highest SPF offering of 98% protection that will prevent cell damage and premature ageing.
For more information on the products above visit the Poise Brands website.