I’m one of many who struggle to keep their pigmentation at bay. As a kid my freckles were only on my nose and as years have gone by slowly started to appear on my cheeks and forehead from sun exposure even though I’m so diligent with the sunscreen everyday.
So what is pigmentation?
Pigmentation is the presence of uneven melanin in the skin, it can be caused by sun exposure, hormones, skin trauma and can be genetic.
There are different types of skin pigmentation:
- Melasma commonly known as the pregnancy mask is a form of hyper-pigmentation caused by a hormonal imbalance and usually subsides over time. Common causes of melasma are pregnancy, thyroid disorders, birth control and other endocrine conditions.
- Freckles and Moles caused by excess melanin, genetics and sun exposure.
- Age spots, Liver spots and Sun spots are caused by sun exposure, environmental damage and stressors speeding up the ageing of skin cells.
- Post-inflammatory Hyper-pigmentation is caused by trauma to the skin from acne, abrasions or acne.
There are lots of treatments and products out there now that treats pigmentation, Gone are the days of cutting a lemon in half and rubbing it on your face. In salon peels and laser treatments are very effective for treating pigmentation.
Products with brightening active ingredients in them like Ascorbic acid (vitamin C), lactic acid, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, niacinamide (vitamin B3), citric acid just to name a few to look out for next time you go and get a new cleanser, exfoliant, serum, mask or moisturise.
Best prevention cover up when your going out in the sun, Put on a hat and Sunscreen Sunscreen Sunscreen !!!
Even when it’s not great weather and I don’t think I’ll go outside it’s part of my morning skincare ritual.
If your looking for an all natural skincare product for your pigmentation our rose mask has lactic acid as it’s active ingredient, I personally use this 2-3 times per week and have seen significant changes to my skin!