[By Estelle Chong]

It may not be deep frown lines or your crow’s feet that you have, but if you feel like you have aged, chances are it’s due to your uneven skin tone. Blotchy skin doesn’t reflect light as well, making your complexion look dull.

Many of us suffer from pigmentation problems these days, sometimes triggered by hormonal fluctuations like pregnancy or birth control pills, damage to the skin due to injury and prolonged sun exposure.

What is pigmentation?

It is a condition that causes the skin to appear lighter or darker than normal. Our skin contains cells called melanocytes, which produce a pigment called melanin, which is the natural pigment responsible for the colour of our skin, hair and eyes.

Hyperpigmentation occurs when excess melanin forms deposits in the skin, leading to patches of skin becoming darker in colour than the normal surrounding skin. Similarly, hypopigmentation occurs when patches of skin become lighter or whiter in colour than the surrounding skin.

Common types of hyperpigmentation:

Melasma

Commonly known as the mask of pregnancy, melasma is a skin condition in which light to dark brown patches of pigmentation appear on the face, especially on the forehead and cheeks. The exact cause is unknown, but certain factors such as hormonal changes in pregnancy or with birth control pills, are thought to contribute.

Solar Lentigenes

Also commonly known as sun spots, these darkened spots on your skin are caused by prolonged exposure to ultra violet rays. They can appear at any age and usually not harmful.

What can be done?

Prevention is better than cure

One of the best ways to avoid pigmentation is to apply a UVA and UVB shielding sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30+ regularly, especially if outdoors.

We like:

Sloane Inc Sunblock SPF 70

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock

Topicals

When you are shopping for creams for hyperpigmentation, look out for key ingredients such as hydroquinone, vitamin C, azelic and kojic acid, mulberry and soy produce.

We like:

Dior Capture Anti-Taches D-30 Age Spot Correction Crème

Sloane Inc Instant Pigment Corrector.

The Doctor’s Office

For stubborn pigmentation like melasma and lentigenes that don’t seem to respond to your creams, they can be safely and effectively treated with a variety of laser treatments.

Pigment lasers such as the Q switched Nd Yag laser, are not only good for treating pigmentation, they are also useful in improving the overall skin tone and colour. Fraxel resurfacing with the Fraxel laser also delivers gratifying results in treating pigmentation, wrinkles, texture, pores and other skin imperfections.

With all these different ways to tackle your pigmentation woes, hopefully, in no time at all, your skin will go from patchy to perfect!

 

* Selected as Article of the Month Sep 2013*

 

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9 thoughts on “Don’t Hide that Face – Defy Pigmentation”

  1. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock is a great protective rubs and not heavy or cloudy although it does tend to have an odor, not a bad one though! I recommend this highly and I love using this as my sunscreen.

  2. I’m liking Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock sunscreen so far.

    It’s quite thick, and not that easy to spread, but once you get the hang of application, it goes on evenly and smoothly.

    It has a light, pleasant fragrance, and is a nice base under my bb cream.

    It seems to last very well, I’ve never burned or tanned when wearing it.

  3. I have been using Neutrogena skincare for a couple of years now, and I’ve used the SPF 45, 55, and 70 sunblock, in addition to this one, on my face. I’m using exfoliating lotions, and have dark, sensitive skin that scars easily, so sunscreen is a must for me. This sunblock goes on much more sheer than the SPF 70 product from this line. It doesn’t leave a pasty cast on my skin, and it doesn’t sting or burn, even when it is close to my eye area. I highly recommend this item for those who need a high SPF.

  4. Dior Capture Anti-Taches D-30 Age Spot Correction Crème is so soft and smooth with a beautiful scent. It is a perfect size for your purse and stays on for hours.
    I don’t have age spots though, this was purely an indulgence.

  5. I’m incredibly fair skinned and Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock is about the only sunscreen that keeps me from burning. It doesn’t leave that uncomfortable sticky/oily feeling most other brands do. My only complaint is that I wish it came in a larger bottle. It runs out rather quickly.

  6. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock works just as expected with a very reasonable price. Great for sensitive skin, face and body.

    I would recommend this to my friends

  7. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock was recommended by my dermatologist. I like the fact that it is not too greasy. It does have a faint fragrance but it is not overpowering. My only concern is I believe Neutrogena does animal testing and I would prefer a company that does NOT do animal testing. I will continue to look for a comparable product that is cruelty free.

  8. A few week ago, I went in for my first Fraxel laser treatment at Sloane Clinic and I am very pleased with the results so far. By that I mean, the pain was much more tolerable than I had anticipated, and my skin feels very soft and smooth immediately after.

    All of my friends who have done it say nothing but great things.

    With regard to the pain; yes, it is hot. It’s more discomfort than actual pain (I guess I must have a high threshold for pain). I was really just daydreaming the whole time and tried not the think about it. That certainly helped.

    The fraxel laser was done at a level 6, and passed over 8 times. The laser used was applied in a continuous motion, unlike the zap (cube like) laser that I saw all over youtube.
    Certain areas of my face were hot for a few hours, but overall I feel absolutely fine.
    I know it will take at least 3 more sessions to reduce the malasma, and I am excited to see the difference.
    A good friend worked at this clinic for 3 years and she highly recommend going to Sloane Clinic for this treatment because the have high standard of care, and services.

  9. After 1 month of Fraxel Laser, I am very happy with the texture and smoothness of my skin. I’ve also been exfoliating my with scrubs and the Clarsonic Mia to enhance the sloughing process.

    My breakouts are a wee bit better, but it might also be because I started using benzoyl peroxide products a few days ago.

    The melasma has been significantly reduced, and that is only after one treatment. I can’t wait to do the next one and see the results.

    As for skin tightening, it feels tight the first week but after that, I haven’t seen an improvement in the elasticity of my skin.

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