Pigmentation affects the colour of your skin. Your skin gets its colour from a pigment called melanin. Special cells in the skin make melanin. When these cells become damaged or unhealthy, brown patches form on the skin.

What causes pigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation can be caused by sun damage, inflammation, or other skin injuries, including those related to acne. People with darker skin tones are more prone to hyperpigmentation, especially with excess sun exposure. Many forms of hyperpigmentation are caused by an excess production of melanin.

That’s because the sun gives off ultraviolet (UV) light that damages your skin and causes sunburn. Over time, these rays can lead to wrinkles, dark spots, and other problem areas. The result: You can add years to your looks. Research shows that UV exposure is the reason behind 80% of your skin’s aging.

Hyperpigmentation appears as darkened patches or spots that make the skin look uneven, and these spots are known as age spots or sun spots. … Hyperpigmentation results in flat, darkened patches of skin that can vary in size and colour.

Melasma is a condition in which areas of the skin become darker than the surrounding skin. Melasma during pregnancy is relatively common. Sometimes it is called the “mask of pregnancy” or “chloasma.” The dark patches typically last until the pregnancy ends.

Treating sundamage/pigmentation

Supplements to help.

Skin Vit C is the perfect skin supplement for those looking for a bright, even complexion, Leaves skin bright and radiant.

Vitamin A is one of the most important nutrients for skin.
Skin Vit A+ is a staple skincare supplement suitable for all skin types. Vitamin A helps with skin cell renewal and promotes skin rejuvenation.

Skincare products to help

Dermalogica Pure Light SPF50 – 50ml

Shield the skin from UV-induced hyperpigmentation (brown spots, discoloration and uneven skin tone) with this medium-weight daytime treatment. It features Oleosome technology, which uses natural plant spheres filled with sunscreens to increase SPF performance. A powerful peptide helps regulate melanin production while a potent blend of Red and Brown Algae combined with botanical extracts, help balance uneven skin tone. Cross-linked Hyaluronic Acid fortifies the skin’s natural moisture barrier, reducing the appearance of fine dehydration lines.

Dermalogica C-12 Pure Bright Serum – 50ml

Lightweight, highly-active topical treatment combats hyperpigmentation (brown spots, discoloration and uneven skin tone) day and night. Advanced formula absorbs quickly to optimize efficacy while helping to increase skin luminosity. Contains an exclusive blend of Oligopeptides, plus Rice-derived Phytic Acid, antioxidant Zinc Glycinate, and Red and Brown Algae to help regulate melanin (pigment) formation to treat hyperpigmentation at its source.

Other products that might help:

Yonka Specifics Solution Clarte – 30ml

This solution acts like a soft daily peeling on all the areas concerned by the emerging of pigmentation flaws. On the face, neck, décolleté and hands, SOLUTION CLARTÉ helps promote the dead cells exfoliation; it brightens and evens the complexion by reducing the unwanted uneven discolorations.

With the action of fig tree flowers extract, AHA, apple and brown algae, brown spots become less visible, the complexion is lighter. The skin seems cleaner and smoother; it regains its glow and looks like “all new skin”

Yonka Specifics Crème Lumiere – 50ml

This daily treatment is enriched in chronostable vitamin C, responsible for the regulation of melanin synthesis. This chronostable vitamin C carries several innovation patents related to its stability in time and its increased bioavailibility.

Day after day, the brown spot are reduced in size, intensity and numbers, the complexion becomes brighter and more even, the skin recovers its radiance.

With a combination of vitamins A & E and high molecular weight hyaluronic acid, the skin is hydrated, wrinkles and fine lines are smoothed, the skin is firmer and looks younger.

Also check: Yonka Specifics Correcteur Cible

Yonka Boosters Defense+ 15ml

The pine bark polyphenols and the pomegranate found in DEFENSE+ allow to promote the skin’s elasticity and glowing complewion while visibly smoothing skin’s texture.

This booster fights oxidative stress from sun rays, smoking, pollution and daily stress. This “shield effect” helps prevent the appearance of the signs of aging.

Non-invasive Salon treatments to help.

Microneedling  (above) may reverse sun damage and pigmentation

Collagen is arguably the best way to improve the look of skin, and this goes beyond reducing wrinkles. Stimulating collagen growth with microneedling can also reverse sun damage and discoloration, including the hyperpigmentation that comes with melasma. Patch test required 48hrs before treatment.

Dermalogica Pro Power Peel The Treatment You Need for Glowing Skin. … A chemical peel – which uses ingredients such as alpha-hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids to slough away skin cells – is one of the most effective ways to achieve visible results and enhance cell turnover. Patch test required 48hrs before treatment.

VitaPeel™ (Micro-Dermabrasion)  is a uniquely formulated peeling solution that targets the appearance of sundamaged skin, as well as uneven texture and skin colour. This solution will lighten and brighten your skin. It will reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and provide a deep exfoliation to boost cellular renewal.

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Can pigmentation be removed?

Laser treatment is one of the most advanced treatments for removing unwanted pigmentation on the skin such as age spots, sun spots, and freckles. … For deep pigmentation such as melasma, ActiveFX Laser Resurfacing is the skin pigmentation treatment of choice which can remove up to 80% of melanin in one treatment.