Hyperpigmentation is the technical word for brown spots and patches that appear on the face and body skin. This can include freckles, age spots, hormonal pigmentation and uneven skin tone.
Melanin is the name given to the natural pigment produced by the skin. Lighter skin tones naturally produce less melanin, whereas darker skins produce more. Melanin production increases during sun exposure or trauma to protect the skin from further damage and breakdown. It can be described as a natural sunscreen to shield the skin from ultraviolet rays.
Melanin however is not always produced evenly and this can result in patches of uneven and dark pigment. Such patches generally appear on the face, neck, arms and backs of the hands. Areas of the body that are not sun exposed (such as the buttocks) rarely show signs of uneven pigment. One unique form of pigmentation known as melasma is triggered by hormones and appears bilaterally on the cheeks, forehead and even the upper lip. This is most common in females and is triggered by hormone changes such as the contraceptive pill and pregnancy.
The first step in any pigment reducing regime is the daily application of sunscreen, such as Dp Dermaceuticals COVER RECOVER. A minimum of SPF 15 is recommended and should be applied even in winter and on rainy days. Other ingredients to look out for include vitamin C, kojic, liquorice and vitamin B3. These potent pigment fighters actually sedate overactive pigment cells to prevent excess production. For best results, use twice daily before and after clinical Dermapen Treatments™.
Dp Dermaceuticals BRITE LITE and ANTIOXIDANT COCKTAIL are brimming with pigment re-balancers to regulate and unify uneven skin tone. Superficial Dermapen™ Treatments may be performed as often as every 2-4 weeks to manage and correct uneven tone without overstimulating or harming the skin. Unlike laser or IPL, Dermapen™ Treatments may be performed on all skin colours and on all types of unwanted pigmentation. A treatment programme of 3-4 sessions is recommended.
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