Skin Pigmentation Disorders

THE PROBLEM: PIGMENTATION Pigmentation is caused by many things – hormones, sun damage and acne scarring are usually the biggest culprits. THE SOLUTION: While some forms of pigmentation can be concealed with a dab of foundation, it’s sometimes not so easily dealt with – and anyway, the aim is always to have a clear complexion, with or without make-up. First, remember that treating pigmentation is not an overnight process, but rather a commitment you make to caring for your skin. Start by ensuring you wear UV protection every day (sun exposure can aggravate and increase spots) and boost your exfoliation. Do this not with just a regular scrub; look for products containing alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs), like glycolic and lactic acid, or beta hydroxyl acids (BHAs), such as salicylic acid, for a deep exfoliation. Follow with the application of serums and moisturisers that specifically target pigmentation concerns and keep at it. Give yourself at least six to eight weeks before you expect to see results (it may take longer). If after a couple of months you’re seeing no results or are not happy with your skin’s progress, consult a dermatologist about other options, such as laser therapy. ALSO TRY Lancôme Bright Expert Dark Spot Corrector, R699, La Prairie White Caviar Spot Treatment, R1 915 and Pond’s Flawless Radiance Even Tone Facial Foam, R60

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