Hyperpigmentation is like that distant cousin we all have. You’ve heard stories of them, and you’ve seen pictures, but you’ve never really witnessed them with your own eyes. Then one day, they just show up at your doorstep and won’t leave. Pigmentation has always been there, hiding under the layers of skin or just waiting for a ‘traumatic’ event to make its appearance, but once it’s there it’s almost impossible to get rid of. We’ll cease the family metaphor here as you can see how extremely complicated it can get, as is the case with family…and hyperpigmentation.
Hyperpigmentation is the discolouration of the skin as a result of surgery, acne, hormonal fluctuation or sun exposure. Today many treatments are effective in treating or at least minimising the appearance of hyperpigmentation. One such treatment is Arthrex® PRP combined with microneedling. A patient’s platelet-rich plasma is injected into the pigmentation sites and then followed by micro needling all over the face. After 4-6 treatments patients will see a reduction of pigmentation as well as an improvement in skin texture, fine lines, scars as well as under-eye circles Arthrex PRP is the ideal treatment to kickstart your hyperpigmentation treatment plan – it delivers visible and long-lasting results that you can see and feel.
Treatments should always be accompanied by a good skincare routine that acts as the foundation of healthy skin. The skincare products you choose must include targeted and active ingredients that fight hyperpigmentation and maintain results daily.
Want to know what products to use in your daily skincare routine? Here are our top choices:
ZO® Skin Health Retinol Skin Brightener
The Retinol Skin Brightener range is available in various strengths of 0.25%, 0.5% and 1%. If your skin is unfamiliar to retinol, we highly recommend starting with the lowest percentage and work your way up so that your skin has time to adjust itself to the powerful effects of retinol. Retinol is a powerful ingredient that targets discolouration, breaks up existing hyperpigmentation, brightens the skin, speeds up healthy cell turnover and protects skin against future damage. The product also contains a host of other beneficial ingredients such as glutathione, Stachys officianalis and glucosamine which helps to prevent new hyperpigmentation from forming as well as to keep the skin glowing.
ZO® Skin Health Brightalive Non-Retinol Skin Brightener
This is a non-retinol skin brightener that contains a skin brightening complex of Diglucosyl Gallic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Licorice Root Extract, and Hexylresorcinol which helps to block the production of pigmentation. The product also contains papain which gently exfoliates dead skin cells, along with moisturising ingredients that soothe and calm inflammation.
Brightalive is ideal for those whose skin struggles/ cannot handle retinol or women who are pregnant and/or breastfeeding.
Use these products in conjunction with:
ZO® Skin Health 10% Vitamin C Self Activating serum
Topical vitamin C helps to exfoliate the skin’s surface and remove surface pigmentation while brightening your overall complexion. The Self Activating Vitamin C contains a high and stable concentration of this pigment-fighting ingredient along with tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate which inhibits new pigmentation from forming along with vitamin E, coenzyme-Q10 and squalane which helps to protect and moisturise the skin.
Colorescience® Sunforgettable Total Protection Face Shield SPF50
It is important to protect your skin every day-in winter and summer, come rain or sunshine. Don’t undo all the hard work you’ve put into taking care of your skin with a sunscreen like the Colorescience® Sunforgettable Total Protection Face Shield SPF50. This is a light-weight sun protector that won’t irritate the skin and will blend in perfectly with any skin tone. Not what you’re looking for? Colorescience® has a whole range of mineral-based sun protection products to suit your every need.
To find your nearest Arthrex® or ZO® Skin Health stockist or to learn more about our products please contact us today. All Colorescience® products can be purchased online at Dermaguru.