The Nexus Beauty News

How can you treat Pigmentation?

Pigmentation TreatmentsSkin pigmentation is very common in all skin types and ethnicity. Pigmentation can be caused by a number of factors such as sun exposure, hormonal changes, injury and genetics. Some types of pigment and uneven skin are more easy to treat than others.

Sun Exposure

The major cause for pigmentation is exposure to the sun. Freckles, brown spots, age spots, are all caused by UV damage. Most of this damage is done during our younger years, even though it shows up after 40.

When the UV rays hit the skin the cells produce melanin (dark pigment) to protect the skin. This pigment tends to cluster in darker patches at different skin levels. As we age and the skin regenerates itself deeper pigment becomes visible.

IPL is great for treating this kind of pigmentation, however you may need more than one treatment depending on how deep the pigment is. Other treatments that help with pigmentation are Skin Needling, Skin Peels and a good skin care regime.

You must also avoid sun exposure by using sunscreen every day even on cloudy days and during the winter.

Pigmentation caused by inflammation

Certain skin conditions such as acne, cuts, bruises, allergic reactions, and diseases can trigger an excess of melanin production causing pigmentation. This kind of pigment is also treatable with IPL and Skin Needling.

Hormonal Pigmentation (Melasma)

Melasma is caused by hormonal changes and an overproductions of estrogen and progesterone. It is usually on an area of the face and it is most common during pregnancy, while on the pill, or in hormone replacement therapy. Unfortunately this type of pigment is very difficult to treat. Even if successfully treated they tend to reappear.

Birthmarks

There are different types of birthmarks and depending on the extent and depth of the pigment it may be possible to treat them.

Did you know that sugar in your diet gives you wrinkles and sagging skin?

Yes, cutting back on sugar not only will help maintain your weight, it will also avoid premature ageing.

Sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins to form harmful molecules called Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs). The more sugar you eat, the more AGEs you produce. AGEs damage proteins in a domino effect and the most vulnerable ones are Collagen and Elastin. Collagen and Elastin keep our skin firm and supple, but once damaged they become dry and brittle causing wrinkles and lax skin. AGEs also consume the antioxidants in your body leaving you more vulnerable to infections and sun damage.

However it is never too late to turn back the clock. Skin care high in retinoids (vitamin A), as well as Photorejuvenation and RF can help rebuild damaged collagen. To keep the new Collagen and Elastin healthy cut back on sweet foods and sugar. You can now find many chocolates and other foods using Stevia, Xylitol, and Erythritol, which are natural sweeteners with no sugar.

It is also important to complement your diet with at least 1mg of Vitamin B1 and B6 daily and antioxidant reach foods.

Protect your skin with a broad spectrum sunscreen and use a skin care routine with high levels of antioxidants.

The Nexus Beauty News – Vol 2, Issue 6, July 2015 Newsletter
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