As the weather cools down and we all head back indoors, there is one little souvenir of summer that remains; hyperpigmentation. Many of us have heard of hyperpigmentation, and many of us have seen the signs reflected in our own skin. This month we're focusing on how and why it occurs, and what we can do to combat the signs. Hyperpigmentation is a result of the skin producing a dark pigment called melanin. Exposure to ultraviolet rays (our beloved summer sunshine) can induce the uneven pigment distribution and brown spots that we know as hyperpigmentation. Other forms of hyperpigmentation can include: freckles, melasma, sun spots, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (which is a response to injury of the skin such as acne or burns).
In one form or another, pigmentation will affect over 80% of us at some time in our lives. Like almost all of the skin concerns we work to correct daily here at Raw, we offer both products and services to treat and correct pigmentation, and best results are usually achieved with a custom combination. Depending on the type, cause, and severity of your area of concern, treatment can take days, weeks, or even months. Some sun spots and areas of damage have occurred over years of exposure and will take a little time and TLC to reverse or repair. It is a common myth that these areas of discolouration can be scrubbed away with harsh exfoliation methods, however these can often make the spots worse, as they are inflicting trauma or irritation to the skin, a common cause of hyperpigmentation itself.
This October we're focusing on the Laser Photo Facial, an advanced laser treatment that safely provides colour correction while rejuvenating your skin. This 30 minute treatment can be done on your face, hands, décolleté, or any other exposed area you may have sun damage.
A great skincare system can help not only to treat pigmentation, but to protect & prevent future damage. Products like the Zo Skin Lightening Program, as well as iS Clinical Active Serum & White Bright Complex can be worked into a power packed custom skincare routine to fight any signs of pigmentation. We also recommend a retinol product such as Zo Wrinkle & Texture Repair, or Radical Night Repair to stimulate cell turnover and improve the skins colour tone.