Pigmentation and the Reality
One of the many skin issues we deal with as we age is dreadful pigmentation. As men and women, it is the main route of aging and our number one biggest complaint.
As an Aesthetician and skin clinic owner of Virago Skin & Body Studio’s for the past 21 years, I have gone through extensive education and schooling to understand the knowledge behind the spots that start to drown out our youth.
Many people struggle with age spots, melasma, and issues from hyperpigmentation. It’s essential to understand how these issues occur. The role of melanocytes in the creation of hyperpigmentation. How do you treat them without using chemicals that will make them worse?
True Meaning behind making them worse, when you heat or inflame the Skin, you cause inflammation and trauma. Melanocytes that creates your pigment re-activate and become worse with inflammation and heat.
Thought bomb: Do you notice pigmentation getting worse during exercise or sun exposure?
The reason behind this is that those extraordinary pigment creators are there to protect your Skin from damage. That is why they radiate the darkness to protect your delicate tissue.
Some peels, laser treatments, and harsh chemicals actually in time make our pigmentation worse.
How do we cure melasma pigmentation?
I am glad you asked…
Everybody has a unique and different way their Skin reacts to transformation. In my clinic, we do a lot of holistic healing to treat the actual root cause of the trauma and why it is prominent and why it is still consistent.
You may have sun-derived or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). Like freckles, these issues are more apparent with sun exposure and not usually symmetrical on the face. They can appear as a larger cluster of pigmentation in some areas.
Inflammation from the sun, or chemical peels and lasers, can result in a wound that does not heal, especially if the injury is severe or results from repetitive wounding, as is the case in most age spots. The damage does not heal for various reasons and often appears as a small red spot on the Skin. Age spots and PIH are simply the body making an “umbrella” of protection using melanin as its tool. To make it go away, we need to heal the underlying chronic wound. That can be achieved with Derm Repair (Vskincare Line) by using products that repair DNA and oxidative damage.
What causes hyperpigmentation?
A common cause of hyperpigmentation is an excess production of melanin. Melanin is a pigment that gives Skin its color. It’s produced by skin cells called melanocytes. Several different conditions or factors can alter the production of melanin in your body.
Certain medications can cause hyperpigmentation. Also, some chemotherapy drugs can cause hyperpigmentation as a side effect.
Pregnancy changes hormone levels and can affect melanin production in some women.
A rare endocrine disease called Addison’s disease can produce hyperpigmentation that’s most obvious in areas of sun exposure, such as the face, neck, and hands, and areas exposed to friction, such as elbows and knees.
The hyperpigmentation directly results from an increased level of a hormone in your body that results in increased melanin synthesis.
Excessive sun exposure can also cause an increase in melanin.
Types of hyperpigmentation
There are several types of hyperpigmentation, the most common being melasma, sunspots, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
- Melasma. Melasma is believed to be caused by hormonal changes and may develop during pregnancy. Areas of hyperpigmentation can appear on any body area, but they occur most commonly on the stomach and face.
Causes and risk factors of melasma
It isn’t apparent what causes melasma. Darker-skinned individuals are more at risk than those with fair Skin. Estrogen and progesterone sensitivity are also associated with the condition. Meaning birth control pills, pregnancy, and hormone therapy can all trigger melasma. Stress and thyroid disease are also thought to be causes of melasma.
Additionally, sun exposure can cause melasma because ultraviolet rays affect the cells that control pigment (melanocytes).
- Sunspots. Also called liver spots or solar lentigines, sunspots are common. They’re related to excess sun exposure over time. Generally, they appear as spots on areas exposed to the sun, like the hands and face.
- Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This is a result of injury or inflammation to the Skin. A common cause of this type is acne.
How is hyperpigmentation diagnosed and treated?
A dermatologist or advanced Aesthetician can diagnose the cause of your hyperpigmentation. They will request your medical history and give you a physical exam to determine the cause. In some cases, a skin biopsy can narrow down the reason.
Topical prescription medication can treat some cases of hyperpigmentation. This medication usually contains hydroquinone, which lightens the Skin.
However, prolonged use of topical hydroquinone (without any breaks in use) can cause darkening of the Skin, known as ochronosis. So it’s best to use topical hydroquinone only under the care of a dermatologist so that they can properly guide you on how to use the medication without any adverse effects.
Using topical retinoids also assists with lightening dark spots of the Skin.
Both of these medications can take a few months to lighten darkened areas.
Home care sometimes includes over-the-counter medications that may lighten dark spots. These medications don’t contain as much hydroquinone as prescription medications.
Home care also includes using sunscreen. Sunscreen is the most critical factor in improving most causes of hyperpigmentation. Look for:
- a physical blocking sunscreen, preferably with zinc oxide as the main active ingredient
- at least an SPF 30
- Broad-spectrum coverage UVA and UVB listen to my podcast on sunscreen. You will understand so much more.
ZINC FINGER TECHNOLOGY
Zinc fingers are used by all cells to repair and form DNA, RNA, and proteins. They are composed of an atom of zinc that holds two loops of protein together to create a “finger.” Our Zinc Finger Technology utilizes zinc fingers’ key components that encourage their formation and activation in the Skin. This rhelpincreaseNA repair and wound healing. Virago Skin & Body Studio uses zinc fingers to help repair damaged DNA by “turning on” the repair gene so the damage can be “cut” out. Key ingredients in VskinCare Line’ DNA repair serums help facilitate this process.
Repairing damaged DNA impacts several aspects of skin health, including rebuilding collagen, providing sun protection, pigment control and normalization, scar prevention, healing “broken” capillaries, and overall healing the Skin.
This Vskincare line epidermal repair serum contains a revolutionary, patented, new ingredient that combines modern technology and an ancient Oriental medicinal herb. Ozonized ethyl oleate has a remarkable ability to neutralize toxins, calm inflammation, activate epidermal wound repair, minimize the appearance of pores and age spots (an effect that lasts even after use is discontinued), and dramatically improves skin texture.
Virago Skin & Body Studio offers complimentary virtual skin consultation if you do have any skin concerns. Feel free to book at the link provided for any health questions or skin concerns.