Hyperpigmentation or melasma. As an esthetician (skin care specialist), I can assure you that this is one of the most frequently expressed concerns from our clients. YOU ARE NOT ALONE! So let's debunk the myths, address the facts and come up with a plan to tackle the darkened skin that you're experiencing. Of course, I recommend getting an actual consultation so you can come up with a real game plan based off of your skin type. A dermatologist or medical aesthetician can assist you with perfecting your skin care regimen. However, I'm here to help until you have reached that point so let us begin.
What is hyperpigmentation and what causes it? Hyperpigmentation is when patches of skin become a darker color than the surrounding skin and is usually harmless. The darkening that you are experiencing is from an excess of melanin. Melanin is produced by cells called Melanocytes. These cells begin depositing melanin to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. With hair removal, you are removing the first layer of skin. As a result, you are more susceptible to sunburns and adverse UV exposure so your body starts producing more melanin in those comprised areas as a way of protecting itself from skin damage.
Melasma is a form of hyperpigmentation but is harder to treat. This condition is more prevalent in darker skin tones and is believed to be a result of UV exposure or hormonal changes. The hormonal aspect of this is what distinguishes it from hyperpigmentation. Pregnancy, birth controls and other hormonal therapies contribute to this hard to treat annoyance. Typically, it appears in blotchy patches on the face and/or different parts of the body.
Now that we know these definitions, what do we do?
Well, first target products that address lightening dark spots or "even skin tone". They typically have Vitamin C or some type of acid in them. Then we want to prevent sun exposure through the use of sunscreens. SUNSCREENS. I said it twice so you know that's super important. Chemical peels work wonders and if all else fails, laser treatments are an option.
Now, in the waxing world there have been two very talked about lightening treatments :
These products should be discontinued a week before your next waxing appointments and continued a week after)
Natural lightening products:
These can be used to make natural masks, scrubs or other homemade remedies. You want to look for these ingredients in your purchased natural/organic lightening products as well. Remember, look at the first 5 ingredients on the label to make sure that you're getting what you paid for.
Okay Belles and Beaus. I will see you soon. Ta-Ta for now! XOXO
As far as natural/orga