A beautifully glowing skin is the stuff that beauty dreams are made of. After all, who wouldn’t like to have a bright and healthy glow on the skin? And we aren’t just talking about aesthetic appeal. A glowing skin can add volumes to our self confidence and can make us feel very good about ourselves. So when our skin becomes pigmented, it can make us rather conscious about it, and in extreme cases, can also cause a lot of anxiety and lack of confidence.
The real cause of skin pigmentation
The hormone melanin present in our body gives our skin, eyes and hair their colour. A higher level of melanin would effectively mean darker skin and darker hair. Skin pigmentation is quite commonplace in a city like Melbourne, which gets a good amount of sunlight. Increased exposure to the sun can trigger excess production of melanin, and these often result in dark spots, or an overall darkening of the skin tone. But apart from sun exposure, there could be other genetic or environmental causes for the skin to pigment as well. Not many people know that there are different types of skin pigmentation concerns, like:
- Tan: This is primarily due to repeated sun exposure, and the overall skin becomes noticeably darker in areas of the skin that receive more exposure, like the face – on the forehead and temples, neck, arms and legs.
- Freckles: Again, this is caused due to sun exposure. Freckles occur due to concentrated clusters of melanin which can be seen in the form if dark brown or black spots on the skin’s surface – like on the nose, cheeks, shoulders, chest and arms.
- Melasma: This is usually a result of hormonal changes and imbalances or even genetics, and takes the form of irregular dark patches on the skin. It is commonly seen on the face on the forehead, nose, upper lip and upper part of the nose. A lot of women get affected during and post pregnancy.
- Peri Orbital Pigmentation: This is a condition where the skin around the eye area is significantly darker as compared to the rest of the face. This could be caused due to dandruff, certain cosmetics, thyroid and even a condition called acanthosis nigricans.
- Peri Oral Pigmentation: In this condition, some people usually have pigmentation around their lips, and it is predominantly genetic in cause.
- Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation: This is an after-effect of acne or skin injury like burns and infection, or even faulty hair removal techniques. Basically, this happens when the skin is aggravated due to some external cause, like picking on acne for instance, it results in increased melanin production in that area.
There are many treatment options for skin pigmentation
Thankfully, there are many skin pigmentation treatments available today, and all of these have been proven to be very safe and effective. Let’s take a quick overview of some of the most popular treatments available in Melbourne today.
- Laser Photo Rejuvenation
This is a type of a laser facial procedure that helps to stimulate skin renewal. In this, pulses of light energy are focussed on the pigmented areas. This causes the melanin in that area to break down, and eliminated by the body. The best part is that this procedure involves minimal discomfort and downtime, with visible improvement in pigmentation.
- Enzyme Therapy
This therapy is inspired by nature, and is based on the principle of remove, rebuild, protect and maintain the skin’s optimum functioning. The 90 minute DMK Restore Enzyme Therapy offered at Victorian Laser & Skin Clinic at multiple locations in Melbourne is a fantastic treatment for skin pigmentation. This also is a good step towards holistic skin rejuvenation, as it increases blood and lymphatic circulation in the skin.
- Chemical Peels
Also known as cosmetic peels, chemical peels are a very effective way to reduce pigmentation and improve the production of collagen, which is one of the building blocks of our skin. This helps achieve a clean, fresh and youthful appearance. In cases of severe acne and related scarring, there are specific chemical peels that can also help reduce active acne.
The selection of the right skin pigmentation treatment option for you should be taken after a proper analysis of your skin, and taking into account other factors like lifestyle, medication and more. Only a trained dermal therapist can be trusted with the correct diagnosis and treatment. The search for good skin pigmentation treatment in Melbourne can be quite a challenging task, especially as there are so many skin clinics that have mushroomed all around. But it is important to choose a reputed clinic for your treatment, as the effects of wrong treatment can cause further damage. Victorian Laser & Skin Clinic has been operating in Melbourne since 1999, which is two decades of experience in giving our clients skin that they’re happy in. Call us to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation if you are looking for the best treatment for skin pigmentation in Melbourne.