03 Oct Control Your Pigment
Control Your Pigment
Ok let’s talk pigment because I am getting so many texts lately about pigment spots coming out right now. Hello summer! Pigment is a stubborn little B to get rid of and must be treated consistently.
So what do we do?
We need Tyrosinase Inhibitors! They work by blocking or sedating the production of melanin which causes your skin to have dark spots.
Because of the complexity of pigment production and the stubbornness to “get rid of it” hyperpigmentation needs to be treated almost daily. We never truly get rid of hyperpigmentation, but instead we suppress it back into the dermal layers. Your melanocytes (cells that cause darkened pigment) can be triggered to go into hyperdrive by sun exposure, heat (internal and external), and hormonal fluctuations to name a few. In other words, if you have hyperpigmentation it’s a part of you now, but it doesn’t have to be visible.
SPF is not optional when dealing with hyperpigmentation – IT IS A MUST. EVERY DAY. Tyrosinase Inhibitors must also be used often as well to help keep those pesky dark cells deep in the skin and not on the surface where they can be seen. Professional treatments will dramatically improve your pigment’s appearance but cannot be the only source of treatment. I remind my clients that I can only treat them monthly (if they come in) but they can treat their skin daily, therefore making the biggest impact in their skin. It’s almost impossible to solely treat skin conditions of any kind without a proper at-home regimen.
A few products I recommend to keep pigment under control (and slow down the aging process also) would be our most popular PC SKIN products. Pigment Bar (3-5 times a week), Spot treat with Pigment Gel HQ Free, B3 Brightening Serum, Intensive Brightening Retinol at night (3-5 times a week) and daily sunscreen (reapplied often if sun exposure is high).