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Published on: 25 Jan 2017 by lisiana
Skin patches can be, surprisingly, an added beauty feature for some women — kind of like a Cindy Crawford signature beauty spot. For most, however, these spots can easily become a source of embarrassment, shame and worry. It’s reasonable for most people to feel so because those uneven patches of skin are signs of skin damage.
The truth about skin pigmentation.
The most important information to remember about skin pigmentation is that these damages on the skin can go beyond the surface. It may have taken years for skin to be damaged in such a way and is only beginning to manifest now. That means to say, solutions to remove patches on your skin may take years of consistent treatment before the dark spots start to improve in appearance.
To improve unsightly skin patches, you may follow one or more of the following treatment options:
1. Apply sunscreen religiously and throughout the day.
UVA and UVB are the most prevalent causes of skin pigmentation. The first being deep penetrating, it causes damages on skin cells located in the deeper layers of the skin. UVB, on the other hand, damages only the epidermis. Developing skin patches, therefore, may happen superficially or beneath skin deep.
Check out Clinique sunscreen reviews to observe how very differently the same product works out varying solutions for its users. Find your perfect sunscreen and use daily to prevent further damage to happen.
2. Use a hydroquinone cream.
Once the gold standard of skin whitening, the trouble with hydroquinone is that it is a suspected carcinogen. Yet, if you still want to try it, many countries including the US continue to approve of product manufacture and distribution. Your product choices include over-the-counter and prescription only varieties.
3. Use tretinoin or retinol cream.
If you have aging skin and possibly already using a Vitamin A enriched anti-wrinkle cream then, you are already receiving the benefits of this treatment to your skin patches as well. Many studies have shown that Vitamin A does not only help smooth en out wrinkles but also inhibit melanin production. By slowing down melanin production, these creams are buying time for your skin to treat itself.
4. Chemical peels.
This treatment option is tempting to DIY. However, it’s best to get these treatments from a professional because the risk of permanent depigmentation or discoloration is high and real. Downtime, pain and results are all dependent on two factors: the extent of your skin problem and the results you desire. This treatment is available in three classes of chemicals that act on skin: mild, moderate and intense.
5. Laser treatment.
When causes of skin pigmentation strike, damage is sure to follow. It seems that there is no skin damage that a laser treatment cannot heal and manage. The beauty of lasers is that the damaged skin is highly targeted so there’s no need to suffer healthy surrounding tissue. Depending on the laser treatment that you are availing of, the downtime and pain can vary. Make sure to strictly follow your doctor’s orders for pre-session and post-session care.
6. Skin brightening masks.
You can choose to go in for a professionally administered brightening mask or, you can mix up a DIY blend in your kitchen. To DIY, it’s simple, just follow the following steps:
Step 1: Blend honey and any citrus fruit such as berries, orange, lemon or tangerine. Citrus fruits have natural astringent properties and are rich in antioxidants which help revive and whiten your skin at the same time. These should not be applied in concentrated forms to your skin, however, or your skin will burn. You need honey to dissolve in those ingredients as it also acts as a powerful humectant.
Step 2: Dip a rice paper into a plate with your ingredients spread out. Wait for the rice paper to soften then use as mask.
Step 3: Leave on skin for 15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.
7. Oral supplementation.
Taking loads of Vitamin C and glutathione can help improve your skin complexion, including brighten your dark skin patches. Be forewarned, though, that too much of these can cause overdose.
Believe what Brooke Burke already did when she said, “I just don’t think there’s a sunscreen that gives you enough protection.” Consider yourself lucky for getting an age spot or a tiny hyper pigmentation somewhere on your face. From here on wards, be more careful with the sun.