One of the most common skin care concerns for especially women are hyperpigmentation – or some refer to it as brown marks/patches on their skin (facial area).
What are the most common causes?
- Age (and sun exposure) – Due to years of sun damage you see sun spots/age spots/liver spots appear on sun exposed areas as you get older.
- Hormones (and sun exposure) – Many women develop a type of hyperpigmentation called chloasma during pregnancy but this can actually appear any time during a woman’s life. It generally only appears during the late 20’s and can progressively get worse.
- Inflammation (and sun exposure) – Some people hyperpigment as part of the healing process (inflammation) after an injury. You often see this in acne sufferers.
- Other – for example certain types of medication/diseases and chemicals (like certain perfumes) can cause hyperpigmentation.
You will see that all these factors go hand in hand with SUN EXPOSURE. So sun exposure is the COMMON DENOMINATOR.
What can you do about it?
Let’s BE REAL about this before I get into who you can see and what you can potentially do…
Hyperpigmentation in MANY cases is something that you will struggle with to a certain extent for the rest of your life. You might be able to lighten it when doing treatments/using products, but the chances of it disappearing completely and staying away is very RARE.
So you need to learn to manage it. What I mean by this is that you learn to:
- Properly protect your skin from the SUN (An effective UVB/UVA + anti-oxidant sunscreen and things like a hat when outside).
- You might decide to regularly go for a skin treatment that treats hyperpigmentation
- Use a product for hyperpigmentation together with your other skin care products
- Get good quality make-up if you feel you would like to camouflage it a bit during the day.
Hyperpigmentation is a condition that is understood by the medical and skin care community to an extent, and there are many products and treatments that claim to be effective.
But I once had a chat with a renowned dermatologist (from Johannesburg) who did his thesis on hyperpigmentatoin – and he told me that he believed it is something that is not yet understood 100% and there is nothing yet on the market that can claim that it will work 100%!
So my suggestion:
USE SUNBLOCK EVERY DAY!
Chat to your dermatologist/skin care specialist about your treatment and product options – BUT BE REALISTIC IN YOUR EXPECTATIONS.
AND FINALLY… Love yourself and your skin… I can promise you that you are more aware and self-conscious about it than anyone else! Take good care of your skin and do what you can, but don’t obsess about it… Because it IS a difficult one…and best made peace with to a certain extent…and managed well.
Love Helene xxx
PS. I am not going to talk about product options in this blog… Will have to cover it in another blog – so much to say but I want to keep my blogs short(ish) 😉