Are you prone to hyperpigmentation?

What exactly is pigmentation?

Pigmentation, or hyperpigmentation, refers to dark patches of your skin. They can be big or small patches.

It’s is generally not a harmful concern. Hyperpigmentation may leave your skin looking unsightly or uneven.

Our skin gets its color from melanocytes – cells that produce pigments. These melanocytes produce melanin and that’s what gives your skin its color. If the melanocytes become damaged, or pushed into overdrive, they start producing more melanin, causing dark patches of skin.

What really causes hyperpigmentation?

The culprits vary from environmental factors, to lifestyle, and even hormonal changes.

Acne can cause dark spots once the acne clears. Other culprits include injuries to skin and age spots. Age spots often occur from sun damage due to sun exposure and insufficient sun protection. They are small, dark patches usually found on your face, hands and other parts of the body frequently exposed to the sun.

When hormonal changes are the cause of hyperpigmentation, it’s called chloasma or melasma. The spots look similar to age spots but are usually larger areas of darker skin that appear more often due to hormonal fluctuations. For instance, pregnancy can lead to melanin overproduction, causing what some women call the mask of pregnancy. Also, women on birth control pills may develop hyperpigmentation since their bodies also undergo similar hormonal changes.

Obagi Nu-Derm is here to help

If you suffer from hyperpigmentation and want to control your skin’s pigment, it’s time to try Nu-Derm from Obagi.

The system has been designed to transform your skin’s appearance. With regular use, Nu-Derm can reduce dark spots to reveal healthier and younger-looking skin. This product is perfect for people who suffer from rough skin, age spots, and yellow or reddish complexions as well as hyperpigmentation.

Best of all, you can add the entire kit to your skincare regimen.

How to avoid hyperpigmentation

Besides a careful skincare regimen with Obagi’s Nu-Derm, there are a few things you can do to avoid hyperpigmentation and avoid or lessen the harmful impact of UV light and skin damage.

  1. Always apply sunscreen

Freckles, age spots and other areas of hyperpigmentation are all created and increased by UV light. While you might look and feel healthier with a golden tan, there’s really no such thing as a safe tan. Any change to the color of your skin may result in skin damage. You can avoid activating that melanin production system by using sunscreen every day.

If you’re looking for bronzed glow, use a self-tanner.

  • Use Brightening Actives

If you are prone to breakouts, you should use a brightening active the moment a breakout develops. Aim to use it before hyperpigmentation sets in and you might just avoid darker patches of skin.

What brightening actives so is inhibit the production of melanin.

Book a consultation at ENVY Skin Clinic to discuss your skincare needs.

 

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You’ve likely heard of chemical peels. Perhaps you’ve been putting off getting one. Maybe you’re really keen but aren’t sure if they’re for you.

Chemical peels can be of varying intensities and are designed to treat a multitude of skin issues.

Essentially, a chemical peel resurfaces your skin. Treatments are adjusted to suit your unique needs and ensure the very best results. Each chemical peel is designed to exfoliate the top layers of your skin.

Your needs along with skin sensitivity determine just how many layers are removed during a peel treatment. The time it takes to see results depends on the intensity of your chemical peel.

  1. Acne and scars

Chemical peels dive deep into your skin’s layers to unclog pores, at the same time skimming the surface to get rid of blackheads and post-pimple scars.

The acid used in the peel lingers in your pores. This is a good thing as it keeps the pores clear over time. If you suffer from acne or left-over acne scars, a chemical peel could be the answer. There’s little to no downtime involved. It’s also suitable for all skin colors.

  • Smoother, softer skin

There are several types of chemical peels, ranging from superficial to medium in depth. There’s little recovery time and there are minimal chances of side effects. Peels are safe to use on all types of skin and afterward, you will enjoy rejuvenated, younger-looking skin. In fact, a chemical peel visibly improves your glow and tone of your skin, increasing hydration and suppleness. Peels can be used on the face, neck, hands, and chest.

  • Fine lines and wrinkles

A lighter chemical peel can dramatically improve your skin’s tone and texture. In turn, this works to decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. At first, results tend to be somewhat subtle but become more noticeable with repeated treatments.

It’s advised that you avoid sun exposure after a chemical peel until new skin covers the treated area completely.

  • Melasma

We know there’s no permanent cure for those sun-triggered dark patches that are the result of hormonal surges – the kind caused by the Pill and pregnancy. However, chemical peels offer a possible solution to help with Melasma.

  • A host of other improvements

Besides the above mentioned skin improvements, chemical peels offer a range of benefits for several common skin complaints, including:

  • Aging skin
  • Scars
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Crow’s feet
  • Sagging skin
  • Sun damaged skin

The main benefits of having a chemical peel

No matter what kind of skin condition you want to improve, chemical peels offer some incredible benefits. Following a medium or deep peel, for instance, you can look forward to visible facial skin tightening.

What’s more, regular chemical peels help you say goodbye to pigmentation and age spots. Not to mention a dramatic decrease in forehead furrows and wrinkles around the cheeks and mouth.

Medium and deep chemical peels, especially, work well for wrinkles around the mouth. These areas can even be treated on their own with even less recovery time.

Are you a chemical peel candidate?

While a chemical peel may be suitable for all skin types, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons says some people may not be good candidates, including those who have:

  • A history of abnormal scarring
  • Pale freckled skin and red hair
  • Abnormal pigmentation
  • Used acne treatments in the last year

The best way to find out if you’re a chemical peel candidate is to speak to a professional at ENVY Skin Clinic.

Book an appointment today!

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Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 2.27.33 PMLooking to try a new skincare product in 2016? Treat yourself to the Obagi-C Rx System for soft, smooth and radiant skin. Featuring the benefits of prescription-strength 4% hydroquinone and Vitamin C, the Obagi-C Rx System reduces the visible signs of skin damage and helps keep your skin looking young and even-toned.

FDA-approved for all skin types, the Obagi-C Rx System’s ingredients can improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation (brown spots) and restore balance and clarity to your skin in just six weeks. The skincare product addresses a wide range of skin conditions. These include:

  • Minimal Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Mild to Moderate Uneven Skin Tone
  • Mild to Moderate Discoloration and Age Spots
  • Dry, Normal or Oily Skin

Perfectly safe to apply to your face, hydroquinone is still the gold standard treatment for facial pigmentation due to chronic sun damage. Better than any over-the-counter product for lightening dark spots, add the Obagi-C Rx System into your skincare regimen to rejuvenate your face. Be sure to supplement this treatment by using sunscreen on a daily basis–keep those pesky brown spots off your skin!

A valid prescription is required, so stop by Envy Skin Clinic to see if the Obagi-C Rx System is right for you!