SPOT TREAT­MENT

A der­ma­tol­o­gist tells us three ways to fend off hy­per­pig­men­ta­tion

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Treat­ing hy­per­pig­men­ta­tion is the tough­est task in the skin­care biz, ac­cord­ing to Dr. Now­ell Sol­ish, Toronto cos­metic der­ma­tol­o­gist. “If there was a treat­ment that could get rid of all hy­per­pig­men­ta­tion it would be big­ger than Bo­tox,” he says. Here are his rules and re­cos.

1 Pro­tect your­self from the sun “The sun is the ma­jor cul­prit in pig­men­ta­tion. If you have pig­ment from acne, the sun makes it worse; if you have pig­ment from hor­mones, the sun makes it worse; and the sun also causes a lot of pig­ment.”

2 Try light­en­ing creams Sol­ish says hy­dro­quinone in over-the-counter strength can have some ef­fect and retinol can help, but he stresses that all top­i­cal treat­ments cause only mod­est im­prove­ment.

3 Head to the clinic “Chem­i­cal peels and lasers can help lighten the pig­ment,” says Sol­ish. For sun dam­age, he rec­om­mends In­tense Pulsed Light (IPL) treat­ments, which he says can de­liver about a 50 per cent im­prove­ment, some­times more.

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