Beauty ther­a­pist

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - HEALTH -

Q: What is the best way to treat and pre­vent pig­men­ta­tion? A: Pig­men­ta­tion to­day is treat­able, depend­ing on the type of pig­men­ta­tion and the cause. Sun, heat, dis­ease, in­jury and med­i­ca­tion are ma­jor causes. A pro­fes­sional view­ing the pig­men­ta­tion through a Wood’s lamp is ad­vis­able to de­ter­mine the ex­tent of the prob­lem – the colour of the skin and med­i­cal his­tory will be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion to ad­vise on treat­ment. There are op­tions avail­able to lift top­i­cal pig­men­ta­tion but ef­fi­cacy de­pends on the qual­ity of the prod­uct and its ac­tive in­gre­di­ents. Pre­pare the skin with vi­ta­min A daily for at least two weeks and use a good ty­rosi­nase in­hibitor. In­tense Pulsed Light (IPL) can be used (not in sum­mer months) twice at the most, since long, on­go­ing treat­ments could have an ad­verse ef­fect. One of the skin-clinic treat­ments that’s ex­cep­tion­ally ef­fec­tive is mesother­apy (needling) with home-skin rolling, as well as vi­ta­min C (not ab­sorbic-acid based), to­gether with the use of a ty­rosi­nase in­hibitor and a wa­ter-re­sis­tant sun pro­tec­tion over it. Gly­colic acid creams, top­i­cal al­pha hy­droxy acids and gly­colic peels should be used un­der pro­fes­sional guid­ance. Keep sun ex­po­sure to a min­i­mum, al­ways use sun pro­tec­tion and take anti-in­flam­ma­tory nu­tri­ents such as omega-3s.

He­lene Bramwell from The Mask an­swers your beauty ques­tions. E-mail your query to marieclaire@ as­soc­me­

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