Q&A

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - HEALTH - Beauty ther­a­pist He­lene Bramwell from The Mask an­swers your beauty ques­tions. E-mail your query to marieclaire@ as­soc­me­dia.co.za

Q: What is the best way to treat/deal with pig­men­ta­tion? A: I rec­om­mend book­ing in for a con­sul­ta­tion to have the pig­men­ta­tion as­sessed by an ex­pe­ri­enced so­ma­tol­o­gist (beauty tech­nol­o­gist) to de­ter­mine the ex­tent of the prob­lem.There is an as­tound­ing ar­ray of prod­ucts that lift su­per­fi­cial pig­men­ta­tion. It is es­sen­tial not to use any­thing top­i­cally that is too strong, es­pe­cially prod­ucts con­tain­ing more than three per cent hy­dro­quinone (a skin-light­en­ing agent). Be­fore us­ing a melanocyte in­hibitor, which is a must, vi­ta­min A and C should be ap­plied two weeks in ad­vance, prefer­ably in win­ter months; vi­ta­min A at night and vi­ta­min C in the day. Needling (mesother­apy) is rec­om­mended to sup­port the process. Fraxel ® Laser, IPL (in­tense pulsed light) and eT wo (in­frared light and ra­diofre­quency tech­nol­ogy stim­u­late new col­la­gen growth) are al­ter­na­tive op­tions. Avoid UV ex­po­sure and al­ways ap­ply a wa­ter­re­sis­tant sun pro­tec­tion. Anti-in­flam­ma­tory nu­tri­ents such as omega-3 fatty acids and vi­ta­mins A and D will also as­sist the process. Skin peels per­formed by a ther­a­pist can also be ef­fec­tive, but there are no guar­an­teed re­sults.As hor­mones play a role in the cause of pig­men­ta­tion, this needs to be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion; in this case, pig­men­ta­tion can­not be re­versed, but it can be dis­guised.

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