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PIGMENTATION AND AGE SPOTS
There’s a strong genetic link between our skin type and how active our pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) are. If your mother has passed on Asian, Hispanic or African genes, your darker skin will enjoy greater natural UV protection, but it may also have more reactive melanocytes, which can produce clumps of pigment visible as dark patches (hyperpigmentation). ‘This can be triggered by UV exposure or other forms of inflammation, including acne, rosacea and even anti-ageing treatments that work by creating an inflammatory response, such as IPL and laser,’ says Dr Shah-desai.
If you’re very fair skinned like your mother, any pigmentation is likely to be from UV damage, in the form of age spots called solar lentigines.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
AT HOME Never skip your SPF, even if you have darker skin. Use topical treatments like brightening vitamin C serums (try The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30%, £4.90) and skin-renewing vitamin A derivatives, such as retinol, found in Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream, £65. PAY A PRO Treatments for pigmentation include IPL, laser and glycolic peels, though be wary if you have dark skin. Dr Shah-desai offers Tixel, a non-surgical treatment that tightens the skin around the eyes and cheeks while infusing it with skin-brightening arbutin and kojic acids. Topically, she recommends IS Clinical White Lightening Complex, £98, which inhibits melanin, reduces inflammation and provides antioxidant protection.