People always ask how they can improve their skin, especially how to get a pure even complexion free of pigment and sun damage. It’s not as simple as using a special moisturiser or serum, knowing what causes pigmentation and how to prevent it is key to achieving an even luminous complexion
Inflammation is Pigmentation !
What causes inflammation to the skin?
Sun exposure, trauma to the skin through picking and squeezing, acne, harsh microdermabrasaion treatments, rough exfoliants, IPL & Laser, poor diet and stress
Inflammation is mostly seen in the dermis where the melanin (colour) is formed. These cells start out clear and when exposed to sunlight or trauma release an enzyme that turns them brown. These damaged cells come to the surface of the skin in the form of sun spots and pigmentation.
Have you ever noticed when you pick or squeeze at a spot it can leave a mark on the skin or scarring? Picking and squeezing are both forms of trauma to the skin which sets off the same reaction as the sun – darkening the skin cells.. It can take a long time (& money) to remove. Not the mention it spreads bacteria. In some cases severe forms of acne can cause scarring even if you do not touch it as the bacteria is in the skin for a long time which also causes it trauma.
If you are having or have had any IPL or Laser treatments you MUST wear sunscreen always on that area afterwards. IPL causes trauma to the skin in order to get the reaction we want within the hair follicles.
Trauma = inflammation = pigmentation if you don’t take care of the skin
Prevention is better than cure!!
If you sunbathe with no sunscreen, if you drive to work every day without protection or if you use a cheap sunscreen that isn’t broad spectrum you will get pigmentation. It can take years for the damage to show up but the older we get the less time it takes to show up. Good sunscreens have a Tyronase inhibitor in it ( this is the enzyme that reacts with the melanin to turn it from clear to brown)
SPF in makeup is not the same!
We do not apply enough foundation to give us enough protection, makeup is also not broad spectrum it only protects from UVB rays. If UVA is allowed to enter the skins surface and reaches the dermis it will damage healthy cells and the pigmentation process will begin to form.