Alpha-H Pigmentation Skin Care

Skincare Routine To Reduce Pigmentation

Pigmentation is a condition which causes the skin to appear lighter or darker than normal. If you have brown patches, you have what’s known as hyperpigmentation. Excessive skin pigmentation is a result of abnormal production and deposition of melanin. Excessive skin pigmentation can arise from a number of causes including UV exposure, hormones, skin trauma, and congenital (existing from birth).

The most common forms of pigmentation are due to sun exposure. Solar lentigos, colloquially known as ‘sun spots’ are an example of this.

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is due to trauma to the skin, resulting in inflammation and pigmentation. Causes can include acne, laser, laser hair removal, IPL, chemical peels, and physical trauma.

Melasma or chloasma is a form of pigmentation which is stimulated by oestrogen; be it from pregnancy, medications (such as the pill), or normal circulating oestrogens.

Sun protection is an absolute non-negotiable in the fight against pigmentation!

Morning

Start the day with a clean and clear slate by cleansing with Balancing Cleanser. This non-foaming cleanser returns your skin to its ideal pH, so your lipid barrier is balanced and ready to face the day.

Follow your cleanse with Vitamin C Serum which helps to reduce existing pigmentation, and prevent further pigmentation from sun damage thanks to its ability to inhibit the production of melanin.

Of course, in order to prevent UVA and UVB exposure from causing further pigmentation, the final vital step in your morning routine in Protection Plus Daily SPF50+.

Evening

The first step in your evening routine is to wash away the day’s grime and/or makeup with Balancing Cleanser. We always recommend a double cleanse in the evening to fully clean the face, and return it to its ideal pH.

Follow your cleanse with Gentle Daily Exfoliant. As its name suggests, this enzymatic exfoliant is gentle enough to be used every day, and works to ‘digest’ the glue which sticks dead skin cells to your skin long after their demise; it’s a little like Pac-Man! You can even add the Gentle Daily Exfoliant into your second cleanse with Balancing Cleanser.

Every second evening, you should round out your routine with Liquid Gold; our cult favourite Glycolic Acid based chemical exfoliant. Liquid Gold works to reduce the appearance of pigmentation on the skin by removing upper cellular staining and encouraging fresh, new and unpigmented cells to move to the surface of the skin.

Tip: It is important to note that it is essential you use SPF when using Liquid Gold else this fresh new skin can become pigmented as well.

Would you like further advice or assistance building your routine? Our highly trained therapists are here to help! Contact us on live chat, submit a consultation card, or request a live online skin consultation to get personalised, complementary advice for your unique needs and concerns.

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