Pigmentation is right up there with one of the top skin issues that many have to deal with. Whether it’s a light brown patch or a dark-coloured spot, they can appear on the skin due to various reasons. Dealing with pigmentation can be frustrating, especially when you’ve been using product after product to remove your skin discolouration with little, unsatisfactory results. There may also be false beliefs and misinformation that surrounds treating pigmentation – and this can end up harming, instead of helping, your skin.
The good news is there are aesthetic treatments available to improve your skin pigmentation effectively and regain a more even skin tone. In this article, we’ll explore more on debunking these common pigmentation myths.
1. Sunscreens should only be used outdoors
UV rays can still penetrate through windows so thus, the usage of sunscreen shouldn’t be overlooked. This also applies whether you’re travelling in a car or in an airplane – for the latter, UV rays are more intense at thousands of feet above ground, so applying sunscreen is necessary to prevent any sunlight-induced skin damage such as sun spots and wrinkles over time.
2. The appearance of brown spots is caused by the sun and ageing
Pigmentation can be characterized by brown spots, but they are all not the same. They can appear due to freckles, sun damage, age spots, melasma and acne, caused by three major factors: sun exposure, skin inflammation and hormones. Pigmentation is treated differently, depending on the underlying cause. Your doctor should examine the skin thoroughly and make an accurate diagnosis to treat for the correct condition.
3. Melasma only occurs in pregnancies
Pigmentation can be caused by hormonal changes and it is a common side effect of pregnancy, characterized by patches of tan, brown and blue-gray discolouration. Though it is more common in women, melasma also affects men. It can also be the result of consuming hormonal medications, such as birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy.
Proper sun protection is also necessary to prevent melasma from worsening. It should be treated early for the best outcomes, as melasma can gradually become darker or spread to the rest of the face. Therefore, it is important to confirm with your doctor if your darkened skin patches are indeed melasma and determine the underlying cause for effective treatment.
4. All types of laser treatments for pigmentation will work
Due to various underlying causes, your pigmentation has to be accurately diagnosed by the doctor so it can be successfully treated. There are different lasers and settings used for different types of pigmentation removal – going for an unsuitable one may worsen your initial problem. Common treatments such as chemical peels, prescription-only oral lightening supplements and lasers are advised depending on your skin type and condition.
At Aesthetics Central Clinic, our doctors will analyze your skin before recommending the right treatment to remove the pigmentation on face. We carry the Crystal Tomato oral supplements that help to improve your overall skin tone and texture. If suitable, you can also try the Cosmelan Peel to treat all types of melasma, which includes a home treatment step. The Tri-Beam Qswitch Laser operates with a laser energy pulse at billionths of a second to release the pigmentation into the skin to be disposed by the body naturally. This laser is also effective as an acne removal treatment, in which it kills the P-acne bacteria and minimize oil glands in your skin to reduce acne breakouts.
Tackle your pigmentation woes with our doctors at Aesthetics Central Clinic and find out more on the suitability of the treatments for your skin. Book an appointment with our concierge at +65 62218221 or +65 97268856 (WhatsApp).