Pigmentation is the color of a person’s skin; in some cases, pigmentation can be indicative of a person’s state of health. If someone experiences an illness or injury, their skin’s pigmentation may be affected and become lighter (hypopigmentation) or darker (hyperpigmentation).
Hence, it’s important to keep an eye on any changes in pigmentation, as this might hint at damage being done to your skin.
Surprisingly, 90% of what we perceive as aging is actually caused by factors that you can control, the main one being the amount of time your skin spends exposed to the sun.
Excessive sun exposure may be responsible for structural changes in the skin that will not be seen for years, and can also cause drastic changes to your skin’s pigmentation.
The sun’s rays actually speed up how active your skin cells, or melanocytes, are. Melanocytes produce melanin, the pigment that gives your skin its color, so more exposure to the sun’s radiation means more pigment in your skin.
There are total 4 types of pigmentation.
They are generally formed after menopause, or taken pre-pregnancy pills before. Pigmentation forms really quickly after 40 years old. While pigmentation is a blanket descriptor for any darker patch on our body or face, meals is a little different.
Unlike regular pigmentation which is caused by external factors like sun exposure, melasma (hormanal pigmentation) is driven internally by your hormones, particularly oestrogen.
This is why the vast majority of those affected are women, but men can get it too.
The rainbow of skin colours and tones that exist are all the result of one brown pigment: melanin. The most intense biological expression of melanin can be seen in a mole.
This pigment is common to our biology and genetically programmed to express at varying volumes. Only those with albinism cannot produce any melanin at all.
You can think of age spots as an extremely uneven tan. These distinct dark patches are the result of changes in melanocytes, the cells that produce melanin.
Liver spots are somethings referred to as, “Age Spots’, and actually have nothing to do with a person’s liver.
The brown and flat spots are many times caused by years spent in the sun. The spots are larger than freckles, are flat and often appear on areas of a person’s body that have been exposed to the sun. This links to the last common understanding of pigmentation.
Whether from the sun or from an artificial source, such as tanning beds — is the most significant cause. Hyperpigmentation often starts to take hold during middle age when the skin starts to show the consequences of sun exposure, especially if sunscreen and other sun-protective measures were not used.
Those with light hair or skin, and who have had severe and/or many sunburns are at particular risk.
There are many ways to treat pigmentation. With over 15 years of experience, and treating thousands of clients, we strongly believe using SharpLight technology.
SharpLight developed two technological advancement for treatment of pigmented lesions – Dynamic Pulse Control (DPC) and Q-Switched Nd: YAG laser. The light energy is absorbed by the melanin chromophores present in the lesion.
The energy causes the chromophores to breakdown, and the body’s natural mechanism clear way the pigmentation. As a result, the skin surface becomes clearer and blemishfree.
It is very effective for sun spots, pigmentation freckles and uneven skin tone. Results can be seen as fast as the first treatment or between 6 – 10 sessions. It is non-evasive, and leaving you little or no down time at all.
On top of that, combining that with our Environ FOCUS CARE RADIANCE Range, it helps in your pigmentation treatment.
Environ’s Focus Care Radiance+ Range contains various combination of scientifically research ingredients; a potent blend of vitamins and botanicals that assist in targeting the root causes of skin discolouration, pigmentation and helps to improve the appearance of uneven skin tone and visible sun damage.
By combining the revolutionary Mila-Smart System with your daily vitamin STEP-UP SYSTEM routine, your skin could look even more evenly radiant and healthy.