We all get a spot from time to time and hormones can influence the pigmentation in our skin … particularly after pregnancy so a flawless complexion can be an illusive commodity !
At times we have enquires from women who are pregnant and would like to treat the pigmented areas on their face… we recommend delaying treatment for pigmentation until after delivery and once breastfeeding has finished. It may fade a little over time or become less obvious and you are fighting an uphill battle while all of those pregnancy hormones are on board.
The aspiration to having a flawless complexion which is achievable to a certain extent. A good niacinamide (vitamin B3) serum and a separate vitamin c serum will provide great antioxidant activity and help blend an uneven tone over time. We formulate our serums with a good dose of Hyaluronic acid to add hydration and plump the skin while delivering the vitamins into the skin.
Retinol will also help blend while assisting with stimulating collagen production and firming as it goes …
Tyrosinase inhibitors (such as hydroquinone, kojic acid, resorcinol) are helpful to interfere with melanin production thus fading pigmentation. These ingredients should only be used for very short periods of time and are prescribed by your cosmetic doctor or GP.
(Tyrosinase is a copper-containing enzyme present in plant and animal tissues that assists in the production of melanin and other pigments from tyrosine. It is found inside the pigment cells.)
Above all, a good physical sun barrier such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide (or a combination of both) and use of a good chemical sun screen should be used daily, especially when outside in the sun. A good BB cream containing zinc oxide (such as BLOC, a range of skin protection products created by Australian dermatologist Dr Michael Freeman) and a zinc cover. The BLOC range has a tone matched range of both products. I use my zinc block daily as a concealer too which adds an extra layer of protection to those hyperpigmented areas.
Good sun protection is particularly important when you are treating pigmentation… if you are using skin fading products and do get sun exposure the risk of hyperpigmentation is a lot greater.
Call into one of our stores on the Gold Coast or in Byron Bay to discuss your skin concerns and we can suggest a treatment regime to help you achieve flawless (or almost flawless) skin.!