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06.27.17

7 Ways to Treat Pigmentation and Age Spots

Age spots and pigmentation can be very ageing and difficult to cover with makeup. This is a very common complaint and with so many promises from products, it can be difficult to begin to know where to start to find a solution.

7 Ways to Get Rid of Age Spots and Pigmentation Patches

Age spots and pigmentation can be very ageing and difficult to cover with makeup. This is a very common complaint and with so many promises from products, it can be difficult to begin to know where to start to find a solution.

But before we even begin to give you any advice it is important to understand that there are different types of pigmentation; pigmentation known as age spots or liver spots, hormonal pigmentation and melasma which is a wider and larger pigmentation of the skin.

Quite often a multi-pronged approach of treatments and maintenance programs along with home care products are essential to fade the pigmentation and prevent its return. Very often, people are throwing their money away on cosmetic creams and serums that promise to colour correct and fade pigmentation spots.

So what do you do?

Always start with a consultation with a dermatologist or medical aesthetic clinician who will be able to identify the type of pigmentation you have and the most suitable course of action.

It is possible to get a flawless complexion without the need for heavy foundations and here are our top 7 treatments to get rid of pigmentation:

  1. Nu-derm by Obagi, which is a complete system that fades pigmentation and also delivers ingredients to the skin that suppress the melanocytes to produce pigmentation. A Doctor, Dentist or Aesthetic Nurse Prescriber are the only people who can prescribe this system. The system can be used for 6-24 weeks and a marked reduction of pigmentation can be noticed after 6 weeks.
  2. Colour-correcting laser, which is actually IPL (Intense Light Therapy).   This is a treatment that targets the pigmented areas on the skin and causes them to break down and eventually fade away. Multiple treatments are required and although it is effective at reducing the pigmentation it doesn’t do anything to suppress further production. Skin peels and skin care products are required to prevent more outbreaks.
  3. Skin peels have the ability to both break down pigmentation and suppress its production. Courses of peels are typically required and there are many different types
  4. LED light therapy. A canopy is placed over the face of which green light penetrates the skin helping to break down pigmentation patches.
  5. Microdermabrasion is another useful method although it works better when in conjunction with peels and/or LED light therapy.   (Microdermabrasion, Vitamin C Peel and Green LED phototherapy actually compliments the colour correction laser really well.
  6. ZO Medical Brightenex cream which can reduce pigmentation and is also an excellent maintenance cream because it contains inhibitors to prevent pigmentation being stimulated.
  7. Wearing a good SPF all year round won’t actually get rid of pigmentation but it is essential to managing it becoming worse or to return. It must be applied liberally and often for it to block out the harmful rays of the sunshine.

All of these treatments actually work and a consultation will enable you to discover what would be best for you.

Have you ever had treatment for pigmentation?

What have you found to work?