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Skin pigmentation or hyperpigmentation can cause uneven color and dark patches. Excessive production of melanin is responsible for this condition. Hyperpigmentation can occur on almost any part of the body, including the face, neck, hands, arms and legs.
Finding the cause of excess melanin production is the key to reducing pigmentation. This is generally attributed to internal factors like hormones, genetics, medications and UV exposure. Skin inflammation from skin injury, burning, and acne is called PIH or post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. You can get rid of hyperpigmentation naturally with DIY skin products and the help of some simple and easy home remedies.
AHA or BHA can help exfoliate the skin and reduce superfial pigmentation from melasma, hormonal pigmentation and post acne inflammation. Neostrata makes a good range of products.
Retinol based products contain Vitamin A. This gets converted to retinoic acid. It works both as a exfoliant, but it also slows down skin pigment production or melanin production.
Vitamin C or ascorbic acid can be useful. It acts as a free radical scavenger and can be used with Vitamin A in your daily skin care routine.
Another skin care tip is the use of plant extracts such as Potato, Tumeric, Aloe Vera, and Lemon. Apple cider vinegar can also help. Many companies now use natural plant extracts including Neostrata and Lytera.
BHA or salicylic acid combined with low strength hydroquinone is another skin care tip to reduce most forms of skin pigmentation. This is called Superfade and can be purchased from most pharmacies, including myskinpharmacy.com.au
As a laser dermatologist I use over a dozen types of lasers in various wavelengths, including pico and nano second lasers, Fraxel, Clear and Brilliant, fractional laser resurfacing and even ablative CO2 and erbium lasers. I always give a diagnosis with an examination before providing a laser solution. Please do not ask me to recommend a laser solution for your skin type, as a diagnosis is needed prior to advice. Freckles, melasma, sun damage, actinic keratosis and age spots all require specific lasers or IPL- BBL in some cases. As with all my treatments, a bespoke approach gives the best results.
Stay safe, and remember this- diagnosis before treatment. Many deaths have occurred due to poor management as melanomas have been treated with laser from non-medical or Specialist clinics. These DIY tips are designed as a safe ‘hint’ for treating your pigmentation using products that can be bought online, or at a local pharmacy.
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