How To Handle Hyperpigmentation and Dark Spots
Posted on Jun 22, 2018 by Alayne White
For many people, hyperpigmentation - or dark/brown spots on the skin - are one of their biggest complexion concerns. These nuisances are typically caused by inflammation or UV exposure that cause the skin to overproduce melanin in an effort to protect itself. Changes in hormone levels, such as going through menopause or taking birth control pills, can also cause these spots to appear.
Luckily, there are ways to combat these spots, some of which need to be handled by a dermatologist, but many that can provided by the Skin Experts right here at Alayne White Spa.
One of the best ways to fight hyperpigmentation is with Vitamin C treatments. Vitamin C naturally help to protect your skin against the sun’s harmful UV rays, while also protecting against free radicals that break down the collagen in your skin. Additionally, it prevents enzymatic processes within the body that trigger the production of melanin, which - in turn - prevents those pesky dark spots from showing up. But we are also realists, the sun of the past is showing up now on your pretty skin, so despite the power of Vitamin C, it is important to have realistic expectations about what can happen!Our Vitamin Sea treatment is a great start along with a great home care regimen. It’s not only a brightening, strengthening, and protecting treatment but it’s sun-safe as well!
If you’re already dealing with dark spots, it’s not too late to try and turn back the clock (while also taking preventative measures). Peels help to give your skin a more luminous, glow-y look while also encouraging cell turnover and collagen production which can reduce the appearance of dark spots. Lactic and Glycolic Peels are particularly effective at treating dark spots, and they also require very little, if any, “down time.” However, even peels with little down time should be used with caution as they make your skin extra photosensitive. Unless you’re committed to being diligent about sun protection in the few days after a peel (we’re talking wearing SPF while wearing a sun hat and/or staying in the shade as much as humanly possible) you may want to steer clear. However, that doesn’t mean it can’t be done - if you schedule your peel for early in the week you should be good to go by the weekend.
We’re offering 15% off on all sunblock products with your Vitamin Sea treatment of the month, so be sure to book now.