Meet our new skin enemy number-one: pigmentation.These dark spots seem all too common in Australia due to our shared love of the sun, but they can be more ageing than you think. Biologists Drs Bernhard Fink and Karl Grammer found that discolouration can visually add up to 12 years to our perceived age.
Pigmentation, though common, seems to be misunderstood. It can be seen on the skin as white spots or brown spots of varying darkness. According to a survey conducted by Clinique, 62% of Australian women listed pigmentation as a major skin concern. There are multiple types of pigmentation, including:
This type of pigmentation can result in a 'mottled' appearance where small amounts of excess pigment are visible in the skin. This can become more apparent if not treated properly.
These are your classic brown spots. Well known in Australia, they are caused purely by sun exposure. When we tan, our body is trying to protect itself from UV rays. And over time, this doesn't happen as evenly as it used to, resulting in blotchy brown patches.
Some freckles are the cells just wanting to be darker than the others, some are like that due to sun damage.
Notoriously seen during pregnancy, the hormone-related spots appear on the forehead, cheeks and upper lip.
These may look a little like scars, but it's usually brought on when skin is inflamed due to an injury or even a pimple. Usuaully seen in Asian or darker skin types.
Fraxel lasers are your best bet for treating most kinds of pigmentation, depending on the severity. For less prominent pigmentation, chemical peels or skin needling can be recommended. At NAKED Skin Clinic we have a range of solutions to assist in the appearance of pigmentation. Call today to book a consultation and see what our experts recommend for you.