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  • Unwanted Spots? Some Extra Help is Needed!

    Bettina ZammertSummer is over, and for most of us our holidays are now only a happy memory. However, some “souvenirs” stay with us a little longer than we want. I’m talking about brown discoloration of the skin, called hyperpigmentation. It develops very quickly, but it is very difficult to get rid of again. And what is really tough is that it not only makes the skin tone look irregular (as if that weren’t already bad enough), but it also makes us look older. So clients with hyperpigmentation can often suffer great distress, and the results don’t usually come about quickly enough.

    It’s very important that you don’t promise more than you can expect to deliver so you don’t disappoint your clients. Be realistic, and tell your clients that, depending on their age, it can take up to four weeks before the pigmentation marks start to lighten.

    And speaking of realistic expectations, have an in-depth consultation with your clients to establish the cause(s) of their hyperpigmentation. The sun is often the actual reason for changes in pigmentation, but not always. The unwanted marks can also be due to a hormonal imbalance or inflammation, or even stress. Another possibility is a phototoxic reaction to something like perfume, for example. Some medications and even plant active ingredients can increase photo-sensitivity.

    So you can see there are lots of possible causes of hyperpigmentation, and when it comes to treating the issue, sun protection with a minimum SPF of 30 is vital, as is the regular use of pigment-reducing products in your clients’ daily routines.

    In a professional skin treatment, exfoliation with Lactic Acid has proven extremely effective, because Lactic Acid blocks the enzyme Tyrosinase, which plays a key role in melanin synthesis. Furthermore, the removal of discolored cells makes the skin tone visibly more even after the treatment.

    So effective treatment of hyperpigmentation depends on both your clients’ daily skin care routines at home and the causes that led to the discoloration. If, for instance, it is due to a hormonal imbalance, then treatment will take longer and possibly only have the desired effect if the hormone imbalance is treated by a medical practitioner at the same time. Either way, be sure your clients layer on the SPF daily and take the necessary precautions otherwise to prevent the hyperpigmentation from growing worse!