01 Sep Pigmentation. The best solutions for a not so perfect complexion….

Pigmentation on my skin is a massive pain in the butt!! What happened to the flawless skin tone of days gone by??

Pigmentation causes blotchy dark patches of skin usually on the face. I notice that in summer my pigmentation gets darker and harder to cover, and as you age you get more and more of it.

Excessive skin pigmentation is caused by a number of different causes including UV exposure, hormones, skin trauma, and congenital. Mine first started when i started taking the pill many years ago, and even though i stopped taking it the pigmentation never went away. It fades and gets darker along with the seasons.

Things that help reduce the appearance of pigmentation are-

Exfoliating the skin twice a week. Too much exfoliation can accelerate pigmenation when you go in the sun.

Microdermabrasion treatments. These usually cost around $80 – $120 per treatment. It reduces pigmentation a fair bit and also cleans out the pores.

Keeping your face out of the sun. This means having sunscreen in your make-up and your moisturiser and wearing it all day every day. And wearing a hat whenever you’re outside.

The most dramatic treatment (and most effective) is laser treatment. I decided to give it a go. It costs anywhere between $300- $500 for the whole face. The procedure only took about 30 minutes, afterwards I was left with an intense burning on the skin. I had to lay with ice packs on my face and take paracetamol for the rest of the night. The next day the pain was gone, The pigmentation had gone very dark and pigmentation/sun damage I didnt know I had had come to the surface too. I looked hideous for the next 3 days until the dark patches started to flake off. After 5 days it was all off and all that was left was a perfectly blemish free face! it looked GREAT. For the first time in a long time I didn’t feel like I had to use make-up. The only other thing was that it was PARAMOUNT to keep my face out of the sun. This means wearing a hat even when I’m driving….. hmmm. All in all I had fantastic results.

Mineral make-up is pretty much all you can use  after any of these treatments. Its gentle on the skin and its sun protective. Try Aves Mineral Foundation RRP $60

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