Which type of Pigmentation do you have?

By 27 July 2017 Articles & Media

There’s more than one type?? YES! Pigmentation comes in all forms and shapes and is caused by many different internal and external factors. The type of pigmentation that you have gets classified according to the above mentioned factors.

What are the different types?

Sun Damage

As a result from spending countless hours in the sun without any sun protection as a child or young adult, adults are now suffering from damage of the skin in the form of dark pigmentation spots. Sun damage does not only arise from not wearing sunblock, it can also appear when harsh products was applied to the skin in order to tan quicker as well as constant direct sun exposure like sunbeds and tanning.

A common area where sundamage can be spotted easily is on the chest. More and more people have started using a sunblock on their face every day, but lots of people are still forgetting to protect the neck and chest. The “V-Neck” damage is still very common and we treat this on a daily basis at Dermology.

Freckles

We all know that if you have freckles, it’s almost in all cases genetic. Before you start quoting Lady Gaga “I was born this way”… there IS something we can do about it. If you are prone to getting freckles, chances are bigger for you to get freckles again, and again. However we can clear the skin from freckles and then maintain the result by preventing further damage. A big rule to remember here is your sunblock. Not just any sunblock. It needs to be a broad spectrum product with at least a SpF 50+ protection.

Solar Keratosis

Have you ever applied self tan and end up with scaly patches on your skin? This might be an indication to solar keratosis. This condition gets caused by sun damage over many years. We see it more in older people. If you have one, chances are that you have more. They are usually harmless, but there is always a risk, as with all sun exposed areas. Therefore treatment is always advised. The skin is usually thicker and scaly patches on the skin on sun exposed areas. Areas that are affected usually includes:

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Ears
  • Bald Areas on the scalp
  • Arms and Legs
Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

Probably every single person has PIH. This type of pigmentation appears after any sort of trauma to the skin and the conditions there after. Think of the spot where you had the big pimple you squeezed the living daylight out of. Or what about the scratch you got on your knee while playing sports when you were younger.

How does it work??

The body protects itself with its pigmentation cells. Therefore if damage is caused to the skin, and we do not protect the skin or make sure it heals quickly and properly, the risk for PIH increases. Therefore the body sends PIGMENT to the compromised area to PROTECT it. And this is how we get the darker marks after injury to the skin, Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation.

Hormonal Pigmentation

This type of pigmentation is the most stubborn type. And it is by far my favourite concern to treat at Dermology! Once you have hormonal pigmentation, you have it. We can treat hormonal pigmentation and lighten it almost completely, but then it needs to be maintained by the person affected on a daily basis.

What does it look like?

Hormonal Pigmentation looks like definite patches on the face. This condition is also called Melasma and sometimes the “Mask of Pregnancy”. It can cover the entire face e.g. Forhead, Cheeks, Upper Lip and Jaw. Or it can be scattered or only visible in some areas.

Who gets Hormonal Pigmentation?

Even though we have seen mostly women with Hormonal Pigmentation, this last couple of years we have seen more and more MEN with this condition. Hormonal Pigmentation is not only related to pregnancy/breastfeeding/contraceptives… but the full Endocrine System. The food we buy these days as well as the water we consume, is full of hormones. Therefore EVERYBODY can be affected by Hormonal Pigmentation.

How do we treat Hormonal Pigmentation?

At Dermology we treat Hormonal Pigmentation with BBL Forever Young. We offer a package of 4x BBL Sessions which can be done over a period of 2 months. A combination of BBL as well as home care products are described after consultation with our Laser Specialist.

Maintenance:

As we treat Hormonal Pigmentation on a regular basis at Dermology, we have accumulated expert advice and tips on maintaining your clear skin tone. A combination of ongoing procedures and home care will be advised as well as tips to keep in mind on a daily basis.

At Dermology we treat all types of Pigmentation Concerns with the following procedures: