Hey guys, I recently did a post on how I'm getting rid of my hyperpigmentation. As I emphasized in the post, I am not a skin care professional. However, I recently asked Esthetician Cecilia Wong of Soie Aroma Spa in NYC to give us the low down on how we can get rid of hyperpigmentation on the skin. Just an FYI, currently Cecilia has an amazing deal on www.25tuesdays.com where you can get a Vitamin C Facial with her for $25 bucks. I reviewed a facial that I had with her here. Anyway, The deal is only for today, so hop to it. Here's Cecelia:
The way I like to approach any skin care concern is by looking for the root cause of the problem as this is the reason why a symptom develops.
The two most common reasons for hyperpigmentation or are overexposure of the sun and high estrogen levels (hormonal changes) but other factors, such as inflammation (acne), can also cause this condition. Sun spots can occur on your face, you body, hands and feet.
Now that you know the reasons for sun spots and uneven skin tone, you can approach the problem in any number of ways and the results will be visible to the degree that you apply what you know.
One of the most important things you can do regularly at home is to exfoliate, at least twice a week. Exfoliating increases the cell turnover, exposing fresh new skin. Over time you can fade or erase brown spots and have evenly tone skin.
Too much exposure to the sun can definitely result in damage of the skin. The sun spots can become darker when exposed to the sun further as melanin soaks up ultraviolet rays in an attempt to protect the skin, which results in even darker spots on the skin. Protect your skin by wearing an SPF 30 or higher( you can apply sunscreen to hands and arms as well), sunglasses and a hat.
Fluctuating hormones can also impact your skin. Speaking to your OBGYN for an alternative contraceptive or a nutritionist to help you maintain estrogen levels down. During pregnancy, many women develop what's called the "pregnancy mask," which is hyperpigmentation around the eyes.
Another source that may cause uneven skin tone is once that acne has healed, red or brown pigmentation can occur and the skin will eventually even itself out as the skin naturally sheds. Don't extract the blemishes yourself, see a professional who has the right tools and techniques to carefully perform extractions.
An easy and safe solution is having regular LED light therapy sessions. LED repairs sun damaged skin and helps to erase dark or brown spots. The result is of course evenly tone skin. Use products that contain Grapefruit, Lemon, Vitamin C and K, tomatoes (contains lycopene- a powerful antioxidant that protects skin and internal organs.), Raspberry (contains a natural SPF), Bilberry, Licorice and Glycolic Acid.
These solutions will help you work towards to having .
Cecilia will be guest posting every week on BeautyLogic, so if you have a question for her, let me know.