What Is The Best Pigmentation Treatment?
Here at Aesthetics of Liverpool, many people have approached us looking for a solution to reduce the appearance of dark patches, blotches and sunspots. This issue is called skin pigmentation, and it is a very common condition that can affect people regardless of their ethnic background or skin colour.
When it comes to looking for a treatment to counteract this skin complaint, it can become very confusing as there are so many options out there, and you may be unsure which one will provide the best results. However, we have a wide range of treatments available to help reduce the appearance of skin pigmentation, so we decided to explain two of our most popular skin pigmentation reducing treatments and highlight exactly what causes the pigmentation to form.
What exactly is skin pigmentation, and how does it form?
Pigmentation is the result of melanin overproduction. The melanin pigment determines skin colour and tone as well as our eye and hair colour. An imbalance of this leads to disorders in the form of inconsistent colouration and patterning, of which there are several different types. The most common three being melasma, sunspots, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Before looking for treatments, it is always best to find out which type of pigmentation issue you have. Here is a breakdown of the ones we see most often.
- Melasma is triggered by either sun exposure, skincare products, or hormonal changes and can develop during pregnancy. It is said that areas of this pigmentation can appear on any part of your body, but they most commonly appear on your stomach and face. Characterised by brown or blue-grey patches or freckle-like spots, melasma is harmless, and many treatments can help.
- Sunspots, also known as liver spots, are very common. If you are exposed to the sun too often over time, then you will likely see these appear. They are flat and brown, as well as being completely harmless. As such, they are noncancerous and do not pose any risk to your health, but they can be treated and eventually removed.
- Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is often the result of an injury or inflammation to the skin. A common type of injury-causing this is acne or a thermal burn. It may even perhaps be an inflammatory disorder of the skin – such as dermatitis or infection. Anyone can have it, but it mostly occurs in people of colour, where it tends to be more intense and noticeable.
What is the best pigmentation treatment?
There are plenty of options at your fingertips when it comes to reducing the appearance of pigmentation issues, many of which we offer at our Liverpool base aesthetics and skin clinic. However, we would like to focus on two specific treatments that are highly effective and that we usually recommend to our clients.
The Cosmelan Peel is a unique, multi-ingredient chemical treatment designed to reduce unwanted blemishes and dark spots. For the treatment of discolouration and pigmentation in the skin, look no further as the Cosmelan Depigmentation Peel is effective for managing areas of hyperpigmentation, melasma, and blotchy or scarred skin.
Cosmelan has a proven track record of efficacy and contains no hydroquinone, a substance often used in products that lighten the skin but are very damaging. Instead, this peel contains multiple pigment-solving ingredients in one system, such as Azelaic acid and Kojic acid – two naturally derived acids that maximise the effect.
The first step is a consultation with one of our highly trained team members where you can ask any questions, and we can check that you are suitable for the treatment. After that, we will apply the mask at our clinic. It takes under an hour, which includes cleaning and prepping your skin before the peel is applied. You will then leave the mask for 6-12 hours, depending on your specific skin type and pigmentation issue. Then you will be given products to complete the after-care at home. The products will need to be applied twice daily for the first two weeks. After that, the peeling will usually begin 2-3 days post-treatment.
Within a week, you will notice a shinier, smoother complexion. Next, blemishes will begin to fade, and your skin tone will begin to even up. After a few more weeks, your skin will have a much healthier, brighter glow. This will then continue to improve for up to six weeks.
The Dermamelan Peel is our gold standard mask treatment designed to effectively improve the appearance of more stubborn blemishes and pigmentation problems. For example, we would suggest this treatment to someone looking to reduce the appearance of freckles, chloasma and sun damage. What the peel essentially does is replenish the top layer of your skin. It does this by applying a solution of chemicals that work to even your overall tone, leaving your skin glowing!
Treatment starts with a consultation where you can voice any questions or concerns and have your skin assessed to ensure that you are a suitable candidate for the peel. Then you will be given some products to use at home. Instructions are included, but the process will already be discussed in detail during the consultation. After this, you will be required to visit our clinic for the peel application, and it must be left on for six hours. The next following visits would be at one, three, six, nine and twelve-month intervals.
Results are usually visible during the first week after the peel, gradually improving up to 80% throughout the month. Upon completion, you will be left with glowing skin that is fully plump and clear, as well as oil and pore-free. It is truly a revolutionary treatment!
Both the Dermamelan Peel and Cosmelan Peel are incredibly effective at reducing the signs of pigmentation. They also help to even out your complexion and leave your skin glowing. However, even though the ingredients making them up are similar, there is a slight difference between them. The Dermamelan Peel has added Titanium Dioxide – minerals that protect the skin from UVA and UVB radiation while also respecting its sensitivity. This gentle component is therefore great for sensitive skin in need of protection. It can also result in a reduction of redness and minimises pores.
Hopefully, this gives you a better understanding of our two popular depigmentation procedures and explains their differences. They are both greatly beneficial treatments, and many of our clients have told us that their confidence was renewed after seeing the results.
Aesthetics of Liverpool is open to the whole country, not just locally!
We are available to book even if you live in the North East, Midlands, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland or the South. Our team is made up of world-class professionals who are able to perform a variety of different treatments, all aimed at making you look your absolute best!
So if you are looking for pigmentation treatments in Liverpool and would like to learn more, please call 0151 203 1393 today! We would be more than happy to invite you in for a consultation to discuss your skin complaints and help you find the right treatment so you can look and feel your best. You can also visit our website to find out more information on these industry-leading treatments.