Scientifically referred to as hyperpigmentation, age spots (or brown spots) are deposits on skin caused by an overproduction of melanin. Melanin is what gives color to our hair and skin: those with less pigment have lighter skin and hair, and those with more pigment have darker skin and hair. While melanin is genetically determined, it can be heavily influenced by UV light or hormones. In the past decade, there has been an enormous surge in the desire to lessen the appearance of age spots, as research reveals they contribute as much to the visible signs of agin as a wrinkle. Dermalogica Chroma White a new brightening Range by Dermalogica works at fading and reducing hyperpigmentation.
By the time we are sixty, 90% of us will have age spots induced by repeated exposure to UV light. UV rays accelerate the production of melanin in skin, while melanin is produced to absorb harmful UV light (resulting in a tan), abnormally high concentrations of melanin cause damage to melanocyte cells, causing them to "clump" together. They then begin the journey to the outer layer of skin and are deposited as surface spots.Dermalogica's Chroma White Pure Light you will be glad to know contains SPF30 so you can brighten and protect your skin in one.
•Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation
Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation stems from a melanocyte cell's exaggerated response to injury, resulting in an increased or abnormal distribution of melanin in the tissues, causing scarring.
Also known as "The Mask of Pregnancy" Melasma is triggered by an increase in hormones from being pregnant or taking oral contraceptives. Melasma can be worsened by UV exposure, can disappear post-pregnancy or after the ceasing of oral contraceptives, can persit for up to five years afterward, or even come back if pregnancy occurs or contraceptives are taken again.
Dermalogia Chroma White Range - Uses a New Brighteing Peptide to Help Reduce pigmentation along with Vitamin C and other brightening agents, which are totally safe for the skin.
For years Hydroquinone has been used in concentrations up to 2% within products designed to lighten skin. While hydroquinone may be a popular pigment lightener, there are many concerns regarding its safety. It has been estimated that one third of the population is allergic to Hydroquinone. Serious contact dermatitis has been noted and skin may be photosensitized with prolonged use. In some cases, a condition known as onchronosis can result, leading to hyperpigmentation and acne-like lesions. Others report hyperpigmentation (extreme lightening of skin) when used on an olive skin colour.
Many professionals choose botanicals and extracts over Hydroquinone to treat hyperpigmentation, such as dermalogica chroma white. The Tyrosinase enzyme it the chemical catalyst for the triggers that lead to hyperpigmentation - meaning it is the best place to start when working to control this skin condition. Ingredients including Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate), antioxidant White Tea Extract, Gluconic Acid, antioxidant Licorice Root Extract, Lactic Acid, Niacinamide, Oligopeptide-34 - the latest peptide made for dermalogica chroma white range, Phytic Acid (Rice Extract) and Zinc Glycinate all can help slow down Tyrosinase or help control it, while brightening skin.
•Have realistic goals about how quickly you will see results. You must consistently use your prescribed brightening regimen morning and night for up to eight weeks before attempting to detect improvement. This is because it takes about 45 days for existing melanin to slough off.
•Following a strict brightening regimen will fail to provide results if an SPF of at least 30 is not worn on skin whenever skin is exposed to daylight.
•The depth of your pigmentation will dictate the degree of effectiveness. Sun-induced pigmentation is the easiest to treat, while hormonally-induced and deeper post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation are more challenging.
For more customised answers to your lightening and skin health questions, speak with your skin care therapist.
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