Are you dealing with pigmentation? Whether you have freckles, age spots or melasma, pigment can be stubborn and difficult to address. Often one of the hardest parts can simply be knowing where to begin. We’re put together a few simple tips when it comes to combating your pigment.
Things you need to know about pigmentation
There are many different types of pigmentation, and each requires a different approach. One topical skincare ingredient or in-clinic treatment that works for one type of pigment won’t necessarily work for another.
Another point to remember is that dealing with pigment is an ongoing journey. Once you have successfully faded your pigment, ongoing maintenance is required to keep it at bay. If you are prone to pigmentation in the first place then it will inevitably continue to be produced by your body, and unless you continue along a pigment-reducing homecare regime and potentially some in-clinic maintenance treatments every once in a while, you run the risk of your pigment returning.
Where to begin
A professional skin assessment and diagnosis is always the best place to start, so that we can figure out your unique situation and what is triggering your pigment in the first place. If you are unable to make it into the clinic to do so (for example, during Sydney’s current lockdown at the time of writing this!) we always recommend commencing your depigmentation journey with topical skincare. This can start to reduce and fade your pigment and address other signs of UV damage, while also prepping your skin for in-clinic treatment of deeper, more stubborn pigment once the clinic is back open.
The aim of topical pigment-reducing skincare is to both fade and lighten existing pigment in the skin, and to reduce the activity of the skin’s melanin-producing cells - our melanocytes. Some wonderful topical pigment inhibitors we have at Lisa Rush include:
- iS Clinical White Lightening Complex
- Cosmedix Elite Refine RX
- Cosmedix Simply Brilliant
- Our new Skinceuticals AOX Discolouration Pack
When it comes to our Lisa Rush professional treatments to combat pigment, our favourites include:
Microneedling - our medical grade microneedling treatments can not only assist with collagen induction and retexturising skin, but can also help to break up superficial pigment, particularly when you upgrade to our Mesoestetic Photoageing C.Prof Solution, which we infuse into the skin during your needling session to further fade pigment and brighten your complexion.
iS Clinical Prodigy Peels - The Prodigy Peel system combines powerful ingredients to assist in clearing uneven skin tone, congestion, and more advanced signs of ageing including sun spots. Some degree of downtime is expected with this treatment, including mild peeling or flaking of the skin around 3-4 days post treatment which when supported with our prescribed home care routine leaves you with incredible results.
Cosmelan - our intense depigmentation peel. Cosmelan has established a global cult following due to its powerful results and significant reduction in pigmentation including stubborn melasma. The treatment involves an intense depigmenting mask that is applied in the clinic and left on for 8-12 hours, then removed at home. For 2-3 months post treatment a daily routine of products have to be applied to regulate the overproduction of pigmentation. For this treatment the maintenance products are just as important as the initial treatment and so a commitment to treatment directions is expected in order to gain the best results. While this is quite the commitment for some, the results are astonishing and won’t disappoint!
Why skin prepping matters
Before heading into the clinic to receive your treatment of choice, we always recommend prepping your skin with topical skincare designed for pigmentation for at least 3-4 weeks prior. This not only improves the quality and health of your skin leading to faster recovery, but begins the work of fading your pigment, providing even greater results from your treatment. It also aims to reduce melanocyte activity, which reduces the chances of pigmentation being produced after your treatment. And our number one tip - wear sunscreen each and every day, even when indoors. UV radiation (some of which can penetrate through glass) is the number one stimulator of melanocyte activity, so reducing UV exposure can go a long way in reducing and preventing pigment.
We are incredibly excited to introduce you to an all-new, multi-functional treatment for complete skin rejuvenation - the Venus Tribella treatment! The amazing Venus Versa device by Venus Concept utilises three different technologies in one, which we can use individually or together all at once. The Tribella treatment incorporates all three into the one facial treatment. This includes Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), NanoFractional Radio Frequency (RF), and Venus Concept's proprietary (MP)2 technology (Multi-Polar Radio Frequency + Pulsed Electro Magnetic Fields). Not only are these technologies incredibly effective at treating pigmentation, but you’ll also be plumping out fine lines and wrinkles, restoring volume and elasticity, improving texture, decreasing redness and vascularities, and addressing scarring.Head to our online shop for all of your pigment-reducing homecare, or if you need some extra guidance, feel free to reach out to us via email@example.com or call us on 0450 585 159.