After an outdoor lifestyle during the hotter months, we are left with the ravages which are reflected on our skin in the form of hyperpigmentation or brown marks.
As the season changes, the humidity dissipates and the cool weather brings welcome relief from the heat of summer, it is the perfect time to review our skincare concerns, practices, and home care regime.
Many of us aim for glowing, radiant skin, but regrettably, many also battle some level of hyperpigmentation. It is not a skin type, rather a common condition brought on by many factors ranging from medicines to sun exposure to hormonal changes and trauma or acne.
Any skin type can experience Hyperpigmentation – dry, oily, dark, also light. Simply put, it is the extreme stimulation of melanin in the skin that produces darkened, uneven, skin tone. Extreme melanin production can occur from systemic (with-in the body) and extrinsic (outside the body) causes.
There are numerous explanations of hyperpigmentation (dyschromia) and uneven skin tone as well as several depths of harm to the skin. The changes indicated in the skin happen as melanocytes are either destroyed causing hypopigmentation or over-stimulated, resulting in hyperpigmentation.
Our melanocytes, or colour producing cells are there for the protection of the cell initially. We require them in order to assist combating the impact of UV rays. Nevertheless, after that security process has actually taken place you are now entrusted with underlying damage and we see this in the kind of pigmentation.
Types of Pigment Changes Include:
Hyperpigmentation – darkened pigment
Hypopigmentation – no melanin
Demarcation – irregular pigmentation from picking, scratching and procedures
Melasma – Patches that appear denser and larger
There Are Three Types of Hyperpigmentation:
Epidermal – the surface is not as dense and light brown in colour
Dermal – The Skin is ashen-grey and deep brown, it also seems more solid
Mixture – Both levels are usually dark brown
Some Typical Causes of Hyperpigmentation Can Include
PIH (Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation)
Birth Control Pills Estrogen (HRT)
(Melasma) Long-Term Sun Exposure
Chemical Irritations, Electrolysis
Certain Prescription Medications
Chicken Pox Picking
Scratching, Insect Bites
Trauma to Skin
Perfumes Sprayed on Sun-Exposed Areas
Two primary elements that affect hyperpigmentation are the sun and heat. So please wear an SPF during the day, stay cool and be careful with overuse of products that contain hydroquinone. This active ingredient remains in numerous non-prescription lightening items and has numerous debates connected with it. Your skin may develop resistance, or immunity, and can even end up being darker with continued use of hydroquinone.
The goal for the in-clinic treatment is to combine both brightening and skin building treatments and active ingredients which will assist with reducing hyperpigmentation, sun damage concerns, and assist with resetting the skin towards healthy, clear and radiant.
There are numerous outcome-driven peels offered in the hands of a qualified expert, ranging from progressive to mid-depth and deep peels. One such peel is the Pigmentation Solutions Peel which is a progressive to mid-depth peel designed to begin cellular turnover, enhance skin and lower pigmentation. With simply the right balance of TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid), sake and potent melanin suppressors, skin will be left toned and fine-tuned for luminous skin.
Other Clinical treatments available to assist with lowering colouring are IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), Skin Needling, Nano-Fractional Laser, Fractional Laser, Q-Swithch Yag, Diathermy and Tixel.
When any intensive in-clinic treatment is undertaken, it is recommended to prepare your skin with supportive home care products to assist with strengthening and/ or lightening the skin for at least a few weeks prior for optimal results. This will help in the preparation of the melanocytes so there are no rebound results such as darker spots of pigment a couple of weeks post-treatment.
Diagnosing and repairing hyperpigmentation and sun damage is sadly not one size fits all. In order to reveal the best version of you, a mix of excellent house care and in-clinic professional treatments is typically the very best method to help with healthy, glowing and more youthful skin.
Compression therapy, also known as a Lymphatic Body Booster may be the ideal relaxing and beneficial treatment to assist with increasing blood flow and is perfect for clients with a BMI over 50 to support weight loss, the elimination of toxins after fat freezing or those with lymphedema.
Compression therapy is known also as Intermittent Pneumatic Compression (IPC). It improves blood flow movement in the limbs by stimulating vein support through specially designed garments and intermittent pneumatic compression pumps. However, there are many more uses and health issues it can support.
IPC therapy may also help post-partum women strengthen loose skin (the result of pregnancy or weight gain). It improves skin nutrition and helps recover skin elasticity. The results can be assisted with dry body brushing daily at home along with Radio Frequency treatments in the clinic.
IPC can help with swelling due to sitting for long periods during travel, especially air travel. In the most acute case, it can lead to something called “traveller’s thrombosis,” a grave ailment during which a blood clot forms in a deep leg vein. Heavy, tired legs, swollen feet and “cankles” are some of the less desirable effects of air travel and stationary lifestyles. IPC may assist in reducing bloating, swelling, cellulite, leg fatigue by improving oxygen flow, improving extracellular fluid clearing and lymphatic drainage throughout the whole body.
IPC may also benefit those suffering from a poor circulatory and lymphatic movement as a result of their occupation. Posture can be impaired during long periods of sitting as well. It relieves tiredness and heaviness in the arms and the legs and improves general mobility.
For those with poor circulation issues, IPC can stimulate venous and lymphatic return blood flow, therefore maintaining the normal return circulation.
Effective lymphatic drainage with IPC can promote the body’s naturally occurring toxin clearing functions to promote general body detoxification. More importantly, IPC can be used to help prevent DVT in the aging population or for those who smoke heavily, both of who carry an increased health risk.
IPC is a safe and non-invasive treatment post-liposuction, and it provides immediate comfort. It also helps with pain and swelling, as well as skin recovery.
IPC can be used to prevent the appearance of varicose veins and the prevention of hematomas after varicose vein stripping.
IPC therapy can be used to prevent hematoma and DVT in post-operative edema (post-mastectomy, etc.) and post-traumatic edema. IPC not only reduces leg swelling but also augments the veno-lymphatic pump, which is essential for the recovery of the damaged microcirculation of the skin.
For diabetic neuropathy balance dysfunction, IPC increases nutritional supplies to the peripheral nervous system, which shows significant increases in standing time with eyes either open or closed by performing functional balance tests.
IPC promotes sleep management, improves energy and relaxation. Firm but gentle pressure can relax the nervous system. When deep pressure is applied to the body, the body switches from running the sympathetic nervous system to the parasympathetic nervous system. When the parasympathetic nervous system takes over, this causes the heart rate to slow down, muscles to relax and circulation to improve. The body then produces endorphins and releases dopamine and serotonin.
IPC improves recovery and endurance for active people that are competitive in sports. IPCs allow the lymphatic and cardiovascular systems to expedite the removal of metabolic waste, which is meant to speed recovery and filter the lactic acid out of the system.
There are contraindications for the IPC therapy such as pulmonary edema, pulmonary embolism, known or suspected deep vein thrombosis, non-pitting chronic lymphedema, thrombophlebitis, acute inflammation of the skin such as cellulitis, severe peripheral neuropathy and active metastatic diseases affecting the edematous region.
Intermittent Pneumatic Compression or body boost lymphatic drainage treatments are relaxing and beneficial to assist with optimum circulatory functioning within the body. If there are medical concerns a doctor’s authority should always be given before the treatment. Treatments are beneficial every other day to achieve optimum results.