Understanding How to Treat Hyperpigmentation with Facials

How many times have you tried using weekly face masks? Perhaps you have been religiously using all the DIY treatments that “claim” to solve your skin concerns. 

If you have decided to read this article, we guess it has to do with DIY treatments not helping. Dark spots and pigmentation on the skin aren’t the kinds of things that go away with a weekly face mask. 

The sad truth is that if these go untreated for long, they just keep getting worse. If you stay in a place with a lot of sunshine, hyperpigmentation is almost inevitable, especially if you go against experts and forget your sunscreen. 

Now that you’re here let’s continue educating ourselves and treat this condition for good.

First off, let’s understand what indeed is Hyperpigmentation

You’ve heard how the skin is the largest organ in the body. Just like you take care of your heart and brain by working out and eating healthy, you need to treat your skin right too! Let’s understand how the skin looks. Your skin is made up of three layers:

The epidermis 

is the layer that binds with the dermis to give your skin its strength and elasticity. It is the first protective layer.

Your dermis 

has the hair follicles and glands (oil glands and sweat glands). Your sweat glands regulate your body’s temperature, and your oil glands keep your skin lubricated.

The Subcutis 

is the layer that stores fat for the days when your body needs some extra fuel. This is the same layer that keeps you cushioned and insulated during those unfortunate falls.

As we spoke above, if you’re exposed to the sun’s UV rays, your skin makes Vitamin D. Now, this is important to keep you healthy and save you from cancerous cells. 

But this process creates melanin, which is responsible for all the colour you see on you that makes you unique. 

The more Vitamin D, the more melanin in any area of your body, the darker the area gets. 

Hyperpigmentation is this process when your body produces unnecessarily excessive melanin. It causes redness and inflammation. 

This hyperpigmentation can show up in the form of age spots, melasma (dark spots and patches you see) and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (like the scars acne leaves behind)

Now, let’s see how we can treat hyperpigmentation.

The best news is hyperpigmentation is not PERMANENT! So, Yay for that! 

We can treat those dark spots with the right treatment plan: facials for hyperpigmentation.

Facials are those relaxing treatments you see on TV when people have a mask on their face. There are tons of different facials, some of which may not even include a mask! 

This is your rejuvenating “me-time” that will not just work hard on treating those spots on your skin, but you too get to relax for a bit from your stressed-out life.

The process of facials 

Involves cleaning, exfoliating, extracting and moisturizing. 

Cleansing removes all dirt and grime from the skin. 

Exfoliation would slough away the dead skin cells, allowing the newer layer to be ready for the next step. 

For those that have blackheads, extraction can help bring all that gunk out of your pores. 

And then, a face mask/ treatment is done to seal in the goodness of the facial. Now a moisturizer is added to seal in all the goodness from the facial you had.

There are three types of facials:

Microdermabrasion Facial 

takes off layers of dead skin on the face. It helps bring out a youthful look by removing layers of skin damaged by sun and age.

Lymphatic Massage Facial 

is when massage is incorporated on to trigger points on the face to reduce puffiness and stress

LED Facial 

uses light to calm your pores and reduce swelling in the face. Say bye to puffiness.

Go to your nearest esthetician to see which facial is best suited for your skin. We at Skin doctor use a wide range of medical facials to treat acne and hyperpigmentation and we’d love for you to check us out.

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