Sun exposure – the bad news!

A golden tan that makes you look great in your youth is going to turn you into a dried up prune as you age. It is much better to minimise or reduce your sun exposure now to avoid paying a big price later.

Some skin types also have a genetic pre-disposition to pigmentation and sun exposure triggers surface freckles through to deeper age/liver spots from accumulated sun damage over many years.

Hormone induced melasma is another form of pigmentation brought about by changes to oestrogen levels from such as contraceptive pills, pregnancy or HRT use. Where practical, the withdrawal of oestrogen altering medication, will assist the reduction in pigmentation. Following pregnancy the melasma may lighten as the hormones rebalance but lightening treatment is advisable at this time.

Before any treatment is commenced it is necessary to commit to daily use of an SPF30 or greater. Non use of sunscreen will cause the pigmentation to immediately return. Include a hat with sunscreen during the warmer months for added protection.

Pigmentation is one of the most difficult skin conditions to treat and the time and type of treatment combination required varies from person to person following consultation. The treatments can include the use of microdermabrasion, enzymes or peels including retinol and lighteners and skin inject. The treatments work in combination with prescribed homecare with lighteners.  

Some Treatment Combinations Offered

  1. Skin Renewal Facial gently fades skin imperfections, refines skin texture, complexion becomes even and radiant. Backs of hands are included in this treatment. A set of 6 is recommended with homecare as advised. Suitable for a very fine sensitive skin not looking for anything too aggressive.
  2. Glycolic peel with vitamin A and Vitamin C.  Recommended as a weekly series of 6 with prescribed homecare.
  3. Set of 3 Marini Refine Peels using appropriate homecare. These peels include lactic, salicylic and citric acids with retinol and are offered every 3 to 4 weeks for optimal results. It may cause some flakiness on days 2 to 5 after treatments. Prepping with Jan Marini homecare for at least 2 weeks prior is essential and follow-up and sun exposure very limited. This is a good option for those acclimatised to peels, not concerned about skin being flaky for a couple of days following and with limited amount of time for treatments.