How to lighten facial pigmentation

Question

Dear Dr,
I recently developed pigmentation on my face. I was told that this was natural for Indian skin. How can I lighten the dark patches?

Submitted by Beryls on 10 March 2015

Answer

Hi reader
Pigmentation is a process that becomes more easily noticeable in darker skin types, however, the process can affect all skin types. The skin cells that produce pigment can be easily triggered by hormones, heat, ultraviolet sunlight and inflammation. Depending on the cause and the depth of the pigment layers in the skin, it can be approached with a variety of treatments. Unfortunately, pigmentation can never be removed completely (as this would leave you with white marks instead of dark marks), but the good news is that it can be brought under control to a point that is not easily noticeable. Your skin care practitioner will analyze your pigmentation problem and create a plan of management for you to follow. This plan will always include effective sunscreen protection against UVA, UVB and infrared rays. Exfoliation is important to remove the excess darkened skin cells, and pigment suppressors will prevent the pigment from returning again. Depending on your exact skin type, certain chemical peels, micro-needling and LASERs may be useful. There are some very effective treatment mask kits available to tackle this problem too. They involve a process that involves intensive care over 6 months. Intravenous infusions of antioxidants are not only effective skin lightening treatments, but fortify the entire body against illness and cancer. It is just as important to treat the internal cause of the darkening skin as it is to treat it on the surface. Many patients have been found to have underlying insulin problems, adrenal strain, digestive and gut imbalances, and correcting these as part of the management plan is vital.
Wishing you brighter skin for the future!

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