How can I treat sunburn-induced pigmentation?

Friday, 1 November 2013

About three years ago, I got really bad sunburn on my back. So bad, that it resulted in blisters across my whole back .I don’t normally burn at all. I am left with an uneven skin tone on my back. How can I fix this?

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I’m so sorry to hear you are battling with this issue. Pigmentation is a real problem and it requires a combination of good treatments and your dedication in using the correct products to treat it and prevent any more from forming. What we need to do firstly is to treat the pigmentation that is already there, and make sure we get you on to a product that will enhance the results of your treatments while preventing the formation of new pigmentation at the same time. I would have to take a good look at your skin to give you the best advice, but I would in most cases suggest a combination of chemical resurfacing, with some laser and the use of transdermal mesotherapy. You would also have to make sure you use a pigmentation inhibitor, something like Lunixyl or Neostrata’s Enlighten Serum or Skin Medica’s Lytera Serum, and of course you cannot go without a good sunblock on any exposed skin (something like Heliocare FX Gel).

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Dr Maureen Allem is a GP with a special interest in Aesthetic procedures and Integrative Anti-Ageing Medicine. She is also the founder and Medical Director of national group Skin, Body and Health Renewal and Oasis Spas, with 17 centres and four Oasis spas across South Africa's major cities in Johannesburg, Pretoria, the Western Cape and KZN. Anti-ageing treatments include non-surgical, anti-aging procedures, cellulite and weight loss programmes as well as body sculpting procedures. The ultimate aim of all consultations is to provide optimal health and to restore aesthetic beauty. Health Renewal appointments involves an hour long extensive medical consultation which includes hormonal balancing, nutraceutical supplements, intravenous support and detoxification treatments. Dr Maureen has seventeen Doctors working with her using the same techniques she has spent years honing. Dr Maureen frequently travels overseas to World Anti-Ageing Congresses and Laser Forums to stay abreast of the most up-to-date non-surgical procedures.

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  1. Ntombi Manzini

    I need your help. I have very dry skin and I haven’t protected my skin from the sun ever since. So what do you recommend?

    3 years ago •

  1. Adele

    I really will have to try this, this article really helped me because pigmentation is a big problem

    4 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    I spent about half an hour yesterday in the shop just looking at sun protection products. I think it’s fair to say we have a lot of good options.
    Sunscreen is my number one priority. I always apply a lot on the back of my hands before I drive and it’s one of the best habits I could have.

    4 years ago •

  1. Ruweida

    Great article. I have a problem with pigmentation due to sun exposure.

    4 years ago •

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