Nothing works for my pigmentation – what more can I do?

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

I have pigmentation marks on my cheeks and also on my upper lip. It’s very bad and I have tried loads of products, yet nothing I apply to my skin helps minimise them. Is there anything left for me to do?


Skincare expert and founder of Skin & Body Renewal, Dr Maureen Allem, responds:

The first thing we have to do is determine the type of pigmentation that you have. This may explain why the products you have tried have not worked on you. If pigmentation is very deep, a lot of the common topical products will not work. Just the pattern of pigmentation that you are describing (upper lip and both cheeks), leads me to believe that your pigmentation is hormonal. This means you have to treat it in two ways, namely: from the inside as well as from the outside. What we would need to do is investigate what the hormonal imbalances are that are triggering the pigmentation and treat that with oral supplements to slow down the production of pigment. We would then be able to prescribe appropriate topical products which are suitable for hormonal pigmentation to assist in treating the pigment that is already there.”

Ask Dr Allem all your skincare questions here.

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    I think i am starting to get sunspots so this is great to know. I’m guessing one should visit a dermatologist in order to find out the root cause of the pigmentation?

    3 years ago •

  1. Nixxi

    Lamelle have a pigmentation range called Luminesce which works great for pigmentation.

    3 years ago •

  1. Amiena Davids

    very informative thank you. I think my pigmentation is due to an hormonal imbalance

    3 years ago •

  1. Candice Petersen

    This is such an informative post

    3 years ago •

  1. Tanya Lawrence

    I have freckles will they go away with treatment – I’m 44yrs old

    3 years ago •

    1. BeautySouthAfrica

      Hi Tanya
      Although there are many treatments to minimise the appearance of freckles, it’s very difficult (if not impossible) to get rid of them completely. Please discuss this with your skin therapist as she will be able to explain all the options to you.

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