THE BEGINNERS GUIDE TO PIGMENTATION – YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
What is pigmentation?
Pigmentation is a pesky skin concern experienced by many at some stage of life.
To understand pigmentation disorders, it’s helpful to backtrack and understand the role pigment plays in giving the skin its natural colour.
Melanin is a protein that naturally occurs in the body. A person’s melanin level determines natural skin colour from bright white to darkest brown and protects the skin by absorbing UVA and UVB rays found in the sun.
Pigmentation disorders occur when melanin levels are produced in too much or too small a quantity. It displays as different coloured patches all over the body or at localised points such as the hands, feet or face.
Pigmentation patches are flat and darker than healthy skin, generally non-irritating, unlikely to cause physical discomfort and are often considered more of a visual concern.
What causes pigmentation?
Pigmentation doesn’t discriminate and may be caused by any or all of the following factors:
- Sun damage caused by long-term overexposure to UVA and UVB rays
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Medication that causes sensitivity to sunlight
What are the common types of pigmentation?
Hyperpigmentation is the result of excess melanin in the skin often caused by skin damage such as burns or scarring, or UV damage caused by overexposure to the sun. Hyperpigmentation can also be the result of trauma to the face caused by severe acne.
Melasma often appears on the face and may be caused by hormonal changes caused by pregnancy, birth control, overexposure to the sun or ongoing stress.
How can I cure pigmentation?
Ahh, and there it is – our million-dollar question!
Once pigmentation sets in, it can be hard to cure. It’s a generally painless condition, so many people learn to live with pigmentation. Because the condition indicates unhealthy cells, however, putting up with pigmentation is a mistake as cellular irregularities may lead to permanent skin damage and even cancer.
There are many products on the market formulated to clear pigmentation and even out skin tone, but these must be used with caution.
Traditional pigmentation lotions may contain harsh acids, retinoids (vitamin A compounds) or ingredients that quite literally bleach the healthy skin cells to reduce the patchy appearance. With many of these solutions prescription-only, it’s essential that these are used sparingly to protect the healthy skin cells.
As a further concern, the synthetic emulsifiers and activating agents required to make moisturisers work dilute any natural active ingredients meaning that results are often achieved from a concoction of chemicals rather than from natural healing.
How does Biologi treat pigmentation?
Quite simply, the most effective way to treat pigmentation is to expose the cells to active ingredients which are scientifically proven to inhibit melanogenesis and reduce dark patches naturally.
Use a combination of the following active ingredients to reduce coloured pigmentation allowing an even skin colour.
- Vitamin C (Bk and Bf serum)
- Gallic Acid (Bk and Bd serum)
- Ellagic Acid (Bk serum)
- Tartaric Acid (Bd serum)
While many products boast these active ingredients, it’s important to remember that the full range of Biologi serums are free from artificial activating agents, fragrance or even water so they don’t compromise the integrity of the healthy cells as traditional products can do.
Biologi’s full range of single-plant ingredient Biologi serums are created using a world-first extraction method which delivers the plant serum in its natural liquid matrix so your product works on your skin just as it does in the plant.
To find out more about treating pigmentation the Biologi way, contact us today. Our team of trained customer service advisers respond to ALL customer queries and offer no-obligation skincare advice personally tailored to YOU.