Peels for Freckles and Pigmentation
The Skin Renewal Peeling System is the ideal treatment for freckles and pigmentation. Freckles, pigmentation and age spots are complex and difficult to treat. This is why consulting a qualified specialist is necessary. Regardless of the many causes of pigmentation, treatments will always include UVR (ultraviolet rays) as part of the treatment plan.
The main causes of pigmentation may be one or more of the following:
- Trauma of the skin
- Ultra Violet Rays
- Vitamin A and C Deficiencies
- Essential Fatty Acid Deficiency
Pigmentation caused by trauma
This type of pigmentation is usually shaped irregularly and found in places where trauma has occurred such as picking the skin, lacerations, harsh dermabrasion, strong laser peels or a deep chemical peel that left the underlying tissue damaged. To successfully treat pigmentation, the root cause needs to be correctly diagnosed.
Chloasma and Melasma are the terms used to describe hormonal pigmentation that may be caused by pregnancy, ovarian or thyroid dysfunction, the contraceptive pill, and other hormonal medications. You may have heard the terms, “butterfly mask” or “pregnancy mask” both of which are used to describe “chloasma” which is the occurrence of “melasma” during pregnancy. Hormonal pigmentation is found in the central face whereas sun damage is most often found to the outer areas of the face towards the hairline.
Certain medications can cause photosensitivity. When precautions are not taken to avoid exposure to the sun while your skin is susceptible to pigmentation, the result is a permanent, undesired darkening of the skin in large areas. There are many known photo-sensitizers that may cause pigmentation or loss of pigmentation upon application and subsequent sun exposure.
The first step to treating sun damaged skin is to wear sunscreen every single day. The level, type, and intensity of photodamage vary for each individual. You may notice the appearance of “freckles” or you may have an overall darkening of the entire skin layer. Sometimes, the damage caused by the sun’s harmful rays will penetrate below the peel depth, this will require multiple peels to achieve your desired results.
Whether you are deficient in one or all of these, a deficiency in Vitamin A, C, and essential fatty acids can lead to pigmentation. These nutrients are vital to skin health and are directly linked to collagen and melanin production. If none of the above items resonate with your current lifestyle, one of these is probably to blame. Increasing your intake of those you lack after your peel can ensure that your results will last for years to come.