What is Skin Pigmentation?
The root cause of pigmentation is essentially a substance called Melanin which is naturally found in our body and is responsible for the colour of our skin, hair and eyes. Those with darker skin would naturally have more melanin compared to those with lighter skin. It is the disruption of the production of melanin that causes pigmentation of the skin. This is when there is an increase in the production of melanin, which would then darken any previous areas of hyperpigmentation.
What Factors Affect Skin Pigmentation?
Skin pigmentation can become visible on the skin due to increased and prolonged sun exposure, genetics, medical conditions, pregnancy, trauma to the skin as well as hormonal changes. As we start to age, the appearance of pigmentation can become more prominent and affect our self-confidence.
What Does Skin Whitening Do for Pigmentation?
Skin whitening, also known as skin lightening and skin bleaching, refers to the practice of using chemical substances to lighten the skin or provide an even skin colour by reducing the melanin concentration in the skin. Whitening facial helps to lighten your skin colour and reduce dark spots area by reducing the melanin in the skin. This facial also contains antioxidants, and nutrients that makes the skin radiant and healthier and the colour looks even.
Skin whitening treatments can reduce dark spots on the skin caused by sun damage, aging, and hormonal changes. It can be beneficial for those who want to minimize skin discoloration, such as: liver spots or age spots, sunspots, melasma, freckles, post-inflammatory marks from eczema and psoriasis
What Are Some Whitening Solutions Available?
Some of the best available whitening solutions and treatments in the market are:
- Glycolic acid
- Kojic acid
- OTC lightening creams
- Lower-strength chemical peels
- Laser treatments
Benefits of Skin Whitening
Skin discolouration and hyperpigmentation can add years to your perceived age. Contrary to popular belief, fine lines and wrinkles are not our only enemies when it comes to maintaining our picture-perfect complexion.
In today’s day and age where emphasis is placed upon glorifying youth, having an uneven skin tone and undesirable pigmentation can make you look old before your time, which is why individuals are using skin whitening products to retain their youthful appearances.
Laser skin lightening is one of the most popular treatments available for whitening skin. It is essentially a medical procedure to shoot concentrated beams of light on areas of the skin to eliminate unwanted and irregular spots of the skin at short intervals. This process encourages the skin cell turnover, leading to a lighter skin tone overall.
However, this treatment is not for everyone. Consulting a dermatologist you can trust is thus crucial before you undergo the treatment. Improper use of laser treatment on a skin type that is unsuitable can lead to hyper-pigmentation (darkening of the skin) or hypo-pigmentation (lightening of the skin), leaving long-lasting consequences for your skin.
Are there Potential Side Effects of a Skin Whitening Facial?
Like all other skincare treatments, laser procedure also has potential risks and may include swelling, itchiness, and/or redness. After the procedure, your skin may feel itchy, red, and swollen. But these symptoms usually fade after a few days. For aggressive treatments, the redness can be intense and potentially last for a few weeks.
Depending on the type of laser treatment used, a burning sensation is also a potential side effect. However, this usually subsides after a few days and can be relieved by applying a cold compress.
Skin infections are infrequent, but they can also happen. Most doctors will prescribe antibiotics after the procedure is done to treat and prevent infections. Laser treatments may also cause your skin to get dry and scarred, but this depends on the type of skin you have. Hence, your beautician must be able to assess the suitability of your skin for a laser treatment to prevent undesirable consequences