How To Treat Skin Pigmentation

When the Summer months come to an end, we’re often left with a number of positive points A golden tan, sun lightened hair, and a handful of lovely memories. On the flipside, if you look deeper, you’ll often find you are left with some not-so-pleasant reminders of the sun – skin pigmentation and sun damage some of them.


If this sounds a little familiar to you, then read on. There are certain ingredients, products and skincare regimes which can really help tackle the annoyance of skin pigmentation and hyper-pigmentation. Before we go on to discuss the possible methods of treatment, lets figure out exactly what skin pigmentation is first of all:

What is Skin Pigmentation?

If you feel like your skin is showing signs of aging, but you know you don’t have overly noticeable deep lines and wrinkles, then the chances are it’s thanks to uneven skin tone. Now, we’re not talking about a slight sprinkling of freckles. We actually rate them as quite cute. We’re talking about bigger, uneven brown patches on not only the face but hands, décolletage and shoulder areas. It’s these ageing dark spots of bother that is known as pigmentation, caused by sun exposure and specifically the UVA rays which penetrate deep into your skin and cause ageing.

Usually more visible after a period in the sun, you’ll spot pigmentation in the various forms:

  • Brown Spots
  • Dark freckle-like marks
  • Discolored patches of skin
  • Patches of usual lightening of the skin

Your skin gets its color from a pigment called melanin. Special cells in the skin make melanin, but when these cells become damaged or unhealthy (usually by sun exposure), it affects melanin production. Some pigmentation disorders affect just patches of skin, which is why we often complain about dark patches or an area of ‘burnt looking’ skin.


How To Treat Pigmentation

For extreme cases, laser, dermabrasion and peels are often considered, however this isn’t always needed. Skincare has become very advanced, meaning high quality products can treat these skin concerns effectively. It’s worth bearing in mind that discoloration is actually present in dead surface cells, so it is imperative to exfoliate regularly to slough off the build-up, which will help minimize hyper-pigmentation and lighten up the appearance.

If you have dry, sensitive or mature skin, it is best to exfoliate 1-2 times a week. If you have combination to oily skin, exfoliating 2-3 times a week is recommended. However, facial scrubs should not be used on acne erupted skin as they are too abrasive and can worsen the condition. Rather, a mild exfoliant should be used

La Roche Posay Focus

La Roche Posay works closely with dermatologists to ensure that every product in the range is kind to sensitive skin while delivering visible improvements in the appearance and condition of the complexion. Targeted treatments help to boost particularly sensitive areas, such as the lips and eyes. When it comes to clearing up pigmentation and damage caused by the Sun, La Roche Posay excels in this areas due to it’s gentle yet effective formulations.

The first step that La Roche Posay takes is to encourage prevention of future skin pigmentation, and protect the skin from harmful rays. The brands range of sunscreen is dermatologist recommended, which is key when looking for the most advanced UVA/UVB protection along with antioxidants. For those who have really fair skin and need to be cautious even more so about UV rays, La Roche Posay specialize in the highest of sun protection factors, including an offering of SPF 60.

However, if you have let it go too far and you already suffer from discolored pigmentation, here is a round-up of skincare regimes and products to use to help and treat:

  1. La Roche Posay Mela-D Pigment Control Concentrated Dark Spot Correcting Serum
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    La Roche Posay Mela-D Pigment Control Concentrated Dark Spot Correcting Serum

    Mela-D Serum is a clinical-strength treatment for the correction of dark spots in as little as 2 weeks. A great product to use when sun damage is most visible after a holiday, or when Summer comes to an end. This serum significantly boosts the skin’s radiance and evens skin tone to give a much more smoother, even appearance.

    • Reduces dark spots by 48% in 3 months.
    • Kojic Acid reduces discolorations.
    • Glycolic and LHA provide precise exfoliation.
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  2. La Roche Posay Effaclar Pore Refining Anti-Wrinkle Serum
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    La Roche Posay Effaclar Pore Refining Anti-Wrinkle Serum

    This exclusive triple-action serum effectively tightens pores and boosts skin renewal, evening texture and tone. Skin renewal is on of the main ways to exfoliate away old skin cells, and this serum certainly works wonders with its AHA Glycolic Complex (7.5%), exfoliating all three levels of the epidermis. LHA unclogs pores and refines uneven skin texture and imperfections.

    • Visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
    • Accelerate skin renewal and tightens pores.
    • Formula is non-comedogenic, fragrance free and paraben free.
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  3. La Roche Posay Pigmentclar Serum
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    La Roche Posay Pigmentclar Serum

    Dark spots and skin discoloration can safely fade away with this reakthrough dermatological skincare serum that fights the three main stages of dark spot development: Underlying, Visible and Recurrent.

    • Visibly reduces dark spots by -39% in 8 weeks
    • Skin looks more even, brighter and more luminous
    • No harmful lightening agents such as hydroquinone
    • Tested on multiple ethnicities
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  4. La Roche Posay Effaclar Clarifying Lotion
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    La Roche Posay Effaclar Clarifying Lotion

    Although this lotion is great for un-clogging and clearing up acne, it’s effective exfoliation technique is great for shedding dead skin cells and revealing fresher, radiant skin. It’s also the first daily acne astringent lotion with LHA™ micro-exfoliation, and works a treat for oily skin!

    • Eliminates impurities to prevent pores from blocking
    • Immediate pure, clean sensation
    • Eliminates excess sebum and deeply embedded impurities
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  5. La Roche Posay Substiane
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    La Roche Posay Substiane

    Replenishing care for skin which needs intense hydration from enironmental stressors – which means it’s great for skin that needs treating from too much sun exposure. This daily treatment moisturizer is formulated with Pro-Xylane 5% and LINACTYL 4% to help re-densify mature or damaged skin. Restore skin’s substance to help visibly reinforce skin structure and promote renewed skin. Skin regains intense comfort, is firmer, more toned, clearer and radiant. Acts against skin sagging so that day after day features are lifted, skin’s support structure is reinforced.

    Key Ingredients:

    • Mature skin innovation in association of Linactyl and Pro-Xylane™ – An exclusive regenerating complex that targets the fundamental dermis to reactivate tissue support cells. Rich, intense comfort texture.
    • Pro-Xylane™ 5% – Replenish support cells’ environment to visibly regain skin density.
    • Linactyl 4% – Specifically targets papillary fibroblasts by reactivating these support cells to restore the facial structure even around the sensitive eye area.
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For more skin savers and SPF wonders, check out the full La Roche Posay page here. 

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