Despite your best efforts in regularly using SPF, days spent under the sun can take a toll on your skin and can lead to sun damage and unsightly dark spots. With the warmer weather around the corner, it is important to not only prevent future sun damage from occurring, but also remove any existing pigmentation you may have to help you have a clear complexion and the confidence to go make-up free this summer.
Commonly referred to as age spots, sunspots are patches of pigmentation that vary in size, are usually brown, black, or grey in colour and can appear on areas of the skin such as your hands, face, neck, chest and shoulders. Sunspots typically begin to form when UV rays stimulate the production of melanin in the skin, which is a pigment that is produced in response to sun exposure to protect your skin.
Although harmless and not painful, sunspots and pigmentation can often be frustrating and difficult to get rid of especially if you want to achieve a smoother, clearer complexion. There are many products that claim to be quick and easy fixes, such as spot correcting creams, brightening serums or acid toners. However, many of these products can potentially be harmful to your skin when used incorrectly and may instead lead to further skin damage, irritation and skin sensitivity. Often, these products will also require prolonged periods of consistent use before any results can be seen.
On the other hand, natural household remedies such as lemon, apple cider vinegar and aloe vera have also been hailed as miracle cures for pigmentation. These DIY skincare remedies can often be problematic and can aggravate the skin as they use highly potent ingredients that can disrupt your skin PH levels, weakening your skin barrier and leaving your skin susceptible to further damage.
The safest, most effective method for targeting skin pigmentation is regular PicoSure skin revitalisation laser treatments. FDA cleared and TGA listed, PicoSure treatments harness revolutionary picosecond technology to deliver short pulses to the skin that stimulate the production of collagen and elastin to promote cell turnover and skin renewal for healthy, more youthful-looking skin. With PicoSure, there is virtually no downtime post treatment, meaning you can return to work and day-to-day activities immediately after the treatment.
To begin your pigmentation removal treatments, find your local PicoSure clinic today.
Sunspots and beach tans do not need to be synonymous – you can still achieve a bronzed glow this summer without worrying!