The hyperpigmentation that is perched on it, however, NO. We are not friends. We are enemies,
and it is my chief focus in terms of corrective skin care. I wish it a grisly
death many times over.
Hyperpigmentation, also known as sun
spots, age spots, dark spots, brown marks and `the mask of pregnancy`, is so
common among Australian women that my statistic calculator broke when I asked
it for some numbers. We all have it, and while all skin tones suffer from
pigmentation, those with darker Asian, Mediterranean and African skin tones are
particularly prone. Especially if they have a lot of sun exposure.
IT`S REAL EASY TO GET.
Just ask any doll
who`s spent a week on a beachy holiday only to return with brown smatterings
across their nose, upper cheeks, upper lip and forehead and they will tell you
just how easy.
is because hyperpigmentation is (most often) caused by UV exposure. Ysee, UV
stimulates the pigment cells (melanocytes) in our epidermis to start
making melanin. This is what causes suntans (sooo `80s) but also hyperpigmentation.
Another terrific reason to not to hang out in the sun.
most of the hyperpigmentation you`ve got now, you actually probably actually
earned 20 years ago. (It takes an average of 10 years for sun damage to
translate into brown spots.) It`s just being encouraged and worsened by current
UV exposure. Cute!
Heat: Environmental heat can trigger your hyperpigmentation.
This is so incredibly shit because even if you are FBI vigilant about your skin
care and physical sun protection and hat and sunnies, you can still cop
discolouration, because thermal heat encourages those naughty melanocytes to
Hormones: Hormonal hyperpigmentation looks the same as
UV hyperpigmentation, but has a bitchier attitude and eats more Tim Tams. It`s
generally caused by the pill or pregnancy and is further exacerbated by that
big hot witch in the sky.
Injury: Know how when you pick at a pimple, you get
that red-browny scar that won`t piss off, no matter how much Vitamin E oil you
use on it? That`s because it`s not a scar, it`s post-inflammatory
hyperpigmentation, which comes about after trauma or injury to the skin. It can
also happen after needles, injections, burns or any kind of inflammation.
WHY SHOULD I CARE SO MUCH ABOUT
to be blunt, it`s making you look older than you actually are. You see,
hyperpigmentation creates uneven skin tone, which I believe is far more
ageing than lines and wrinkles.
not alone in my thinking of this. In the last five years or so, you would have
seen a whole bunch of new products pop up that are skin discolouration
targeted. They have names like `Dark Spot Corrector` or `whitening` or `brightening`
and work to fade that excess melanin to the point where your skin is brighter
and in the case of Caucasian and Asian markets, whiter. They are not bleaching
products. Most of the time they simply exfoliate the skin to remove the layer
of skin cells with the brown spots and therefore give an overall more luminous
complexion, and/or they incorporate ingredients and technology to specifically
target the site of the melanin production, and put up some stop signs.
If you have hyperpigmentation, you should be using these products.
Trust me on this one. If you focus on removing (or seriously
fading) those dark spots, and making your skin look as bright and luminous as
possible, you won`t care about any lines and wrinkles you have. I promise! I
promise. Such is the power of even skin tone. Think about women in countries
that see very little sun: they may have many wrinkles, many creases, but since
their skin tone is free of sun spots, they still maintain a look of youth and
glow. Compare this to a woman who has spent a lot of her life in the sun, and
has a face covered in dark splodges: the skin looks uneven, weathered, aged,