How to prevent skin pigmentation and its causes
Pigmented skin is a major skin care concern for many Australian women. Although the top six pigmentation correctors can work wonders on existing pigmentation, prevention is always better than a cure – which means it’s worth doing everything we can to stop it developing in the first place.
We spoke to Platinum Dermatology specialist dermatologist, Dr Ritu Gupta, to find out more about skin pigmentation, including expert tips on how to prevent it...
What causes skin pigmentation?
There are many different kinds of skin pigmentation (including acne scars, wisdom warts and hormonal pigmentation), but coming into summer, pigmentation caused by sun exposure is the one to watch out for.
As the specialist explains, this pigmentation can show on your face and body as “liver spots or age spots, pre-cancerous sun spots and moles (both benign and malignant)” and occurs when damaging UV rays (both UVB and UVA) penetrate our skin.
You don’t have to spend a great amount of time outside to develop skin pigmentation. In fact, Dr Gupta says liver spots are usually caused by “UVA rays, which can penetrate through window glass.” Scary, huh?!
Who is prone to skin pigmentation?
If there’s one thing we know about skin pigmentation, it’s that it doesn’t discriminate. Dr Gupta says fairer skin types are particularly susceptible – but as the gallery below shows, even celebrities know the struggle…