In Singapore, and even in the whole world, a lot of adults are experiencing skin pigmentation problems in different forms. When your skin overproduces melanin, the natural pigment in the skin, pigmentation occurs. Pigmentation can be characterized as dark spots or patches in the skin that appear darker than the natural skin colour. Sun damage is one of the major culprits why one develops skin pigmentation. Whether for aesthetic or health purposes, patients turn to pigmentation removal procedures and regimens to help them get rid of these unflattering dark patches.
Types of pigmentation removal
There are a lot of options for pigmentation removal such as:
- topical creams like hydroquinone
- chemical peels
- laser treatments
Aftercare tips for pigmentation removal
Your care doesn’t end after the pigmentation removal. At One Face Clinic, one of the leading cosmetic clinics in Singapore, it is their goal to help you achieve the best results, avoid complications and help prevent skin pigmentations from making a comeback.
This is why One Face recommends these following tips that you must follow after a pigmentation removal:
- Apply sunscreen religiously
It is a known fact the UV damage is the most common cause for skin pigmentation and applying sunscreen religiously every day is the most reliable way to prevent the development of skin pigmentation and prevent it from getting worse. Apply sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 or higher every morning before going out of the house and during midday to give yourself maximum sun protection. You can wear it under your make up and go on with the everyday routine. When swimming outdoors or when you are required to be outside under the sun for a long time, don’t hesitate to reapply sunscreen as needed to maximize your skin’s protection against the harmful UV rays.
- Wear protective clothing and accessories
Applying sunscreen isn’t enough to protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays. When going outside, and especially after pigmentation removal, protect yourself with clothing that can cover your skin and the treated areas to avoid irritations and complications. Always bring a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses whenever you expose yourself to the sun’s UV rays to prevent the development of skin pigmentations.
- Do not use harsh cosmetic products
Skincare products that contain harsh and strong chemicals can irritate and worsen your skin after pigmentation removal. To avoid irritations and further darkening of the skin pigmentation, it is recommended to use only gentle products that don’t sting or burn the skin.
Best foods to eat after a pigmentation removal
With the many post-procedure cares to be considered after a skin pigmentation removal, there are also a lot of natural ways that we can do about it. To naturally help keep skin pigmentation form ever coming back, we should increase the nutrients that the body needs to be healthy and it will do its thing and combat skin pigmentation precursors naturally. To help you in this regard, One Face recommends these foods to eat after a pigmentation removal:
- Dark leafy greens
I know that you already know that eating vegetables can do so much good for our health. We have been taught to eat them for as long as we can remember and our mothers are right to pester us to eat them every day. To add to the many natural benefits of vegetables, eating dark leafy greens have a high content of carotenoids that help filter UV radiation and manage oxidative stress in the skin and prevent pigmentation.
- Foods rich in Vitamin C
Vitamin C is super effective in destroying free radicals in the body. More importantly, vitamin C assists in the production of melanin so if you are concerned about skin pigmentation, then load up your meals with fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamin C.
Vitamin C also reduces the production of melanin in the skin. Some excellent sources of vitamin c are oranges, mangoes, guava, papayas, lemons, strawberries, grapefruits and limes. Vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, cabbages and sprouts can also help supply your body with vitamin C. You can eat them raw or by slightly cooking or steaming to get all the good nutrients that your skin needs to fight off skin pigmentation.
After a pigmentation removal treatment, foods rich in vitamin C also helps in healing up tissue and can also be helpful at supporting the body’s increased production of collagen to do that repair work on the treated areas. So, vitamin C not only help in the fighting free radicals and using that nutrients that we know are going to speed up healing.
- Foods rich in vitamin A
Vitamin A is a wonderful nutrient that is really helpful for healing up any place in the body and the skin is no exception Vitamin A helps exfoliate the skin and get rid of hyperpigmented skin cells. So, foods rich vitamin A like broccoli, spinach, carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin, and apricots are a really good choice. Besides fruits and vegetable, whole eggs and cheese are also good sources of vitamin A.
Each pigmentation removal or regimen has its own pros and cons and it can be difficult to choose what’s right for you and your condition without the help of an expert. This is why it is important to get yourself checked first with a thorough consultation from a qualified and experienced cosmetic doctor in a reputable cosmetic clinic to have a better understanding of the extent of your pigmentation and to determine the appropriate pigmentation removal technique for your specific condition.
One Face Skin & Aesthetics Clinic
1 Tras Link, #02-01 Orchid Hotel,
+65 6222 2262