The Best Pigmentation Busters
Fri, 4 October 2013 12:00PM
I’m officially in my late twenties, and there any ever so many things I thought I’d know by now – but don’t. Like how to cook without setting off the smoke alarm, and how to decorate an apartment so it doesn’t look like a teenager’s crash pad. And I definitely thought I’d know what to expect from my skin as I graduated from clueless youngin’ to slightly less clueless grown up – I assumed that fine lines and tired eyes would be the first telltale signs of ageing. WRONG. Wrong, wrongie, wrong.
Turns out pigmentation (or hyperpigmentation, to be more accurate) is one of the first things to crash the party when you enter your mid-to-late twenties (along with the cruel inability to consume more than three glasses of wine without experiencing a hangover). Little spots of bother have started to show up, Primpers, and I’m not talking about pimples (which I STILL get. Well played, universe). I’m talking about small patches of discolouration. Pinkish-red acne marks. And a few extra freckles here and there for good measure. My girl Lindsay knows what I’m talking about:
So what gives?
According to Tracey Beeby, Ultraceuticals’ head of education, the key causes are the sun, hormones, some medications, and trauma to the skin (damn you, adult acne!). The number #1 cause is that loveable larrikin sun of ours. “Hyperpigmentation is definitely one of the first signs of photo-ageing,” says Tracey. “It is very dependent on the environment as to the age in which this occurs. Those who have lived in Queensland all their lives would potentially develop hyperpigmentation as a teenager. Those who have lived in Tassie all their lives would most likely develop hyperpigmentation in their mid 20s.”
To combat uneven skin tone, apply a hyperpigmentation-busting serum or treatment underneath your moisturiser every night. Tracey recommends you look for skincare containing stabilised retinol, ascorbic acid, AHA, BHA or niacinamide. At PRIMPED HQ we like: Ultraceuticals Ultra Brightening Serum, $135, from selected clinics, Lancôme DreamTone, $105, from department stores, Dermalogica ChromaWhite TRx C-12 Concentrate, $120, from salons, and Philosophy Miracle Worker Dark Spot Corrector, $80, from David Jones.
In addition to treatments, sun protection is vital when it comes to preventing hyperpigmentation. Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream SPF30 Hydrating Colour Corrector, $45, from department stores, is a great option for the time-poor as is combines sun protection, hydration, plus a hint of foundation for coverage. For serious protection from them pesky UV rays, you can’t go past the new Ultraceuticals SunActive SPF 50+ Face Cream, $45, from selected clinics. The formula is heavy duty, but it has a surprisingly low chemical load – plus it absorbs quickly for a touch-dry finish.
Cop that, hyperpigmentation!
Do you suffer from hyperpigmentation, Primpers? And please excuse the rude question…but how old were you when it first started showing up?