How Can I Prevent Hyperpigmentation?
Hey guys, hope everyone is doing great. Yesterday, I wrote about hyperpigmentation and age spots, detailing what it is exactly as well as potential causes and reasons for it occurring. You can click here to read the original post.
As promised, today I will take a look at several ways in which you can prevent hyperpigmentation as well as ways you can treat it if you already have this skin condition.
There are many simple things you can do to prevent hyperpigmentation and age spots. Perhaps the easiest of all is to apply sunscreen lotion before you go out, even if the weather is relatively cloudy. This is because UV rays can still penetrate your skin as long as it is daytime, and so a strong lotion with an SPF of about 30 should be applied. And although sunbathing is very popular among tourists, and is slowly becoming popular this side of the world, the exposure to the sun may cause long-term damage to your skin, with consequences far worse than simple hyperpigmentation!
|Apply sunscreen lotion before going out at all times (pic from avon.ca)
Try to avoid going out under the sun during the extremely hot hours, i.e. 10am to 4pm as this is when the sun is the strongest. If you have to go out, you should look to wear a hat that offers protection for your face, ears and neck, preventing overexposure to the sun. For those of you working desk jobs in an office, this should not be a problem but for others who may constantly have to go out for meetings and be on the move, a hat may be the answer.
|It is not advisable to be under the sun for long periods of time (pic from thehindu.com)
Jewellery and Medication?
You should also keep an eye out for metals that you wear such as bracelets and other types of jewellery, as it may be possible that they cause some dark spots on your skin! Silver and gold may look great on you but do be careful if they start causing your skin to undergo pigment changes.
|These may be an unexpected cause of hyperpigmentation (pic from winterchildjewellery.ca)
Apart from jewellery, you should also be aware that certain types of medication may trigger your melanocytes and increase pigmentation in your skin as well. Before you begin any cycle of medication, do ask your doctor or pharmacist about its side effects and whether it may cause hyperpigmentation or age spots. Some types of birth control may also trigger the intensive production of melanin in your skin! If they do, you can probe further about what can be done to prevent or minimise the effects as much as possible.
If you have a known family history of hyperpigmentation and age spots, you may be more likely to develop it at some point or even experience other types of hyperpigmentation e.g. melasma.
Unfortunately, these cannot be prevented so you may have to opt for professional treatments if skin concealers and other types of cream are not doing a satisfactory job.
To conclude, these few simple tips are not hard to follow and should help to prevent hyperpigmentation occurring if it is adhered to. But do note that there should be a healthy balance between avoiding overexposure to the sun, and avoiding it completely! You do need a bit of sunlight to stay healthy so be sure not to hide away entirely.
In my next post, I will continue with the theme of hyperpigmentation by highlighting some professional, aesthetic treatment options to combat this skin condition. Until next time!