Laurence Dryer, Chief Scientist & Head of Product Development at Obagi Medical discusses common pigmentation problems, their causes, effective treatments and prevention for a lifetime of healthy skin.
As skin ages, the effects of years of sun and environmental damage is inevitable. Understanding the causes of hyperpigmentation, proper treatments and the most effective preventative measures will help you to discover the best skin care regimen for your skin.
What Causes Different Types of Pigmentation Problems?
Excessive Sun Exposure can lead to obvious and immediate skin damage such as sunburns. It can also create long-term pigmentation problems, such as freckles and age spots or sun spots. Melasma most commonly occurs in women with darker skin tones and intensifies during certain times of life such as reproductive years. Another common cause of pigmentation problems that is not highly recognized is post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), which occurs after some sort of trauma to the skin (e.g. acne).
How to Treat Sun Damaged Skin?
Hydroquinone is known as the “gold standard” for treating skin discoloration and has been used by dermatologist for years. The Obagi Nu-Derm System contains 4% hydroquinone and has been proven to improve moderate to severe sun damage while improving overall skin appearance.Recommended Skin Lightening Treatments
Obagi Nu-Derm Sunfader | Jan Marini Age Intervention Enlighten Plus | Elure Advanced Brightening Lotion
How to Prevent Sun Damage?
The most effective way to prevent the effects of sun damage to your skin is to limit your exposure to the sun. Wear sunscreen every day! No exceptions. Even when you may not feel over-exposed to the sun, your skin is affected. An SPF 30 is recommended for daily use. Dryer recommends Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50. Add a hat and sunglasses for further protection to your face and eye areas.
Take control of your skin health with a complete skin health system, such as the Obagi-C Rx System which combines both the treatment and prevention of sun damage with the anti-aging benefits of Vitamin C.