One of the more puzzling changes that comes with skin ageing is a process called hyperpigmentation. This is where seemingly random, darker patches appear on the skin. One of the most common places to find these is on the backs of the hands, where they have been given the nickname ‘liver spots’ despite having nothing to do with the liver!
On the backs of the hands, these spots can pass unnoticed. However, they also present on the face, which for some people can sadly result in a loss of self-confidence. So what causes these dark patches?
Discolouration can be an indication that there is an overproduction of melanin, the pigment present in skin that gives it its colour. People with darker skin may be more prone to this phenomenon.
Melanin is stimulated by UV rays, meaning prolonged exposure to the sun or sunbeds could play a part in causing patches. UV ray exposure, plus exposure to pollution, can generate oxygen molecules known as Reactive Oxygen Species, commonly known as free radicals.
Free radicals are responsible for small biochemical triggers which attack the molecules in healthy skin, conspiring to eventually degrade it over time – hence skin slowly loses its youthful feel. Melanin production in the body also becomes less controlled as we age.
Hyperpigmentation can also occur as a result of acne, inflammation or skin injury, and in a small number of cases may be a symptom of an underlying medical condition. Anyone with doubts or worries should visit their doctor.
So, what can you do to help your skin under these circumstances?
There are special products you can use, formulated by dermatologists, to help combat the effects of an uneven skin tone caused by hyperpigmentation – such as the Dermalogica Chromawhite TRx range.
Ingredients have been carefully chosen for their ability to penetrate the dermis and help minimise the deposit of colour in skin cells, as well as brighten existing surface spots.
NEXT WEEK: We’ll be looking in more detail at the products available in the Dermalogica Chromawhite TRx range, and what they can do – including the Tri-Active Cleanser, Pure Night moisturiser, Extreme C powder to emulsion treatment, and C12 Concentrate serum. Why not check them out here?
Dermalogica Chromawhite TRx products, along with Dermalogica special cleansing gels and Dermalogica hydrating masques to suit all skin types, are available to buy from Time of Life.
Time of Life is an authorised Dermalogica UK stockist and skin care expert. Get in touch for advanced advice on your individual skin care needs and Face Mapping, or visit the advice section at Advice