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Expert Tips and Tricks for Tackling Troublesome Pigmentation
DR GARRY CUSSELL
Did you know?
- Melasma is often triggered by hormonal changes, making it a common concern during pregnancy or while taking hormonal medications.
- Despite its nickname "mask of pregnancy," melasma can affect anyone, not just pregnant women.
- Sun exposure can worsen melasma, so wearing sunscreen daily is crucial for prevention and management.
- Certain medications, such as oral contraceptives or anticonvulsants, can increase the risk of developing melasma.
- Melasma patches can be symmetrically distributed on the face, appearing on both sides like a mirrored image.
- UV light isn't the only trigger for melasma; heat and visible light (from electronic devices and indoor lighting) can also contribute to its development.
- While it can affect both genders, it predominantly troubles women aged 30 and above.
At Rejuvaus, we understand the struggles that come with melasma, especially in Australia, where our harsh sun poses additional challenges. Unprotected exposure to the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays can intensify melasma and darken existing patches.
Melasma distinguishes itself from other forms of pigmentation through its unique characteristics. Unlike freckles or age spots, melasma appears in distinct, patchy patterns, typically on the cheeks, forehead, upper lip, and chin.
What causes melasma?
Hormonal changes play a significant role in triggering melasma, which can occur during pregnancy, due to oral contraceptives, or hormonal replacement therapy. If you have a family history of melasma, you may be more prone to developing it. Additionally, factors like stress and exposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays can worsen the condition.
Underneath the surface, melasma is all about the behaviour of melanocytes—the cells responsible for producing melanin, the pigment that gives colour to our skin. When hormonal activity increases, these melanocytes become more sensitive and produce excess melanin in certain areas. Even when exposed to the same amount of UV radiation, these areas become darker than the rest of the skin, resulting in the appearance of melasma patches.
Powerhouse Ingredients that help reverse and treat pigmentation
This versatile ingredient helps regulate melanin production, minimising the appearance of dark spots and uneven skin tone caused by melasma. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe and calm the skin.
Binds to melanocytes, blocking pigment production at its source to combat hyperpigmentation.
AHAs, such as glycolic acid or lactic acid, gently exfoliate the skin, promoting cellular turnover and fading pigmentation. They can also improve the overall texture and radiance of the skin.
A stable molecule that visibly brightens the skin after 30 days, promoting a more radiant complexion.
Encapsulated green and brown microalgae that targets skin tone, brightening, and reducing age spots. Blue light activated enzymes provide holistic skin protection and dramatically reduce pigmentation.
Transforming your skin with advanced cosmeceuticals.
Rejuvaus was founded in a doctor-led clinic specialising in concern led medical treatments alongside effective skincare. Our carefully curated range of clean, safe serums and moisturisers combine the most effective ingredients to achieve remarkable results.
Our i • ActiveTM formulas are specifically designed for melasma, combining the maximum amount of professional-grade ingredients required to be effective & safe. They contain an unprecedented concentration of potent botanicals and proven medical-grade active ingredients that work at the cellular layers of the skin, creating real change.
Remember, consistency is key.
Trust the power of i • ActiveTM formulas to transform the appearance of skin.
1. Cleanse and Exfoliation routine
Gentle AHA Exfoliating Gel Cleanser
Experience a fresh and gentle lathering gel cleanser that effectively cleans and exfoliates dead skin cells without compromising the skin's healthy barrier. Formulated with four naturally derived alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and soothing anti-inflammatories, it promotes gentle exfoliation to reveal fresh, smooth skin.
Clarify & Renew AHA & BHA Serum
Experience skin transformation with our powerful exfoliating serum. Packed with 15% encapsulated Salicylic Acid, 10% AHA fruit acids, and Caviar Lime, it brightens and refines for a soft, radiant complexion. This hydrating formula, enriched with low & regular weight Hyaluronic Acids and the L-22 Lipid complex, nourishes and locks in moisture. Minimise pores, discoloration, redness, and fine lines while maintaining a balanced microbiome.
Repair & Refine ABC Serum
A powerhouse formulation enriched with essential vitamins and antioxidants to nourish and protect your skin. This extraordinary serum combines the benefits of Slow Release Retinaldehyde (the strongest form of safe, non-irritating Vitamin A), Slow Release Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), and Kakadu Plum Extract (the richest source of Vitamin C), ensuring your skin receives the care it deserves. This remarkable serum goes beyond traditional skincare by providing a potent dose of antioxidants that effectively combat free radical damage.
As a result, it not only refines skin texture but also restores radiance, evens skin tone, and promotes a brighter, clearer complexion. With the power of this serum, you can experience the transformative effects of reduced signs of aging, Helps smooth skin texture, refine lines & restore radiance.
3. Pigment-Regulating Serum
Bright & Correct Niacinamide Serum
A targeted solution for addressing the root cause of hyperpigmentation. Unlike many other pigment serums on the market that simply bleach the skin, our serum focuses on safely regulating and reducing the pigment produced by melanocytes, resulting in a brighter and more even skin tone.
This powerful serum harnesses the potency of key ingredients such as BetaWhiteTM, ChromaBright® Molecule and ALGAKTIV® LightSKN to combat hyperpigmentation at its source. Beta-White works by binding to receptors on pigment-producing cells (melanocytes), effectively blocking pigment production. ChromaBright® is a stable molecule that delivers a visible skin brightening effect after 30 days.
Lastly, ALGAKTIV® LightSKN, an encapsulated green and brown microalgae for enhanced delivery to even the skin tone, brighten and reduce skin age spots. Blue light activated enzymes dramatically reduce pigmentation to deliver holistic skin protection.
4. UV Protection
i • Solar Protect & Restore Invisible Zinc Lotion
Ensuring proper UV protection and incorporating effective skincare treatments is essential for managing all types of pigmentation, especially when it comes to melasma. The top priority is to shield your skin from harmful UV exposure using a robust physical sunblock, distinct from chemical sunscreens.
Our i • Solar Protect & Restore Invisible Zinc Lotion is light, super hydrating and provides long-lasting, high SPF protection from UV, IR and digital light. Free from chemicals and nanoparticles, this therapeutic blend of nineteen active ingredients work synergistically to reverse sun damage and minimise dark spots for clear, smooth, even-toned skin.
As with all skin concerns, you are unique and therefore results may vary.
Dr Garry Cussell
Dr. Garry Cussell strongly believes everyone's skin can look beautiful at any age regardless of their history, and that lasting beauty comes from within. We enable anyone to achieve professional results safely and easily in the comfort of their own homes.
Dr Cussell is the founder of Rejuvaus Skincare and Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia. He is a member of the Australasian Society of Cosmetic Medicine and has been a qualified cosmetic practitioner for over 37 years.
He is a leading cosmetic medicine expert in a wide range of non-surgical skin procedures such as skin tightening and strengthening, stem cell and growth factor skin, and skin repair lasers.