Skin conditions - Uneven Skin Tone

How to treat uneven skin tone

Annually, millions of people seek treatment for skin discolorations, it is no surprise that the professional skin care industry is overflowing with products that all claim the latest greatest skin-lightening, spot removing and brightening benefits.

Hyperpigmentation is an overproduction of melanin caused by several factors as either UV-induced, (sun exposure or tanning beds) hormonally induced, due to melasma; or through post-inflammatory skins trauma (such as picking or any injury). Hyperpigmentation also can be a side effect of certain medicines.

Fortunately, there are many ingredients that are proven safe, and quite effective at suppressing the production and deposition of unwanted melanin. There are factors that play a role in the development of hyperpigmentation Age, lifestyle choices, environment, and genetics can make a difference. It's overwhelming with the mass marketing of and the lure of the commercials for BB, CC, or some amazing spot remover.

How do you know what is right for you?
Sometimes if's takes several tries before you find a product that works with your issues and skin type. There is no standard reasoning for certain ingredients, some skin likes certain ingredients better and there isn't a way to tell before or until you use them. I have seen certain Products are better formulated today than ever before. Offering several blends of pigment-inhibiting ingredients instead of single-ingredient formulations. These products will provide the versatility necessary to treat a wide variety of conditions and types of hyperpigmentation.

Jan Marini Enlightment (anti-aging & discoloration)
Rhonda Allison Brighten Gel (All Discoloration issues)
Rhonda Allison Brighten Cream Enhanced (moisturizer with Melanin suppressant)

Very rarely are conditions treated one at a time; for example, what if you have acne and also have hyperpigmentation; a client with aging skin may suffer from melasma; and not everyone has the same color skin. The darker the skin types that have acne typically also have residual post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). Therefore, when choosing skin lighteners, the ancillary benefits of certain skin-brightening ingredients should also be considered.

Cost may be a factor with multiple products, but as I have always said "you get what you pay for". One think a lot of clients don't realize when using some products there can be a stage of exfoliation which can make the area darker before it exfoliates and becomes lighter. I also recommend taking a picture before you start a regimen for lightening because when you see yourself everyday you do not see the dramatic effects over time. Realistic expectations is another issue with discoloration. Expect to lighten the areas but not remove them completely. Too many advertisers make it seem like their product will remove the discoloration and that's just not true. Pay close attention to the wording in the advertising, (reduce, diminish, appearance).

Skin lightening products - also known as bleaching creams, whiteners, skin brighteners, or fade - work by reducing a pigment called melanin in the skin.

Skin lightening products do come with some risks. As with any new product, be sure to read the label and know the facts before you buy and apply a skin lightener.