Pigmentation is an obvious indicator of skin aging and to counter skin pigmentation problem, what most people would do is to look for an off-the-shelf product that promises to reverse visible signs of aging.
No matter which age group you belong to, it seems that whitening products are the solution to all skin problems. People in their 20s look for whitening products to get rid of their dull and/or uneven skin tone. People in their 30s look for whitening products that claim to lighten dark spots. People in their 40s and 50s look for whitening products that target skin pigmentation and wrinkles. However, most are unaware that whitening and removal of skin pigmentation are two different things.
Plus, with the dizzying array of products out there in the market, it is no surprise that we are unable to tell which products really suit our skin type and condition. Hence, we seek advice from our family members and friends, not realising that everyone’s skin is different; what works for them may not work for you.
For those who are a little more daring, lasers seem like a promising solution. Laser treatments are said to penetrate into the deeper layers of our skin, hence providing better results. However, did you know that not everyone’s skin is suitable for laser treatment? Asian skin is particularly prone to hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin), especially with high strength or deeply penetrated facial lasers. Some may even experience darkened pigmentation spots before they heal.
Leaving Pigmentation Alone
With so many drawbacks, you may think that ‘perhaps not actively dealing with the pigmentation problems might be a better alternative’ but that certainly is not an ideal solution because dark spots, if left untreated, may become bigger and darker in size! In fact, one may face more than one skin pigmentation problem at a time. Thus, time is indeed precious when it comes to dealing with pigmentation problems. Seeking treatment early (and a suitable one) can help to lighten those tan patches greatly, giving you a clearer complexion you have always wanted.