From The Straits Times    |

Pesky pigmentation can be tricky to get rid of.

And more often than not, in-clinic laser treatments are the only way to truly keep pigmentation away.

But the problem lies in the fact that pigmentation never completely disappears.

So, diligent after-care is important to keep skin pigmentation-free and even-toned.

After any laser treatment, the skin becomes more sensitive to sun exposure, so it is crucial to apply sunscreen daily to protect the skin against sun damage. After all, pigmentation is often caused by UV damage from the sun.

To help protect the skin, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF property of at least 30, and try to avoid staying outdoors too long between 11am and 3pm, when the sun is at its hottest.

Don’t forget to keep skin well-hydrated with moisturiser as well, as it will also help strengthen its natural protective barrier and help skin heal.

In addition to these, SkinCeuticals has introduced a treatment serum to help keep complexion even-toned and radiant.

The new Discoloration Defense serum is enriched with a potent cocktail of active ingredients like Tranexamic Acid, Koji Acid, Niacinamide and Hepes to lighten pigmentation traces while evening out the skin tone, with visible results in as early as two weeks.

Tranexamic Acid has revolutionised the treatment of facial pigmentation in Asian skin, especially for melasma. The topical formulation serves as a useful alternative to hydroquinone. Clinical tests on this new SkinCeuticals product has been shown to reduce dark spots and is safe for the skin.

Dr. Goh Boon Kee, Consultant Dermatologist, Skin Physicians Clinic

Tranexamic Acid is said to inhibit the release of inflammatory mediators that trigger the production of melanin within the cells while Kojic Acid is commonly used to prevent the formation of melanin. Niacinamide, a form of vitamin B3, is included at 5 per cent concentration, which is the highest effective amount in cosmeceutical formulations. It is known to not only prevent the over-production of melanin but also inhibit the transfer of melanin to the skin cells that can result in pigmentation spots and patches. Finally, Hepes, an enzymatic exfoliator that promotes cellular renewal, encouraging melanin-laded dead skin cells to naturally slough off to reveal a smoother and brighter complexion.

Besides treating PIH (Post-Inflammatory Hyper-pigmentation) and other visible discolorations, clinical studies have shown that daily application of SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense serum is even able to reduce the appearance of Melasma by up to 60 per cent, one of the most stubborn forms of pigmentation, over a period of 12 weeks.

Free from parabens, fragrance, silicone and gluten, this serum is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skins.

In addition, the serum is lightweight enough so layering it with other serums — such as the SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic or Phloretin CF for added brightening and anti-ageing benefits — is possible and won’t irritate the skin.

The SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense serum is an ideal home-care complement to any existing in-clinic treatment such as lasers and chemical peels.

The SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense is available at Clifford Aesthetics, J’s Medispa and Skin Physicians for $159 (30ml).