The "P" word; and how to treat hyperpigmentation

What is a scar? According to the definition in the ‘Beauty Therapy Fact File’- a scar is a special tissue which forms after healing of a wound or an injury. It is a combination of fibroblasts and blood vessels causing collagen to form the scar tissue. Hyperpigmentation is when discolouration forms on the skin ranging from pink, red, brown or purple in colour- this is the skin’s natural response after the inflammation caused by acne or any trauma caused on the skin. This article is meant to inform you on how to treat your post acne scars- naturally, using facial machines with the latest technology or by using the latest skin care products that have been proven to be effective.

6 Ways to treat and heal scars and pigmentation

  • Use actives in your skincare routine like; Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Kojic Acid, Arbutin, Tranexamic, Azelaic Acid, to name a few.

  • Ask your Skin Therapist to offer the Microcurrent or MENS (Microcurrent Electrical Neuromuscular Stimulation) treatment; this is an anti-ageing treatment that stimulates the facial tissues and muscles. This treatment is effective because it stimulates regeneration of the skins tissues, which will in turn heal post acne scarring.

  • Facial steaming is an underrated way of treating scars; it works by softening dead skin cells allowing for the deeper penetration of the products which will treat the scars.

  • The Bio-Synthesis Chromatic Facial™ is the ultimate in skin rejuvenation. This treatment is a complex interaction of red, blue, amber and green light proven to dramatically increase cellular function, improve the skin turgor and elasticity, reduce acne, breakouts and minimise the appearance of lines and wrinkles. This is a Bio-Therapeutic treatment.

  • Chemical peeling or deep exfoliation does control post acne scarring because of its epidermal resurfacing properties. Resurfacing occurs after the treatment and reduces presence of melanin (the colouring pigment) content and distributes it evenly over the epidermis, thereby improving the appearance of Hyperpigmentation. This treatment is also effective because of the remodeling of collagen and elastin fibers, and this reduces scarring of the skin surface after acne has healed.

These methods have been proven to be effective; I hope you achieve the same results.Share your favourite pigmentation products, or skincare tips to treat scarring; in the comment section below.