True beauty means being happy in your own skin – and when spots, blotches and patches intrude on your healthy, smooth complexion, your confidence can really take a knock. The good news is, there are plenty of natural, affordable and easy ways to prevent and treat pigmented, patchy and uneven skin conditions. Our green team has put together a list of top product picks for restoring your skin to its naturally balanced and beautiful state.
First, let’s find out a little more about what gives your skin its natural colouring, and get to understand the underlying causes behind those troublesome pigmentation marks.
What is Pigmentation?
The natural colour of your skin’s epidermis (top layer) is determined by a special type of pigment in your body, known as melanin. These melanin pigments are produced by specialised skin cells known as melanocytes. A darker complexion means your skin has a higher concentration of melanin. And naturally, darker parts of the skin such as freckles or beauty spots also have a higher melanin concentration.
Melanin helps to defend your skin against damage caused by UV rays. That’s why your skin tans after spending time in the sun; the exposure to the sun stimulates your body’s production of protective melanin, and this makes your skin look darker.
Did You Know? There are more than 150 genes that can affect the natural pigmentation of your skin, either directly or indirectly. Wow!
When something happens to disrupt the melanin production in a certain area of your skin, it leads to a pigmentation disorder, characterised by spots, patches or blotches that appear darker or lighter than normal.
There are a few different types of pigmentation:
- Hyper-pigmentation: Dark spots and splotches on the skin, excessive freckles and “liver spots”. A sign of too much melanin. This is an extremely common pigmentation complaint, and often becomes a problem for many of us during the summer months, when we tend to spend more time out in the sun.
- Vitiligo or hypo-pigmentation: Very light or white patches on the skin, typically on the hands, or around the mouth and eyes. A sign of too little melanin.
- Melasma: Typically occurs in pregnant women; tan or brown patches over the forehead, cheeks and chin. this hyper-pigmentation usually fades after pregnancy.
- Post-inflammatory pigmentation: This is what happens when skin trauma, such as an infection, burns or severe acne, affect the pigmentation in a certain area of your skin. This can take the form of hyper- or hypo-pigmentation.
What Causes Pigmentation Disorders?
There are several factors that can disrupt the melanin production in your skin and cause a pigmentation disorder or imbalance:
- Sun exposure, which as we mentioned, triggers your body’s production of melanin.
- Hormonal changes, caused by pregnancy, menopause or simply by ageing.
- Certain medications, especially those that cause hormonal changes (such as birth control pills).
- Skin inflammation and irritation, caused by severe acne, infections, burns, blemishes or eczema.
Preventing Pigmentation Problems
Prevention is always better than cure! Here are some simple tips for keeping pigmentation imbalances at bay:
- Wear a good quality mineral sunscreen with SPF15 or higher, every day. This will prevent hyper-pigmentation caused by exposing your skin to the sun.
- Exfoliate regularly, to get rid of dead and discoloured cells on the surface of your skin. For best results, use a natural body scrub or an exfoliating konjac sponge.
- Care for your skin from the inside out by making sure you get enough vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin B12. These nutrients all play a role in keeping your skin healthy, and providing protection against UV rays and free radical damage.
- Drink plenty of pure filtered water, to keep your skin hydrated and elastic, and to prevent toxins from building up in your system.
Treating Pigmentation Disorders, Naturally
There are also plenty of natural and organic skin care goodies that can help to clear up pigmentation, without the use of harsh synthetic chemicals. Bearberry is a particularly effective botanical treatment for hyper-pigmentation; this magical plant contains something called Arbutin, an active ingredient that helps to lighten dark patches and freckles. Bearberry also provides your skin with protection against free radical damage.
Our Bearberry Pigmentation Cream from the Victorian Garden range is hugely popular, while the organic BemaWhite Skin Lightening Emulsion is also getting some great customer reviews.
Praise for Bearberry Pigmentation Cream:
“I have tried many pigmentation creams which did not work for me, but tried this one and it sure does work. My skin is radiant and the pigmentation marks are much lighter. Great product indeed.” – Gloria
“I am on my third tube and will definitely keep using! My skin has an overall brightness and glow and pigmentation has very noticeably improved. I use this as a moisturiser in the morning and spot treatment at night. I can even go without makeup now!” – Joline
“his little discovery is the fountain of youth in a tube. I bought it originally for pigmentation, but then started using it all over my face as a preventative measure for my pigmentation and then people were asking me what am I using for my skin because it looks so smooth and radiant This is awesome and will buy it again!” – Carisna
Praise for BemaWhite Skin Lightening Emulsion:
“Bema White skin lightening solution is working very well and it is very reasonably priced considering the size of the product, it should last me for quite a while.” – Tammy
“I tried the Bearberry Pigmentation Cream after hearing great things and wasnt that impressed – except with its smell. But this cream is amazing. I can see the effects already and Ive been using it maybe just over a week. It is thick and luxurious, it feels as though its sinking in to your skin. I love it. I feel like my skin is evening out finally!” – Jocelyn
Of course, it’s not just wahat you put on your skin that affects its pigmentation – it’s what you put into your system as well. The right tissue salt supplement can really work wonders for patchy, uneven or dull skin.
Calc Sulph (Calcium Sulphate) tissue salts help to treat hyper-pigmentation, while Kali Sulph (Potassium Sulphate) helps with vitiligo.
Pigmentation Care Packs
We’re always on the lookout for creative new ways to give our faithful customers the best natural care for common skin complaints; so we’ve put together a choice of two natural product packs, specifically designed to help treat hyper-pigmentation.
- Basic pack includes: Calc Sulph tissue salts, bearberry cream, rosehip facial oil
- Deluxe pack includes: Calc Sulph tissue salts, BemaWhite emulsion, Esse tissue oil
Love the skin you’re in this summer, with some help from mother nature and these fab pigmentation remedies!