Hyperpigmentation, part 2

Age spots

You CAN have even toned skin again…

In my last blog, we talked about the importance of wearing an spf to help stop the pigmentation process.

Now we’ll talk about MSH, or melanin-stimulating hormone, and ingredients that help to block this from happening.

MSH Inhibitors
MSH stands for melanin-stimulating hormone. In response to ultraviolet light, it increases synthesis of melanin. MSH stimulates the production and release of melanin (a process referred to as melanogenesis)
There are 2 ingredients that can stop this process that I am familiar with, and they are SepiWhite™ and Daisy Blossom Extract.
SepiWhite ™ is a unique skin lightening agent made of natural amino acids with a lipid-residue. It can be found in Environ’s Clarifying Lotion, which I carry at Specktra6 here in Sheboygan.
Daisy Blossom Extract is botanically derived. Studies show that it effectively reduces skin pigmentation. It can be found in Specktra6’s own Brightening Cleanser and Brightening Essence.

You’ll see Daisy Blossom Extract come up again in future blogs about pigmentation- it works in at least 3 different ways, and in my opinion, making it a must-have ingredient.

Let me know if you want more information on these products!



Age Spots. Melasma. Post Inflammation Hyperpigmentation. Uneven skin tone.

It all can be categorized as “hyperpigmentation”
Hyperpigmentation is darkened areas of the skin due to sun damage or inflammation.

I’ve done some research lately into being able to help my client’s skin with this issue. And by research, I mean I got lost down the rabbit hole of google scholar and pubmed, trying to decipher studies. I’ve also been reading textbooks dealing with ingredients and how they affect the skin. It’s such a fascinating process!

Girl with problematic skin and scars from acne (scar)
Post-inflammation hyperpigmentation

From what I understand, it is a long process for your skin to produce those pesky brown spots. And during that process, we have the opportunity to interrupt (stop) it at (at least) 5 different junctions.

Step 1:
UV Protection
First and foremost, we can’t get anywhere if you’re not wearing sunscreen EVERY DAY. And when I say every day, I mean every day, even if you’re just planning on being inside the whole day. I guarantee you have some windows in your house, and that you look at screens (tv, phone, ipad, computer), and that you probably have some overhead light. (Indoor lighting – referred to as HEV, is a whole ‘nother post)
All of these can affect the production of hyperpigmentation.
I’m a fan of “physical” sunscreens for pigment issues- ones that contain titanium dioxide and zinc. These sunscreens actually deflect the light off of your face. Other sunscreens, such as oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate and avobenzone, create a chemical reaction and work by changing UV rays into heat, then releasing that heat from the skin. They are often referred to as chemical or organic absorbers. I don’t like chemical sunscreens for anyone with a hyperpigmentation issue.
Our favorite sunscreen is our own Specktra6 Tinted Mineral SPF 40.

Stay tuned for Step 2!


Do you shave your face?

Do you shave your face?

Are you getting ingrown hairs or acne where you shave?

Your razor may be to blame.

More blades aren’t always better.  Don’t attempt to use twin or triple blade “closer-shaving” razors. The first blade stretches the skin; the second (and third) shaves too close, cutting hair off below the skin line. When the skin bounces back, those hairs are set up to be trapped repeatedly under the skin every time you shave.

If you are unable to sanitize your single blade razor in between uses (by soaking in alcohol for 2 -3 minutes before use), we recommend stocking up on this disposable kind: http://amzn.to/2tA6jNx

If you’d like a recommendation of an acne safe gel for shaving, let us know!

Does Retin-A Cream actually CAUSE more breakouts?!

Were you prescribed Retin-A (or the generic, tretinoin) *cream* for your acne? 
Check the ingredients for isopropyl myristate – it’s an emollient in the product and is highly comedogenic- meaning that ingredient will likely break you out. 
Seems a little counterproductive in an acne cream, right?

Please contact our spa here in Sheboygan- we can help guide you to clear skin!  

Essential Fatty Acids for Skin Health

Basically every skin condition can be traced back to one main cause:  The lack of enough good fatty acids in the diet.  Fat free and low-fat diets are a main culprit!

This can be easily addressed with supplements- Omegas are a great place to start.   
There are a few different brand/ formulas of Omegas that I really like, and I like to switch it up, bottle by bottle, or combine 2 or three different kinds during the day.  I’ve been told that a good amount of Omegas are between 1000mg all the way up to 3,000 mg.  I’m not a doctor, and I don’t even play one on tv, so be sure to double check with your Dr or nutritionist for the right dosage for you.

A vegan choice would be Ahiflower Oil, or this plant-based “MegaX” blend Omega 3, 6, & 9, and a traditional formula would be this fish oil supplement.

Birth Control pills can actually make your acne worse!

Sometimes doctors will prescribe birth control pills to try to help a woman manage her acne- but did you know there are certain ones that can actually make acne WORSE?!  

In Specktra6’s acne management program, what to look for in a birth control pill is one of the many things we cover to help you get clear!  Contact us today to set up a consultation.  920.550.1684 or hello@specktra6.com

Are peanut butter sandwiches your fave? Why you shouldn’t indulge if you are acne prone!

Peanuts are phyto-androgenic, meaning they mimic testosterone in the body. Ingesting them causes an increase in oil production and follicular inflammation. This is a recipe for breakouts (and also very similar to what happens in women’s bodies with premenstrual breakouts). 

Skip the peanut butter- try cashew butter or sun butter (sunflower seed) instead! 

4 Ingredients You Won’t Find in Our SPF

Four common sunscreen ingredients were shown to kill or bleach coral at extremely low concentrations (as low as one drop in 6.5 Olympic sized swimming pools).

1 Oxybenzone (Benzophenone-3, BP-3) – Sunscreen ingredient that disrupts coral reproduction, causes coral bleaching, and damages coral DNA. Oxybenzone is found in over 3500 sunscreen products worldwide.

2 Butylparaben – Preservative ingredient shown to cause coral bleaching.

3 Octinoxate (Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate) – Sunscreen ingredient shown to cause coral bleaching.

4 Methylbenzylidene camphor (4MBC) – Sunscreen ingredient shown to cause coral bleaching. Allowed in Europe and Canada, not in USA or Japan.

Specktra6 Tinted SPF (a physical formula) is free of all 4 and reef safe!!