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!
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.
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.
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!
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! firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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!!