Here at The Laser Treatment Clinic, we aim to educate our clients on the importance of looking after your skin. Using preventative measures is the first step in treating a whole host of common skin conditions, including hyperpigmentation. It is prevalent in those with darker skin, including Black African, Asian and Arabic skin types; if you think you might be at risk of hyperpigmentation read more here.
Why is Dark Skin at Risk?
Those with dark skin, including Black African, Asian and Arabic skin types, are at a higher risk of hyperpigmentation during the summer months for a number of reasons. Skin cells produce melanin for protection against the sun, and an increase in melanin is the prevalent factor in the cause of hyperpigmentation.
The colour of your skin stems from cells called melanocytes, which depends on the amount of melanin present in the layers of the epidermis of the skin; black skin has larger melanocytes than other skin tones, and they are more easily triggered to produce pigment. An increase of melanin from skins exposure to the sun or damage to the skin from other causes can, therefore, make darker patches appear on the skin.
Your face is exposed to the sun on a daily basis as soon as you step outdoors, and as the skin produces melanin to protect against the sun this can produce darker patches of skin on the face, as well as causing any dark areas of skin to get even darker.
- SPF after Moisturiser
This may seem like obvious advice; however, it is something a lot of people forget to do. Those with dark skin types often assume that because of their skin they are immune to sunburn etc. and therefore do not need to use SPF’s to protect their skin from the sun. Always use SPF after moisturising, and use every day to protect any exposed areas of the skin from the sun.
- Limit Sun Exposure
One of the best things you can do is not sit outside in the sun for prolonged periods of time, limit your exposure to the sun. Not only can its rays damage the skin and produce melanin and cause hyperpigmentation, but you will also be at risk of other, potentially life-threatening, skin condition.
- SPF Make-up
In day to day life, moisturising is often the last thing on your mind, but if you’re applying makeup consider purchasing an SPF make up that will protect the face from sun exposure. It is important to remember that your face is exposed to the sun every time you leave the house.
At The Laser Treatment Clinic, we understand that whilst Hyperpigmentation may not be a life-threatening skin condition, it can cause self-confidence and anxiety issues which can then result in depression. Prevent hyperpigmentation this summer by looking after your skin.