What is Pigmentation?
Commonly seen as brown spots or patches on the skin, Pigmentation is due to the accumulation of melanin in the skin.
Melanin is produced by melanocytes usually in response to a trigger such as sun exposure.
What are the common triggers for Pigmentation?
- Sun Exposure
- Hormonal Changes
- Genetic Conditions
- Skin Trauma and Inflammation
Types of Common Pigmentation
Freckles - Small, flat brown spots that may appear in childhood and commonly seen on sun exposed areas.
Solar Lentigo - Otherwise known as Sun / Age / Liver spots, they may appear larger or darker than freckles. Commonly seen on sun exposed areas, they are associated with increased age and sun exposure.
Melasma - Appearing as brown, sometimes symmetrical patches on the face, it is more common in ladies and those with darker skin tones. More info about Melasma can be found here.
Dr Edwin places equal focus on the prevention and treatment of pigmentation. Using his extensive experience in treating patients with pigmentation disorders, he has established a comprehensive pigmentation treatment protocol consisting of specially formulated skincare products, oral medication / supplements as well as procedures such as Medi-facials and Lasers.
Medical Grade Topical Skincare Products - Formulated by Dr Edwin Lim
Advanced Skin Lightener - Formulated with 3 clinically proven anti-pigmentation ingredients, TA, Arbutin and 4-n-Butylresorcinol.
Further enhanced with ceramide to repair and protect the skin barrier against UV damage. When applied to the whole face, it improves pigmentation and promotes skin whitening by targeting multiple pathways of pigment formation at the cellular level.
Tri Whitening C Serum - Rich in Vitamin C that is freshly activated for optimal absorption and efficacy.
It is combined with high potency Alpha-Arbutin, Niacinamide, Hyaluronate and Brightening plant extracts such as Licorice and Pomegranate for lightening of pigmentation, skin hydration and reduced blemishes.
Pigment Focus Cream - Prescription only product, containing Hydroquinone and 2 other active ingredients to be applied on areas of pigmentation. These ingredients lighten pigmentation by breaking down existing pigments and reducing the formation of new pigmentation.
Oral Medications / Supplements
Maxi-White Oral Skincare Supplements - Topical sunblocks require re-application every 4 to 6 hours to remain effective. This is difficult to achieve for the busy professional on the go.
Furthermore, most people only apply sunblock on the face, leaving other areas of the skin without UV protection.
Though not a direct replacement of applied sunblock, the Maxi-White supplement offers enhanced skin whitening and sun protection for all areas of the skin in a convenient once daily dose of 2 tablets.
Maxi-White contains 4 clinically proven antioxdiants that offer UV protection and skin whitening.
- Colourless Carotenoids
- Polypodium Leucotomos
Oral TA - Prescription only medication that is used in the treatment of melasma.
Dr Edwin has developed an Aquapure Medi-facial protocol combined with Triple-Whitening Serum Electroporation to focus on improving pigmentation and skin brightening.
The Aquapure Medi-Facial is an advanced form of microdermabrasion facial using medical grade serums and technology to promote younger, brighter and glowing skin.
Paired with our specially formulated medical grade Triple Whitening C serum containing Arbutin, Vitamin B3 (niacinamide) and highly concentrated Vitamin C, it revitalises the skin, lightens pigmentation and boosts skin glow.
Dr Edwin's first choice for treating pigmentation is the Spectra Pigmentation Laser. It is a powerful and versatile FDA approved Nd: Yag laser that is clinically proven to treat a wide variety of pigmentary conditions such as Freckles, Sunspots, Agespots and Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH).
For Melasma, Dr Edwin uses the Quadrostar Pro Yellow laser which lightens Melasma by removing excess pigmentation. More importantly, by targeting blood vessels supplying the pigment cells, the Pro Yellow laser improves longevity of results by suppressing pigment formation and lowering the risk of melasma recurrence.
Dr Edwin recommends this treatment to those with oily acne prone skin coupled with pigmentation and post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) acne marks as it is an effective "all-in-one" treatment to treat multiple skin issues.
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