Avoiding hyperpigmentation in summer: do’s and don’ts
Hyperpigmentation is a condition which we all, independently of the photo type of our skin, can suffer. Specially, when we have been exposed to the harmful UVA UVB radiation of the sun for a long time. And yes, sadly that means summer.
These sunny and hot months invite us all to spend hours and hours outside under the bright sun, but we have to be extra careful if we don’t want to suffer the consequences of melasma on our skin. But, to prevent hyperpigmentation, it’s important to first understand exactly what it is.
Melasma is a common disorder of pigmentation, predominantly affecting women, characterized by the development of hyperpigmented tan, brown or grey patches often symmetrically distributed in various areas of the face (centrofacial, malar, mandibular and forehead).
The treatment of hyperpigmented lesions, like melasma, is one of the biggest challenges to health care professionals and requires treatment with a number of chemical substances which are capable of blocking the formation of melanin, and smoothly exfoliating the skin.
With that in mind, and loving lists as we do, here are some tips to prevent the appearance of hyperpigmentation this summer:
- SPF: This is the key during the sun-exposure time. It is important to use sunscreen with SPF higher than 45, being the most recommended 50. And use it around every two hours to maintain its effect on your skin. From md:ceuticals, we would recommend 3D Moisturizing Sunscreen Protection, which formulation also includes hydrating, antioxidant and regenerating ingredients (Niacinamide, Vitamin E, Panthenol…) that will improve the skin immunological system and decrease skin dryness, which will avoid wrinkles and expression lines, maintaining the skin smooth, uniform and luminous.
- Avoid the sun during the hours of high intensity of radiation and, if you are, control your exposure to sensible areas of your body.
- Don’t touch your face: New or sensitive skin can darken easily. That is, if you have wounds, scars, acne marks or bug bites, avoid exposing them to the sun. These marks have a high chance of darkening because the skin is already altered.
- Avoid the sun after a chemical procedure: if you have recently done a chemical procedure, such as chemical peel or mesotherapy treatment, it is super important to completely avoid the sun exposure from your face or treated area. And, if you do, use the highest protection method.