behind the brown spot

behind the brown spot

 

 

 story highlights

• Hyperpigmentation is different from freckles and birthmarks
• Daily SPF use helps to prevent UV-induced hyperpigmentation
• Fading dark spots is possible, but it typically takes at least 30 days

Dark marks, dark spots & more: hyperpigmentation explained.

Dark spots have a large influence on how old people think we are. In fact, one study showed that unbalanced skin tone can make a person look more than 20 years older!

The big questions: where do dark spots come from, and what can you do about them?

It helps to understand the science behind dark spots and brown spots. The official term for dark spots and other forms of skin discoloration is hyperpigmentation. Unlike freckles, hyperpigmentation doesn’t fade in winter and becomes more visible as we age.

But what causes it? Irregular production of melanin (the brown or reddish pigment in skin). Certain triggers – unprotected sun exposure in particular – cause this irregular production, which leads to surface colour-clumping. Other causes include hormonal factors (birth control pills and pregnancy), and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) caused by past trauma or scarring (think a popped pimple or a deep cut). Hormonal hyperpigmentation and PIH are both intensified by sun exposure.

So, what to do about it? Here’s how to figure out what’s causing your dark spots – and take action.

call in the skin experts

Ask a Dermalogica skin therapist for a free Face Mapping skin analysis and consultation to get to the root of your dark spots. Knowing your unique triggers will reveal the best treatment. They can even recommend professional treatments to help you fade dark spots faster!

apply SPF daily

Did you know that spending just 30 minutes unprotected in the sun can undo a month’s worth of effort in fighting hyperpigmentation? Sunscreen helps prevent UV-induced pigmentation, and it also helps prevent existing spots from becoming more intense. Wear it daily to make the most of the treatments you try.

know your ingredients

There are a number of ingredients that can help address hyperpigmentation, but Niacinamide and Hexylresorcinol stand out as two of the most powerful.

Hexylresorcinol is a potent active that can lead to decreased production of melanin, and Niacinamide has been found to significantly decrease hyperpigmentation. Both Niacinamide and Hexylresorcinol help fade the look of uneven pigmentation for more luminous skin.

be patient

There’s no quick fix for hyperpigmentation: it can take at least 30 days of skin care treatment (with sunscreen use) before you see any progress. Additionally, some spots may look darker before they lighten; this is because they gradually rise to the skin’s surface as you continue to exfoliate. But stick with it, and you’ll eventually see fewer, smaller dark spots!

 

Fade spots to bright with PowerBright Dark Spot Serum, bringing together a powerful combination of Niacinamide and Hexylresorcinol — both of which have been shown to deliver significant improvement on even skin tone and dark spots in just one week. This advanced serum’s breakthrough technology begins to diminish the appearance of uneven pigmentation fast, and keeps working to even skin tone over time. It brings a new way to address hyperpigmentation, providing both fast and long-term benefits for your skin.

Dermalogica's commitment to excellence is personified through the expert advice provided by professional skin therapists. Professional product prescription and tailor-made professional facial treatments (called skin treatments), together with in-depth knowledge and training are critical in order for skin therapists to be able to address a vast variety of skin concerns and conditions. How we ensure that you - our loyal customer - experience this excellence is through equipping therapists with sufficient training, ensuring that dermalogica trained professional skin therapists are the best in the business. 

Dermalogica ranks our professional skin care therapists’ level of expertise, together with the degree of advice they can offer. This enables you, the client, to make a consultation or skin treatment booking with a skin care therapist that holds at least a certified status that matches your specific skin concern or skin treatment requirement. This is particularly important when it comes to treating acne scarring or signs of ageing with advanced level chemical peels. As a result, dermalogica will always ensure that the skin care therapist caring for your skin has - without a doubt - the dermalogica standard of knowledge, expertise and training to do so. 

Our skin care therapists are certified and classed according to training, education and experience as follows:

 

Our skin care therapists are certified and classed according to training, education and experience as follows:

 

A qualified professional skin care therapist with a certified status will be able to assist you with a Face Mapping® skin analysis, recommend the best skin care product prescription and offer passionate skincare advice. She will also be able to perform Dermalogica’s basic professional facial treatments. A total of 32 hours of post-graduate training were invested by your therapist to reach certified status.
   
A qualified professional skin care therapist with a specialist status will be able to assist you with a Face Mapping® skin analysis, in-depth skin care advice and provide the best skin care product prescription available. She will also be able to perform Dermalogica’s skin concern specific (ageing, pigmentation, sensitisation and acne) advanced facial treatments. She has undergone a rigorous assessment process in order to share in-depth skin knowledge and product details with you. A total of 64 hours of post-graduate training were invested by your therapist to reach specialist status.
   
A qualified professional skincare therapist with an expert status will be able to assist you with a Face Mapping® skin analysis, make an advanced product prescription and offer the best expert skincare advice. She will also be able to perform Dermalogica’s advanced treatments for specific skin needs and tailor-make a treatment programme for you. These treatments include advanced chemical peels and professional level exfoliations. A total of 96 hours of post-graduate training were invested by your therapist to reach expert status.
   
dermalogica masters badge A qualified professional skincare therapist with a professional status has achieved the highest level in the Dermalogica training programme for skincare professionals. She has undergone an intensive assessment process and will be able to assist you with all of your skincare needs and answer all of your questions about Dermalogica products and treatments. She is the best of the best and will approach your skin health with thorough research and planning. A total of 128 hours of post-graduate training were invested by your therapist to reach master status.
 

 

Annual refresher education on our existing products and treatments, as well as training on new product launches, is mandatory in order for skin therapists to maintain their respective certified status level, so as to ensure that you as a consumer continuously receive premium service, advice and treatment at all times.

A qualified professional skin care therapist with a certified status will be able to assist you with a Face Mapping® skin analysis, recommend the best skin care product prescription and offer passionate skincare advice. She will also be able to perform Dermalogica’s basic professional facial treatments. A total of 32 hours of post-graduate training were invested by your therapist to reach certified status.
A qualified professional skin care therapist with a specialist status will be able to assist you with a Face Mapping® skin analysis, in-depth skin care advice and provide the best skin care product prescription available. She will also be able to perform Dermalogica’s skin concern specific (ageing, pigmentation, sensitisation and acne) advanced facial treatments. She has undergone a rigorous assessment process in order to share in-depth skin knowledge and product details with you. A total of 64 hours of post-graduate training were invested by your therapist to reach specialist status.
A qualified professional skin care therapist with an expert status will be able to assist you with a Face Mapping® skin analysis, make an advanced product prescription and offer the best expert skincare advice. She will also be able to perform Dermalogica’s advanced treatments for specific skin needs and tailor make a treatment programme for you. These treatments include advanced chemical peels and professional level exfoliations. A total of 96 hours of post-graduate training were invested by your therapist to reach expert status.
A qualified professional skin care therapist with a professional status has achieved the highest level in the Dermalogica training programme for skin care professionals. She has undergone an intensive assessment process and will be able to assist you with all of your skin care needs and answer all of your questions about Dermalogica products and treatments. She is the best of the best and will approach your skin health with thorough research and planning. A total of 128 hours of post-graduate training were invested by your therapist to reach master status.

Annual refresher education on our existing products and treatments, as well as training on new product launches, is mandatory in order for skin therapists to maintain their respective certified status level, so as to ensure that you as a consumer continuously receive premium service, advice and treatment at all times.