What is Hyperpigmentation?
Hyperpigmentation is in essence inflammation and is a sign that “something is off.” It is the darkening of skin caused by increased melanin.
What are some of the leading causes of hyper pigmentation?
Causes of abnormal melanin production include hormonal changes (pregnancy, menopause), certain drugs and supplements, blunt trauma, hyperthyroidism, Addison’s disease, diabetes, laser trauma, chemical peeling, and increased sun exposure/photo trauma.
Now that we know some of the possible causes….
How is Hyperpigmentation commonly treated?
*Remember, products you put on your skin will either sit on top (be ineffective) or be absorbed (be effective but potentially systemically toxic).
Here are the usual culprits you’ll find in products used to treat hyperpigmentation:
Hydroquinone: A chemical originally used to develop black and white photos and x-rays, as well as to preserve rubber goods. The side effects of hydroquinone use include eczema, inflammation, psoriasis, asthma, birth defects and a condition called Exogenous Ochronosis which causes skin to produce blue and black pigment.
Kojic Acid: From a fungus, it has been shown to cause dermatitis and cell mutations (i.e. cancer) in mammals. It is toxic to the liver, kidney, and reproductive organs.
Retinoids: A chemical compound that becomes toxic when exposed to sunlight. (DNA Skin’s Supernatural Vitamin A Serum™ is a far better alternative- as it contains pure, non-synthetic Retinol (Vitamin A). It aids in lightening discoloration without adverse reactions or being systemically toxic.)
Now let’s explore healthier ways we can treat hyperpigmentation that are equally, if not more so, effective.
At DNA we capitalize on inhibiting and regulating melanin while supplying the skin the natural constituents it needs: DNA, RNA, amino acids, peptides, tyrosinase inhibitor, lipids, enzymes, etc. We offer a variety of products to regulate melanin production and protect the skin. They are:
Skin Lightening Line
Don’t just inhibit pigment, regulate it with the DNA Skin Lightening Line which uses ferulic acid (a powerful antioxidant), white tea, walthera indica extract, AHA acids, and other powerful antioxidants. These 100% natural, herbal products have shown that lighter and brighter skin can be achieved without the use of other potentially harmful lightening and bleaching ingredients.
There is also an oral product that helps lighten the skin: Derma-CLR™. It is a supplement that is an effective antioxidant that maintains skin’s elasticity and healthy color. It contains a pure form of L-glutathione. It helps to lighten the skin’s hyperpigmentation by inhibiting melanin production and diminishing the signs of aging (wrinkles, age spots, increased pore size, dryness, etc.).
As we age, the amount of Vitamin C we need internally and topically increases. We make less reconstructive enzymes as we age, increasing the need to repair cells in other ways. Epidermal levels of Vit. C diminish 425% by middle age. DNA MediClear Vitamin C is the most active and stable topical Vitamin C available. It can be cocktailed with any product in the skin care line to instantly turn that product into a powerful antioxidant. When taking Vitamin C internally, be sure it is of high quality. Try the Esther C.
It’s important to know… Chemical sunscreens generate more free radicals on human skin after one hour of sun exposure than are generated on untreated skin. In essence, by wearing a chemical sunscreen, skin is twice as compromised. Any antioxidants added to a toxic mesh of chemicals become pro-oxidant, meaning they cause cellular damage to skin. Good news is that i.Bar Beauty offers sunscreens which are natural and chemical free.
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Phone: (503) 997-9552
3717 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. #250
Westlake Village, CA. 91362
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i.Bar Beauty, Home of Westlake Skin Spa, is conveniently located in the heart of Westlake Village and has the most cutting-edge treatments and skin care solutions available in Southern California!
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At Westlake Skin Spa, we combine timeless esthetic practices with the latest and greatest in bio-medical skincare technology to provide you with the most effective solution to your skincare needs. Our signature Cryostem™ Cell Facial, based on Nobel Prize-Winning Research and helmed as the only non-invasive alternative to facelifts, is changing the face of the medical esthetics industry as it is the only treatment available that is proven to actually REVERSE aging on a cellular level.
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