London Dermatologist Discuss Possible Solutions to Pigmentation

by Alexandra Kilpatrick

Pigmentation on Face

European Dermatology London medical director and dermatologist Dr. Stefanie Williams recently discussed pigmentation during a weekly Daily Mail Q & A with Beauty Bible experts Sarah Stacey and Josephine Fairley.

The question

“I am so frustrated with the amount of money I have wasted on products to get rid of my pigmentation,” a reader explained to Stacey and Fairley. “After a consultation, I have just made an appointment for IPL – planning three sessions at a total of 350 [British pounds]. This includes medical microdermabrasion before each session and some samples of Epionce products. Does it really work? I don’t mind spending the money if it does.”

The solution

Stacey and Fairley consulted Williams for her expert advice on the issue of pigmentation.

“In general, people have to be realistic with their expectations, as treatment [of any kind, salon or over the counter products] will usually lighten pigmentation, but not totally resolve it,” Williams explained during the Daily Mail Q & A. “So getting rid of pigmentation is not a realistic expectation. Any pigmentation treatment will take time and patience, as it can take six months to show best results. And because your individual tendency to develop pigmentation naturally has not gone, there will always be the need for a maintenance treatment, to keep up the results.

“With regard to your question about IPL, it depends on the exact type of pigmentation as to whether a course of IPL treatments might be helpful. For certain types of pigmentation such as a melasma, I would be reluctant to recommend IPL as there is the possibility to aggravate it. Laser treatment is another energy-based treatment alternative to IPL, but I would recommend seeing a dermatologist with a special interest in laser treatments first to decide which one is best.

“Topical products can work for pigmentation, even over-the-counter ones, if they are good. However, a good topical OTC product such as Medik8 White Balance Click Intense Brightening Serum, 45 [pounds] for 20 mL, which contains kojic acid, arbutin and several other pigment inhibitors, can successfully reduce pigmentation.

“One of the most important things to remember is that no pigmentation treatment will work without broad-spectrum sun protection. You will need to use an SPF 30-50 every single day – reapply frequently during the day – and you will also need to actively avoid sun exposure. A single day of excess sun can undo months of treatment. I would suggest the over-the-counter treatment first, but if that is not enough, see a dermatologist for prescription treatment.”

Microdermabrasion is another effective skincare treatment, which involves mechanically exfoliating to gently remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells from the epidermis. If you live in Skokie and want more information about microdermabrasion, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

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London Dermatologist Discuss Possible Solutions to Pigmentation