Dark spots, sunspots or skin pigmentation, whatever you choose to call the darker areas of your skin, it has been caused by an overload of melanin production. 25th May 2023 is International Skin Pigmentation Day, and Imperial Aesthetics can help reduce and remove your dark spots using the innovative Tixel treatment. This treatment uses heat to break down dark spots and improve your skin tone.
Celebrating International Skin Pigmentation Day
The term ‘hyperpigmentation’ is defined as patches of skin with uneven pigmentation, leading to the appearance of darkened patches or blotches. Such skin conditions are at the root of skin diseases such as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and melasma, which involve pigment spots on regions exposed to sun exposure like the neck, face, décolleté, arms and hands. Out of the three common types of this disorder, age spots or sunspots are often caused by too much exposure to sunlight. As a result, International Skin Pigmentation Day is committed to promoting awareness among individuals about the importance of protecting their skin from environmental extremes and seeking appropriate treatments if signs arise.
International Skin Pigmentation Day was created in 2021 to raise public awareness about hyperpigmentation and its issues. It also aims to open conversations regarding UV exposure and reduction tools. Skin Pigmentation Day promotes inclusive discussion across social networks on preventative causes so people may be informed on how they can protect their skin integrity. On this day each year, various organisations host public events that emphasise the significance of proper sun protection and reiterate points about self-acceptance without disregarding potential health concerns concerning skin sensitivity.
What causes skin pigmentation?
Skin pigmentation is a process that occurs within our skin because of melanocytes, tiny cells located in the outermost layer known as the epidermis. Melanin, which reflects different skin tones from pale to dark, is created by these cells in the form of organelles called melanosomes. The quantity and quality of melanin produced is what determines someone’s skin tone; eumelanin gives a brown/black colouring, while pheomelanin provides a reddish hue.
In addition to determining one’s pigmentation, eumelanin also serves as protection from ultraviolet (UV) rays and other external harm by limiting the number of reactive oxygen radicals that can access our sensitive inner tissues and potentially cause cancer over time. This essential everyday chemical is thus responsible for many aspects of how we look and how well we are protected against environmental threats.
Melanin production levels vary among individuals, depending on genetic makeup and lifestyle habits such as overexposure to sunlight or UV tanning beds; however, it has been scientifically proven there is no one item we can do to change pigment or engineering down its production entirely due to its evolutionary adaption throughout history.
Hyperpigmentation – is a skin condition that causes the skin to become darker or has a different colour than the surrounding skin due to an abnormally high amount of melanin or other pigments in the skin. Hyperpigmentation can be caused by several different factors, such as birthmarks and age spots, but is mostly seen due to acne scars and during pregnancy when melasma appears on the face.
Hypopigmentation – an area of the skin appears lighter in colour than other surrounding areas due to an abnormally low amount of melanin. This can occur because of burn injuries, blisters, ulcers, chemical exposure, or infection. Inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema (atopic dermatitis) may also lead to hypopigmentation. In rare cases, individuals may be born with genetic disorders that cause the lack of melanin-producing enzymes, such as albinism.
Tixel helps rejuvenate and rebalance your skin.
Tixel is an award-winning form of skin rejuvenation technology and involves gently stamping a small, heated metal plate with tiny pyramid-shaped cones onto the skin’s surface. This increases the temperature of the skin temporarily, creating tiny channels directly into the skin, which breaks down the overload of melanin, causing your sunspots. The maintained temperature prevents any damage to deeper tissues while delivering active ingredients that address specific concerns such as pigmentation, rosacea, or acne scarring.
Tixel can be used on a variety of areas, such as the face, neck, decolletage, hands and around the eyes, without having to worry about discomfort or risk associated with laser or needling treatments. A Tixel treatment is perfect for those looking to rebalance uneven skin pigmentation and melasma. A course of Tixel treatment is recommended to tackle your skin pigmentation. During your first treatment, the treatment works to break down dark patches, turning them slightly pinker in tone. During your following treatments, you will see the pink tone begin to blend with your natural skin tone.
The benefits of a Tixel treatment
- A fast and convenient treatment you can book and have during a lunch break.
- Minimal pain and discomfort
- Minimal downtime – head straight back to normal activities once your treatment is complete.
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Book your Tixel consultation with Imperial Aesthetics
If you have had enough of your uneven skin tone, poor skin texture and lack of elasticity, why not book a consultation with Dr Daniel Hunt at Imperial Aesthetics to discuss your treatment options? Our range of non-invasive treatments aims to target your concerns whilst leaving your skin looking healthy with natural results. We believe in creating a bespoke skincare journey to target your immediate concerns and support you with overall skin quality over a longer period.
For daily protection, as an extra protective barrier post-treatment, and to reduce and prevent hyperpigmentation from occurring, Advanced Perfecting Shield is a specialist sun cream designed with the health and wellness of your skin in mind. Purchase your cream from the Imperial Aesthetics online store and get ahead of the summer sun.
For more information or to book your consultation, get in touch with our helpful team today.
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