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HOW TO IMPROVE SKIN DISCOLORATION ON FACE?

Skin discolouration is a common skin concern that can be experienced across different types of complexions, ages and skin types. Rather than referring to a singular skin condition, skin discolouration is an umbrella term that covers different types and causes of skin discolouration on the face. This could include anything from age-related spots to scarring from acne related blemishes.



 

While most forms of facial discolouration aren’t harmful for your complexion, it’s common to seek to minimise the appearance of this kind of facial discolouration to achieve a more even-looking, brighter or more youthful looking complexion. This can be achieved by using targeted skincare products or via appropriate aesthetic skin procedures.

This guide will give you a well-rounded understanding of the different types and causes of skin discolouration. Keep reading to learn all this, as well as some expert recommendations on which SkinCeuticals products are best suited to target discolourations of the skin.




WHAT IS CONSIDERED SKIN DISCOLOURATION?

Skin discolourations can be the end result of a number of different processes within your complexion. What is skin discolouration called more specifically? Skin discolouration can refer to hyperpigmentation, acne-prone skin scarring, hyperpigmentation, melasma, and age spots which all fall into this category.

However, this list is not exhaustive. It should be noted that anything that causes the skin’s tone to change in certain areas can be considered skin discolouration.




WHAT CAUSES DISCOLOURATION OF THE SKIN?

The underlying causes behind skin discolouration depend on which type you’re dealing with. The mechanism causing the discolouration will either be excess melanin production or scarring, depending on the specifics.

If your skin discolouration is from acne scarring, this is caused by current or previous acne-prone skin, in turned caused by hormones, oiliness and blocked pores. If your skin discolouration is from melasma (also known as mask of pregnancy), then hormones are usually the cause.

When it comes to general hyperpigmentation and age spots, exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun is the biggest cause. Other causes of skin discolouration also include skin injuries and skin cancer.




WHICH AREAS ARE PRONE TO SKIN DISCOLOURATION?

Skin discolouration can happen anywhere on the skin, however some areas are more common than others. Skin discolouration under the eyes is common, which can be down to genetics, health issues, or lack of sleep. Skin discolouration near the eyes can also be hyperpigmentation due to sun exposure. Discolouration near the mouth is also common and this area is most often associated with hormonal causes.




WHAT HELPS SKIN DISCOLOURATION?

There are two ways to help visibly reduce skin discolouration: lifestyle measures such as minimising UV exposure no matter the weather and skincare can help target certain discolourations.

Making sure your skincare routine is targeted and consistent can help address skin discolouration such as certain skincare ingredients and products including vitamin C serums and retinol creams can help minimise the appearance of existing face discolouration.

Certain aesthetic procedures including chemical peels and microdermabrasion can also help minimise skin discolouration.




HOW TO REDUCE DISCOLOURATION ON THE FACE WITH SKINCEUTICALS PRODUCTS

The SkinCeuticals range features a wealth of options for those seeking to care for skin with face discolourations in the form of serums and creams. Read on to discover how our highly efficacious, research-backed formulas target discolourations in a variety of ways.


FOAMING CLEANSER

If your skin is looking dull as well as uneven, using a glycolic acid enriched facial cleanser like our Glycolic Renewal Foaming Facial Cleanser can help to brighten your complexion. This daily exfoliating cleanser formula targets dullness and rough skin for a smoother, more radiant complexion.


VITAMIN C SERUM

Vitamin C is a powerful skin brightening ingredient known for its ability to target pigmentation. Our Phloretin CF Vitamin C Serum combines an array of ingredients that work together in the one facial serum to improve the appearance of facial discolourations. Powerful antioxidant ingredients also neutralise free radicals from environmental exposure, helping break the cycle of hyperpigmentation.


EXFOLIATING SERUM

If your skin discolourations are the result of hyperpigmentation, using a facial exfoliator like our Retexturing Activator Exfoliating Serum can help visibly reduce this skin concern. This serum is formulated with HEPES to remove dead skin cells and hyaluronic acid to simultaneously hydrate the skin.


DARK SPOT CREAM

Our Advanced Pigment Dark Spot Corrector is a daily corrective cream that targets skin discolourations from hormonal changes, UV exposure and the natural ageing process. This lightweight lotion reduces the appearance of discolouration thanks to hydroxyphenoxy propionic acid, ellagic acid and salicylic acid.


RETINOL CREAM

Retinol is well known as a powerful anti-ageing skincare ingredient, partly due to its ability to minimise skin discolouration and resurface the skin. Our Retinol 1.0 Anti-Ageing Night Cream is a high-potency formula ideal for problematic and sun-exposed skin to reduce visible skin discolouration. Preparing the skin with Retinol 0.3 and Retinol 0.5 is required beforehand.


SUNSCREEN

Daily sunscreen application is a recommended step for how to reduce discolouration on face, as UV exposure oxidises the skin pigment melanin and leads to facial discolourations. Our Ultra Facial Defence Sunscreen SPF50 provides high-level protection and all-day hydration in a lightweight formula, to keep your skin sun safe while maintaining skin tone.

ALWAYS READ THE LABEL. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS FOR USE.

Apply 20 minutes before sun exposure. Sunscreen is only one part of sun protection so wear protective clothing and seek shade. Avoid prolonged sun exposure. Reapply every 2 hours and after swimming, towelling and perspiring in accordance with directions.




Now you’re more informed about what helps face discolouration, you may wish to read our guide to the different types of vitamin C for skin.




 

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