Myth #1: Pigmentation is about what you eat!

It is believed that eating particular food may help with skin pigmentation, to reduce the pigmentation in affected areas. Nevertheless, there is no scientific evidence to prove that statement. Based on the statement by Lybrate, and reviews by MBBS the Dermatologist in Bangalore, the diet is never related to curing pigmentation problems on the skin.

The correct diets may prevent the forming of hyperpigmentation, but it cannot magically remove the pigmentations that have been accumulated on the skin. Especially the pigmentation that happens due to excessive exposure to the sunlight. According to Dr. Murad, dermatologist and founder of Murad skincare, pomegranate is one of the best foods to combat sun damage, which can effectively increase the protective shield layer of the skin from sunlight.

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Myth #2: Pigmentation is about your skin colors!

It is believed that skin colors are the main factors of hyperpigmentation, particularly for lighter skin color. Unfortunately, this is just a myth! Everyone in different skin tones having almost the same quantity of melanocytes, but the production of melanosomes and melanin can be different. For instance, Asians with darker skin tone are generally more responsive to pigmentation comparable to Caucasian. The nature of the darker skin tone produces more melanin and if there are additional factors like sunlight exposure or hormonal changes that could cause significant pigmentation issues.

According to Dailyvanity, people with darker skin color such as Asian & African are at a greater risk of getting hyperpigmentation. For example, due to the geographical areas and frequent exposure to the sun, the Asians especially those located in South East Asia are not as fair as the Caucasians, are at a higher risk of getting pigmentation at a younger age. Sadly, pigmentation that occurs in darker skin tones is harder to treat compared to lighter skin tones. Apart from the quantity of melanin accumulation in the skin, there is another precaution for darker skin when treating hyperpigmentation. The treatment has to be extremely gentle to avoid skin irritation which may lead to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

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Myth #3: Pigmentation is about your gene!

It is believed that hyperpigmentation may be inherited from parents as skin tone is passed down from the roots of the family. Pigmentation is inevitable that you have to bear with it for the rest of your life. No, this is untrue!

Freckles may be more prone to genetically pigmentation; however, we cannot avoid natural aging and external pollutants such as sun exposure, stress, chemicals might trigger hyperpigmentation. Since you cannot stop natural aging, some steps can help in preventing the forming of pigmentation. The most common way is to use sunscreen in your daily skincare routine and avoid direct contact with sunlight by wearing a hat. Also, do not forget to re-apply the sunscreen every few hours for best protection.

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Myth #4: Sunscreen only applies to the outdoors!

Most people only use sunscreen whenever they go outdoor, but leaving the skin without sunscreen if they stay indoors. This is a common mistake! Based on the American Academy of Dermatology, there are two types of harmful rays – UVA and UVB. Excessive exposure to either one can cause skin pigmentation and might lead to skin cancer in long term. The difference between UVA and UVB are significant. UVA rays or known as aging rays can pass through window glass may accelerating the skin aging process, which is the main root cause for wrinkles and age spots. UVB rays or burning rays cannot pass through the window glass but can cause massive sunburn over time. Remember to apply sunscreen even if you are indoor or inside the car.

According to lybrate, SPF measures of protection you get from the cream against the burn you get without any protection. Even if you are not exposed to the sun, sunscreen is necessary as UVA & UVB can still penetrate your skin at any moment. Remember to re-apply the sunscreen every few hours depends on the SPF levels on your sunscreen to build the full protection shield on your skin. It is recommended to use a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 and reapply every 2 hours for the best protection.

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Myth #5: Pigmentation treatment with laser is not effective!

Many believes that laser treatment could thinner the skin epidermis layer and leads to sensitive skin. Also, the misconception of pigmentation reoccurrence after laser therapy. Some may feel their pigmentations are darkened after the completion of laser treatment; however, this is an untrue illusion. It may be due to improper care after the treatments, such as insufficient application of sunscreen or constant exposure to sunlight.

There are many types of laser machines on the market. With the improvement of technology, laser treatments are now are relatively safe and able to target each skin problem and do the treatments accordingly. For example, laser therapy for acne scars resurfacing – CO2 fractional laser is ablative lasers that “peel” off the outer layer of the skin. On the other hand, to treat hyperpigmentation, the laser operates in different technology – Q-Switched Nd: Yag laser. This treatment is non-ablative; thus, the skin will remain the original thickness without peeling off the outer layer.

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