Hyperpigmentation, skin blemishes is a stubborn skin problem, especially for acne-prone skin. The summer season is officially a nightmare for those who have this problem. Sun and hyperpigmentation are like inseparable friends. Stain problem is a serious problem for those who want to enjoy the hot weather, and getting help from make-up to cover it up is not very comfortable in the summer heat. So what should we do for skin blemishes in summer? Which applications are more suitable for spot treatment in summer? All our questions to Medical Aesthetics Physician Dr. Sevgi Ekiyor replies:
“I'll give you good news right away. Contrary to popular belief, spot treatment can be done in the summer, of course. You can enjoy the summer and your skin. Now let's first look at what hyperpigmentation is. Hyperpigmentation is a general term used to characterize patches of skin that are darker than normal. It can be different colors including brown, black or gray and is typically caused by increased melanin production in the skin. People have struggled for years to combat hyperpigmentation. Yes, it is true that hyperpigmentation takes time to heal. In fact, it can take up to 1 year to fade and even longer in people with darker skin tones.
What causes hyperpigmentation, skin blemishes?
The skin on our face is a sensitive organ. Hormones, aging, nutrition, external factors are factors that affect our skin. In short, skin blemishes are not just about exposure to the sun. E.g;
In some cases, hyperpigmentation can be a sign of a skin condition such as melasma that causes gray or brown patches on the face, neck, chest, and sometimes elsewhere. Hyperpigmentation can be a result of acne, eczema, and psoriasis. These skin conditions often cause scarring, which results in dark patches left behind on the skin.
The hormone that increases the sudden synthesis of melanin can also cause hyperpigmentation. Estrogen and progesterone can increase melanin production, and of course our genetics also play a large part. That's because there are hundreds of genes working behind the scenes that regulate our melanin production and distribution.
Prolonged sun exposure of the skin can cause hyperpigmentation. One of the simplest ways to protect your skin from discoloration is to apply sunscreen every day, whatever the weather.
Now I want to underline it with a thick line. One of the most common misconceptions about spot treatment is that spot treatment shouldn't be done during the summer months. However, one of the main reasons for the formation of this thought is the wrong information that spot treatment can only be corrected with laser applications. The use of laser for spot treatment in summer causes problems, but with other applications, spot treatment can be continued. I am a doctor who likes to work individually. Stain is a very individual matter. Issues such as the depth of the stain and the cause of the stain actually determine the direction of the treatment. As I said in the summer months, we can manage this process with personalized cocktails, peelings or creams. We can go to protection. You can make applications so that it does not increase, it is enough to avoid laser applications.”