Skin pigmentation is a skin disorder that affects many people. These irregular dark spots affect on the parts of the body that are usually exposed to the sun, such as the forehead, nose, lips, hands, and arms. We usually see more server cases of pigmentation in people over the age of 40, but they can also occur in younger people.
Out of the many skin conditions that people face, hyperpigmentation can be quite damaging to a person’s appearance and confidence.
What is pigmentation?
Pigmentation, or hyperpigmentation is a condition whereby the body over-produces melanin. For people who are unfamiliar, melanin is a natural pigment in the skin that appears to the naked eyes as dark spots, creating uneven skin tone that are not consistent with the surrounding skin.
There are other reasons that may cause hyperpigmentation in some people. Some common reasons include: pregnancy, trauma to the skin, and certain medication.
Topical solution for depigmentation
There are many brands of depigmentation creams in the market that promise to remove your pigments instantly. With good brand promise and strong marketing, it can be overwhelming for consumers to discern the effective ones from the rest.
Cysteamine Cream is a skin pigment corrector cream that contains active ingredient, Cysteamine. Naturally present in our bodies, Cysteamine reduces melanin in the epidermal layer of the skin, effectively reducing the appearance of the dark spots that are visible.
Although the active ingredient was widely known to reduce melanin in human skin, it was never used to create topical skin depigmentation cream because of its fast oxidation once in contact with the air. It would turn red and reduce its efficacy.
Many years later, researchers resumed the R&D in depigmentation cream and managed to develop a technology to create stabilised cysteamine molecules. Cysteamine Cream is the first and only depigmentation cream containing cysteamine.
People with pigmentation concerns who have used Cysteamine Cream have reported the following benefits:
- Significant improvement in pigment reduction
- Well-tolerated by most people and highly compatible with people who have sensitive skin
- Non-cytotoxic, non-carcinogenic
How does it compare to depigmentation cream with hydroquinone?
Most depigmentation creams in the market that are effective usually contain hydroquinone, a bleaching agent. It is typically used to lighten areas of the skin, such as freckles and age spots. In a study performed on rodents, it showed that administering high doses of hydroquinone showed the potential to cause cancer.
On humans, hydroquinone may cause undesirable side effects such as:
- Skin redness, burning, and irritation
- Skin dryness and cracking
- Discoloration of the skin
Combination therapy for better results
To yield better results from your pigmentation treatment regime, consider laser treatments such as PicoSure laser.
PicoSure laser gives excellent results when treating a wide range of stubborn skin pigmentation issues such as freckles, sun spots, and melasma. It eliminates stubborn pigments using short pulses by leveraging on nanosecond technology. With shorter exposure to laser, adverse effects such as risks of burning and scarring will be significantly reduced.
Very often, laser toning and other types of laser treatments only address superficial layers of the skin without reaching the deeper layers where some pigments reside. Undergoing such laser toning lasers often only lead to temporary results. In fact, undergoing regular laser toning lasers may aggravate the condition.
Sylfirm selectively targets areas of the skin to break down the abnormal cells in the skin without harming the rest of the skin cells.
Combining both laser and topical treatments is the most effective pigment removal treatment to yield long-lasting results to ensure the dark pigments don’t recur.