My pigmentation developed within 1 year and I am still struggling to get it reduced, not even talking about getting rid of it totally. I spend thousand of rands already. Chemical peels, microneedling, laser treatment and then a prescribed topical ointment to lighten the pigmentation.
What other options do I have? I heard about clinics that do intensive pigmentation removal but at a huge cost.
Can frequent IPL (intense pulse light) help? I read about it and some say the light does break up the pigmentation.
A. Expert Answer
Thank you so much for your question and I am so sorry to hear that you are struggling with this condition. Truth be told, when pigmentation forms rapidly like what you have described, the problem is quite often NOT in the skin. In most cases when what you have described happens to someone, the problem is internal. It can be anything from having changed birth control pills, having had a baby, having had a major trauma in your life that has affacted your hormonal profile, having been ill and taking certain medications for that illness and the list goes on and on. The main thing you need to focus on is getting the RIGHT help. The right help entails seeing a Dr that can asses the following: 1) Where is the pigment? Is it superficial? Is it deep? Is it possibly Melasma? 2) What has possibly caused the pigmentation and lastly, 3) What treatments or products have you tried and what HAS worked, and what HAS NOT worked. Form there, we could get a better idea of what to do and how to do it and how to proceed with treatments and products specifically geared to YOUR type of pigmentation. It's important to target both CAUSe as well as symptom. Unfortunately most over-the-counter or "quick fix" options target only the symptom, leaving the patient very disappointed as there are no long term results. My advice, get to see one of our Skin Renewal Doctors as soon as possible and get the right advice to start treating your pigment and avoiding wasting money on things that are possibly not going to help you. You can find your nearest branch here: www.skinrenewal.co.za
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