Next in our educational series “Fall in Love With Your Skin,” we’re going to talk about pigment control and correction. The fall and winter months are a great time to work on pigment since these products can have an adjustment period and make your skin sensitive to sunlight. Note: If you struggle with melasma, we treat this most successfully with our Moxi laser and/or Advanced Melasma Peel.
The two main ingredients that are important in correction of pigment are Vitamin C and hydroquinone. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that brightens skin and evens out skin tone while protecting the skin from free radicals that cause skin damage and signs of aging. Vitamin C also improves the skin’s firmness, and everyone should use a Vitamin C daily even if they do not struggle with stubborn pigment. We have several different Vitamin C products to choose from, but we are most excited about our newest one, REVISION VITAMIN –C+ Correcting Complex 30% by Revision Skincare.
REVISION VITAMIN C+ Correcting Complex 30%
With its patented MelaPath® technology, this product is one of Revision’s top sellers.
- Vitamin C helps protect the skin from free radicals and environmental aggressors including Urban Dust and High Energy Visible light (HEV or blue light for all you peeps who work in front of a computer screen)
- Vitamin C in the product helps support the skin’s natural production of Vitamins C and E—double duty!
• Reduces appearance of age spots, sun damage and fine lines
• Lightweight, water-based and oil-free
• Perfect addition to your daily anti-aging skin routine
• Ideal for all skin types, even those with dry, oily or combination skin types.
In a clinical study of women ages 38-60 using the product for 12 weeks:
87% of uses reported visibly brighter skin
94% of users reported an improvement in the evenness of skin tone
84% of users reported visibly firmer skin
90% of users reported an improvement in overall skin appearance
Hydroquinone is a depigmenting agent that produces reversible lightening of the skin by interfering with melanin production by melanocytes. Hydroquinone comes in various strengths and those requiring a prescription (4-8%) are using reserved for very dark pigment in patient with dark skin types. In those strengths, hydroquinone is only to be used on trouble spots and its use is limited. It can also be used for approximately 2 weeks before certain treatments to prevent a condition called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or PIH. If you have darker skin, it is important that you seek a team that has experience treating this type of skin.
ZO PIGMENT CONTROL + BLENDING CRÈME
A powerful 2% hydroquinone product that helps correct hyperpigmented skin associated with condition such as melasma and severe sun damage, it is formulated specifically to be used with retinoic acid (tretinoin), a vitamin A derivative which causes cell turnover.
- Corrects existing pigment
- Suppresses future pigment
- Helps even skin tone
- Helps reduce inflammation associated with hydroquinone by hydrating newly exposed skin
- Prevents inflammation, resistance, and hyperpigmentation
Note: Hydroquinone should not be used for longer than 5 months at a time in order to prevent inflammation, resistance, and hyperpigmentation rebound. A 2-3 month break must be taken before starting use again. This product increases your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product.
Give Both Products a Boost with Revision’s DEJ BOOSTING SERUM
D·E·J Daily Boosting Serum™ is an advanced age-defying serum that rejuvenates and energizes fatigued skin to reduce the appearance of photodamage, fine lines and wrinkles. This powerhouse serum is formulated with patent-pending Sunflower Sprout Extract Technology from Revision Skincare. The unique formula has been clinically proven to boost skin’s cellular energy, improve skin firmness, elasticity, and reduce overall signs of photodamage while strengthening the skin barrier. This is a great way to add some extra hydration to your skin while working to correct pigment.