There has been so many developments in the 13 years that I have been doing Beauty Therapy, the change in the way we treat pigmentation is one of these huge changes.
5-7 years ago the though was exfoliate, microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Well anyone who has done any dermal science post graduate will know that that's now one of the worst ways to treat pigmentation. Think about it, you are scrubbing, scratching and peeling your skins natural protection layer away. If that protection layer isn't there, it's like going out into the sun with a first degree burn (it's going to get even more damage).
So how do we treat it? Well there isn't a easy fix - it's a slow process and takes commitment from the client. Ensure that the skin is healthy first (I explain to my clients it's like trying to build a house without foundations), it's the same with skin you need to have the healthy foundations first. Do this with the right topical Vitamins, Antioxidants and Omega 3 (don't forget about the Wonderful Skin Therapy Omega 3 Treatment Oil).
Once the skin is healthy we can start to introduce pigment fading ingredients, look out for things like DMAE, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Licorice Extract, Vit C and Melanostat 5. Clinical treatments with high level Vit A and C will help speed up this process, such as Environ DF Facials, in conjunction with IPL treatments at the appropriate times. Keep an eye out for Prologic's new Pigmentation Range on shelves this year.
My biggest piece of advise though is to have a Advanced Skin Analysis with a very knowledgeable therapist, having the understanding of what cells have been effected and what caused the pigmentation allows a more effective and better result.