The importance of skin protection was not really taught to most of us as children, unlike practising good oral hygiene. Most of us were probably more worried about losing our teeth instead of getting darker skin. The only time we remember to protect our skin is probably during summer. Before hitting the beach, we make sure that a bottle of sunscreen is tucked in our bags. Generous amounts of these lotions are then wiped across our skins to avoid getting sunburn.
As we get older, we realize that of all the organs in our body, our skin is the most exposed and overlooked. By the time we realize this, there may already be telltale signs of skin damage in the form of pigmentations.
Pigmentations are easily identified on the skin as they stand out by causing the colour of our skin to look uneven. They may come as tiny dark spots that pepper across our noses or huge brown patches clustered in a wide area of our cheeks.
If you are just starting to learn about pigmentation, but already have them, do not fret. There are aesthetic procedures available for pigmentation treatment in Singapore. These treatments are expertly provided by One Face. Read this post to get to know what these treatments are and check out what fashionable items you can wear to protect your skin from developing pigmentation problems.
Accessories that double as sun protection
Stepping out into the outdoors under the glaring heat of the sun can seriously harm our skin. Here are items that you can add to your outfit of the day to keep your skin out of harm’s way:
- Hats – Hats do not only cover the top of the head but parts of the face also. Wide-brimmed hats for ladies are best to shield the entire face from direct sunlight. Men need not stick to traditional caps only. Fedoras and bucket hats serve the same purpose and are pretty fashionable, too.
- Bandanas, Neck Gaiters, and Scarves – Often times we neglect that our decolletage and neck fail to get proper sun protection. Printed bandanas, neck gaiters and scarves that are made of light materials can do a great job at that. Neck gaiters can also be extended to protect the lower half of the face.
- Face masks – Face masks that are used as sun protection come in different styles. Some can be snug-fitting, similar to a surgical mask, while others fit just right above the nose with the rest of the fabric hanging loose, draped over the lower part of the face. Some sun protective hats already have masks attached to them.
- Sunglasses – Chic for ladies, cool for men. Sunglasses are a great addition to level up your outdoor style. Lenses for sunglasses now come in different tints, plus UV protection.
- Umbrellas – A lot of people are not fans of lugging umbrellas around as they can be long and a bit tiring to hold. Not anymore! There are small, lightweight, and mechanically retractable stylish umbrellas already out in the market. These can be easily stored in your bags and grabbed when you need shade from the sun. Just be sure you do not use the transparent ones!
Pigmentation treatments that are popular in Singapore
Before jumping right in, let us first familiarise ourselves with the common pigmentation problems suffered by patients in Singapore. These are:
- Hori’s Naevus
- Pigmentation Bumps
- Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation
- Solar Lentigo
Freckles. Seen as tiny specks that are light brown in shade, often found across the cheekbones and nose bridge. Freckles can be caused by genes or developed through excessive sun exposure.
Best pigmentation treatment: Hydroquinone, Intense Pulse Light, and Laser treatments
Hori’s Naevus. Dark, shadow-like shade that is found spread in clusters over the cheekbones, forehead, or nose. Development of Hori’s Naevus is linked to genetics and hormonal imbalances.
Best pigmentation treatment: Laser treatments
Melasma. Skin discolouration that appears as light to dark blotches on the skin, commonly forms on the cheekbones and forehead. Causes are skin ageing, genetics, hormonal changes, extreme sun exposure
Best pigmentation treatment: Chemical peels and laser treatments
Pigmentation bumps. Identified by their rough and elevated texture on the skin. These bumps may appear as black or light brown spots on any part of the face. Pigmentation bumps are linked to genetics.
Best pigmentation treatment: Electrocautery and Laser treatments
Post-inflammatory Hyperpigmentation. Found as dark discolourations on the skin that are usually caused by injury or inflammation. It can also be brought about by the skin’s allergic reaction to certain cosmetic products.
Best pigmentation treatment: Chemical peels, laser treatments, and topical creams
Solar Lentigo. Can be seen as a single or few dark spot/s on the face that are similar in colour. Solar lentigo occurs when the skin is exposed to the sun for an extended period of time.
Best pigmentation treatment: Intense Pulsed Light and Laser treatments
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