Skin pigmentation problems such as age spots, liver spots, post-pregnancy masks and skin discolouration on the face and body affect millions of people in the UK and are a result of increased local skin pigment production, known as melanin.
Melanin protects us from the effects of the sun but often, due to a variety of different influences both environmental and internal, the skin can produce more melanin. This then results in hyper pigmented skin spots or areas, such as age, liver and sun spots, after local damage from acne or burns, or pregnancy mask, which is often seen on the jaw line and other facial areas. Inflammation is a key trigger of increased pigmentation, sometimes from acute inflammation likes spot or injuries and in other cases through extended low inflammation from exposure to sun over years. The latter is key to developing a more sensitised skin and the former is often the trigger that brings out the problem.
There is epidermal and dermal hyper pigmentation. Hormonal triggered pigmentation like melasma and pregnancy mask are deeper and more dermal and harder to treat. While sun damage is more epidermal and easier to treat. A lot of pigmentation is a combination dermal and epidermal and one should ensure assessment with equipment such as a woods lamp to determine the type of pigmentation, so the best treatment option can be suggested.
Traditionally an ingredient called hydroquinone has been used to lighten dark spots but this is now banned in cosmetics due to its reported damaging effects in the skin, and research also shows that its metabolites has even been linked to blood cancers.
However, help is at hand from a safe alternative to hydroquinone cosmetics called Tebiskin LC (Lightening Cream), which has been invented by Dr de Paoli, a leading dermatologist and researcher in the field.
Tebiskin LC is highly effective and reduces excessive pigmentation production in the skin safely. The products natural-based ingredients build up in the skin over a number of weeks, resulting in a gradual slowing down in melanin production and normalising excessive levels. As a result, new lighter skin cells migrate to the skin surface, replacing older, darker skin through natural shedding which is encouraged by a mild exfoliant. Tebiskin LC utilises a combination of 4 ingredients to target 4 different stages of pigmentation manufacture while not damaging the melanocyte (the cells which make pigment) and also not releasing potential carcinogens.
Tebiskin LC does not contain hydroquinone, yet it is just as effective and eliminates the risks associated with this dangerous ingredient.
Peter Roberts, managing director of SkinMed who market Tebiskin LC in the UK, said: “It is vital for people’s health that they stop using cosmetics containing hydroquinone. It is banned in the UK but a significant amount of hydroquinone creams are still imported from countries where it is yet to be banned and a strong black market trade exists. More worrying still are creams containing Arbutin and Bearberry which are natural sources of hydroquinone which are still legal but still supply hydroquinone when applied. Tebiskin LC is a safe alternative to hydroquinone and is just as effective at eradicating skin pigmentation problems.
Also, the use of chemical peels is highly recommended for treating epidermal pigmentation and also combined pigmentation. The revolutionary new EnerPeel system works in the skin rather than on the skin, to enhance skin rejuvenation and reduce melanin production to lighten dark areas of hyperpigmentation. The Tebiskin and Enerpeel range are for Clinics only. For more details on the ranges of skincare treatments and products or to book a skin consultation, please click here to find your closest stockist.