So what is the best choice? Pigmentation creams or clinical procedures?
Finding the best way of removing that stubborn pigmentation can seem a little trial and error, so here is a pros and cons list of the best way to treat pigmentation problems.
• Laser Treatments
Laser treatments for pigmentation removal are often advertised as the only surefire way to address hyperpigmentation, this is not the case. In truth, laser treatments should only be considered as a last resort. These kind of treatments can be very invasive, and will take a good deal of time to heal. Intense aftercare is a must, including skin healing creams and strong sunscreens. 3 – 4 treatments are the norm before the desired result is achieved. The cost of laser treatments can also be an issue for most, as a full course of treatment can be costly. Always consult a dermatologist before considering this approach, and do your research on choice of clinic.
Pros – will work on severe cases as a last resort.
Cons – lengthy heal time, expensive.
Microdemabrasion is a relatively new exfoliating technique that removes dead skin cells using special hand held equipment from the top layer of skin. Microdermabrasion is completely non invasive and can be carried out by your local skin care specialist. You may need a few treatments depending on the extent of the pigmentation, and this will normally range from anything between 4 and 8 treatments. Microdermabrasion is a reasonably quick process, earning it’s nickname – “the lunchtime peel”. Treatments at the time of writing are around $75 to $150.
Pros – Non invasive, quick, available from most skin care boutiques.
Cons – Not always completely successful, more than one treatment, reasonably expensive.
• Pigmentation Creams
Pigmentation creams are probably the first stop for hyperpigmentation problems. They are convenient, inexpensive and easily accessible. There are 2 types of pigmentation cream – chemical based and natural product creams. 99% of the chemical based creams contain the ingredient hydroquinone. Hydroquinone has been proven to lighten dark areas of skin but this chemical has been the subject of much debate. Hydroquinone has been banned across Europe and many other countries due to evidence of the side effects associated with using any cream containing this chemical. Research is on going to determine the long term effects.
Because of these concerns, natural based pigmentation creams are now the market leaders in fading hyperpigmentation. Natural pigmentation creams contain natures finest pure ingredients that have been proven to lighten pigmentation in as little as 2 weeks.
Pros – Both chemical and natural creams fade pigmentation, inexpensive, easily accessible.
Cons – On going research on chemical based cream side effects, natural creams – none.
Hopefully this has given some insight into the choices available for pigmentation treatment.