It’s that one skin issue that is so tricky. Why because you’ve done the damage years before you can even see the damage and when sun damage appears it’s almost impossible to get rid of it. I know great isn’t it.
Pigmentation is the skins response to the sun. It appears several years later as dark patches on the skins surface. You’ve probably guessed it but it can happen to any of us, that’s right nobody is safe.
The Science When the skin is over exposed to UV light the skin triggers an over production of melanin. Melanin is the pigment that gives your skin colour. The over product results in dark patches on your skin. Gradually over time the pigmentation will work its way to the surface of the skin.
How to treat It is very difficult to reverse the damage once it’s done. Always wear SPF even in the winter, prevention is definitely the best cure in this situation. Exfoliate the skin regularly to promote a healthy cell turn over. Serums and treatments help to lighten the pigmentation. Laser is the best treatment but again although you can have a dramatic reduction it is not going to 100% clear things. Sorry to disappoint but Id rather be honest. It’s also pretty expensive.
Side note if you head down the laser route make sure you check into a reputable aesthetics clinic. This is your face you need to be sensible. My favourite clinic is Laser and Skin clinics but always do your research.
A few of my favourites to treat and prevent