Freckles vs. Pigmentation

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If you’ve been watching the runways and magazines covers recently, you’ll have seen a push towards more diverse models. We’re seeing faces in a gorgeous spectrum of colours, and we’re also seeing more “non-traditional” looks. Like what? Well, like freckles. While they’re being embraced, there is often a little confusion about freckles. What do you need to know?

Freckles are a form of hyperpigmentation. Let’s back up: what is pigmentation? It’s simply the colour of your skin. Our skin (and hair and irises) gets its colour from a pigment called melanin. Everyone has pigmentation: people who produce more melanin have darker skin and vice-versa. It’s natural, and the differences just make the world more beautiful!

(But no matter what your skin colour, protect yourself from UV rays with SPF!)

Now, Freckles!

As mention, freckles are a type of hyperpigmentation. People with them produce more than enough melanin, but it does not distribute evenly across the skin. This causes the little localised areas of discolouration, fondly (or not!) known as freckles.

Here’s where people go astray when it comes to these little spots: they think they’re caused by sun damage. Not so. You can actually thank mum and dad for them. They’re genetic. They do, however, appear when the skin is exposed to the sun.

And those with freckles – just like those without – should always wear sun protection. This will help abnormalities from forming. But even with vigilant protection, they’ll still have freckles thanks to those genes.

If you’re not satisfied with that answer, are you without a solution if you want to remove freckles? No! We offer:

Laser Pigmentation Removal: This treatment is quick, easy and painless. A laser is applied to shatter the pigments so they can be naturally absorbed by your body’s lymphatic system.

 Pigmentation Peel: This peel speeds up the skin’s own rejuvenation process while reaching damaged surface layers and providing deep exfoliation. It delivers an even, smooth skin tone.

If you want to remove freckling, contact us for a consult. Your practitioner will recommend the right treatment depending on your skin’s needs.

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