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Pigment Issues


Many women struggle with those pesky brown or "age"spots as they get older. These are caused by sun damage deep within the skin that become more visible as we age. Dark spots can also form due to some kind of injury to the skin. This is commonly referred to as post inflamatory hyperpigmentation. Popping pimples, picking at pimples and plucking chin hairs can all cause this damage. The question many women have is what can they do to minimize the appearance of these spots.

The first step is prevention. Wearing a high quality sunscreen containing Zinc Oxide, like Elta MD, to prevent stimulating your pigment producing cells will help as well as controlling acne with proper skin care.

The second is to use a product containing niacinamide, such as Nia 24 Skin Strengthening Complex. This product has been found to block the transfer of pigment into our skin cells as it is created and help reduce unwanted pigment.

The third is to use a product that inhibits the process by which pigment is created in the cells. These products, such as hydroquinnone and kojic acid, are found in many skin lighteners. Over time, the use of these products will decrease the amount of pigment and lighten the skin.

PCA pHaze 13 Pigment Gel

A unique combination of 2% hydroquinnone, kojic acid, citric acid and lactic acid to lighten and balance skin tone.

- Use to reduce skin pigment problems due to sun damage
- Can also be used as a spot treatment for acne blemishes


Smooth Solutions' Plano center also offers Intense Pulsed Light or Photofacial treatments. IPL uses a concentrated filtered light, not laser, to rejuvenate your skin. It is effective at treating sun damaged skin, hyperpigmentation(brown spots) and red, flushed faces.

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