How can it be erased? How can it disappear? Let’s be clear from the beginning, there may be a long and diverse road to removing hyperpigmentation. For permanent results, treating pigmentation on the skin may take a long time, coupled with client compliance.
Hyperpigmentation CAN Be Totally Removed
It will take the removal of excess corneum, where most of the brownish material lies, but without traumatic peels, which of course may seem effective yet, invite further hyperpigmentation the minute the client goes out into the sun. Very few anomalies can be burned or lasered off—despite claims or intent.
The field of pigmentation is vast with many variables. However, the therapist may be concerned with only two categories: Passive or Inflammatory (or both at the same time).
Passive: Hormonally induced trauma from inside out, due to endocrine and other hormonal flux. i.e., ‘Pregnancy Mask’ across the nose and cheeks or largely defined melasmas after a certain age or menopause. This is the most difficult to remove because the practitioner must address the cortisol levels, stress levels and blocking melanogenesis at the front door of the warehouse that supplies pigment to the melanocyte itself. It is called The Golgi Apparatus, second to the Mitochondria, it is the most primary organelle in the human cell. Think of it as the post office or UPS/FedEx that sends the goods throughout the cell structure which keeps everything maintained.
Inflammatory hyperpigmentation: Browning from outside attack i.e., sun over-exposure (solar keratosis) picking at a pimple, any kind of burn either chemical or actual fire. This category is easy to get rid of since it requires only superficial removal at the epidermal level and inhibiting further ascension of melanin at that site.
There are many, many ways to treat these categories and the plethora of claims can get confusing. I would suggest you do not get too caught up in ingredients. Many ingredients do the same or similar things—ALL of them depend upon a level (or lack of) bioactivity. This begins at source-processing the sourced raw material to maintain Phyto-strength or efficacy and the percentage of the ingredient to make any difference at all in the skin.
You do not have to depend upon trial and error. Just look to companies that do not just offer product knowledge seminars. Pay attention to concepts with or without products. Avoid offerings that focus on ‘the latest peptide” or “a light wave breakthrough.” There is no standalone methodology when removing hyperpigmentation.
Some hyperpigmentation cases can be limping towards oncology—such as ochronosis, more common in darker skin tones. Catching this early could save a person’s life. Other cases such as Lupus will result in reoccurring hyperpigmentation, no matter what you may do. With those periods of remission, you can give the Lupus client a miracle and it is worth the time and effort.
Remember, anything that can be controlled like HIV or diabetes is worth the effort and the journey, even with a client who may appear at first suspicious and uncooperative.
TIP: Hyperpigmentation treatments may lighten up the non-pigmented areas first, making the pigmented areas appear darker by comparison. Eventually the edges of the melasma may become ragged and the color a progressively lighter brown, than a tannish tone and finally…gone.
DMK Founder – Danné Montague-King
A pioneer in his industry. Danné has seen the depths of depression associated with poorly functioning skin. In fact, his everlasting passion was born from his dissatisfaction with his own acne as a teen. Many times, he has shared the story of how his parents would take him to lavish events where he would find a dark corner to hide away in, ashamed of this blemished skin. Not understanding the condition completely, and after failed attempts from top U.S. dermatologists to cure his acne, Danné took things into his own hands and desperate for a cure, became his own guinea pig. A string of breakthroughs, trials and tribulations, and many travels would follow, until he found his first true breakthrough in the 60s involving vitamin C therapy.
That’s all it took to spark what would be decades of developing successful treatments and products that would combine to form the iconic brand that is DMK – sold throughout 30 countries. For 50 years Danné has lived by his motto: rebuilding skin, rebuilding lives.
Dedicated to his craft, his practicing therapists, and his clients, Danné is the founder of the DMK family and is responsible for rebuilding skin and rebuilding lives all over the world.
DMK Concept – Remove, Rebuild, Protect, Maintain
DMK believes that the origin of most skin conditions is a result of disharmony within the skin. Using the principles of biochemistry, DMK has formulated a range of treatments and products designed to educate skin to perform like youthful healthy skin. By matching formulations with the body’s chemistry, the skin is encouraged to respond in a positive manner. DMK’s revolutionary concept of REMOVE, REBUILD, PROTECT, MAINTAIN aims to match an individual’s biochemistry with the appropriate skin therapy.