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Summer ... A Love / Hate Relationship

Summer is finally here and with the sun and warm weather come skin challenges, including hyperpigmentation. There are many causes of hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone, as well as different depths of damage to the skin. These types of changes in the skin occur when melanocytes are either destroyed, resulting in hypopigmentation (no color left in the skin), or over-stimulated resulting in hyperpigmentation (too much color in the skin).

Types of pigmentation changes include:

- Hyperpigmentation (dark spots)

- Hypopigmentation (no melanin)

- Demarcation (uneven pigmentation from procedures, picking or scratching)

- Melasma (dense, large patches that are hormonal related)

Hyperpigmentation can occur at different levels, including:

- Epidermal (surface is light brown and not quite as dense)

- Dermal (skin is deep brown, ashen-gray, and appears more solid)

- Mixture (both levels are usually dark brown)

Causes of hyperpigmentation may include:

- PIH (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation)

- Birth control pills

- Hormone replacement therapy (estrogen)

-Long term sun exposure

- Acne

- Razor bumps

- Severe sunburn

- Eczema

- Chemical irritations

- Electrolysis

- Rashes

- Abrasive scrubs

- Certain prescription medications

- Chickenpox

- Picking

- Scratching

- Insect bites

- Trauma to the skin (cuts, burns, abrasions)

- Surgical procedures

- Perfumes sprayed on sun-exposed areas

Two main factors that affect hyperpigmentation are the SUN and HEAT! So wear and SPF during the day and stay cool!

One thing to keep in mind with most pigmentation is that our melanocytes are there to protect our skin cells. We need this in order to help fight against the impact of UV rays. However, after the initial protection process has taken place you're left with underlying damage that shows on the skin's surface.

But don't worry ... there's good news! Rhonda Allison Skincare has a variety of products that can help with your skin to even tone and lighten hyperpigmentation. Using the science of chirality (which skin efficiently utilizes), along with superior brightening ingredients such as kojic acid, arbutin, daisy flower, ascorbic acid, azelaic acid, and potassium azeloyl diglycinate, the formulas are some of the most advanced available.

Rhonda Allison's brightening products address four critical factors in eliminating, reducing, and managing hyperpigmentation: surface exfoliation, cellular suppression of melanin, surface skin bleaching/brightening, and cell rejuvenation and protection. One combination I love to pair together is Grape Seed Hydrating Serum and Blushed Wine Gel for powerful hydrating, firming, and brightening support.

Here are my product recommendations for addressing pigmentation in skin:

Skin Brightening Cleanser

Brightening Pigment Lotion

Brightening Scrub

Naturale Mega Brightening Serum

Skin Brightening Gel

Brightening Cream Enhanced

Skin Brightening Enzyme

Grape Seed Hydrating Serum

Blushed Wine Gel

C-Stem Cell

SynErgy A

Growth Factor Serum (for normal skin)

Growth Factor Gel (for acne skin)

Antioxidant Complex Serum

E-Zinc Protection Cream (SPF 22)

Let's chat about which products are right for your skin during your next visit!

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