CORRECTLY CARING FOR PIGMENT SPOTS & MELASMA

DR. MIRIAM REHBEIN | 19. JANUARY 2021

 

Everyone wants even, pure and radiant skin. Very few of us are spared of pigment spots or melasma, especially as we get older. In most cases they are harmless to our health, but often bother those affected aesthetically. In the following, you will not only find out how pigment spots and melasma arise and how you can prevent them, but we will also give you the information you need on how to actively combat pigment spots and melasma by treating them with the right ingredients to ensure a clean and smooth complexion.

 

 

Frau mit Melasma

 

What are pigment spots & how do they differ?

Pigment spots (also called hyperpigmentation) are flat, light brown to black spots on the skin that are caused by an overproduction of melanin. Pigment spots vary in their shape and size and there are different forms of hyperpigmentation, the most common of which are:

  • Age spots:
    are caused by UV radiation. That is why they mainly occur in places that are exposed to the sun often, namely on the face, the back of the hands and on the extensor surface of the forearms. They are usually small, slightly darker spots on the skin
  • Melasma:
    often occurs as a result of hormonal changes, so it is also known as a pregnancy mask, among other things. Melasma can occur especially when taking birth control pills and during menopause or pregnancy. The hyperpigmentation can be recognized by spots, which are usually larger and have a dark color. As with age spots, melasma occurs most frequently on the arms and face as these areas are considerably exposed to the sun.
  • Freckles:
    are small, brown spots that arise due to a genetic defect: the pigment-forming melanocytes produce too much melanin, so that it is not distributed evenly in the skin cells. The intense UV radiation in the summer ensures that the melanin is released even more intensively and freckles stand out more clearly. Don't worry: they are among the benign pigment disorders that do not produce new melanocytes and are therefore harmless. The intensity and the number of spots also decrease again when there is less sunlight in autumn.

FACTORS THAT FOSTER PIGMENT SPOTS

The following factors can significantly promote the development of various pigment spots:

  • Exposure to the sun
    Your skin is exposed to harmful UVA and UVB rays on a daily basis. They are the main cause of pigmentation disorders on your skin. This is why pigment spots usually appear on parts of the face and body that are exposed to the sun particularly often.
  • Individual disposition
    Pigment spots can also be a genetic trait that accompanies you from birth. Genetically predisposed pigment spots include freckles, birthmarks, and moles.
  • Hormonal balance
    Pigment spots often develop during hormonal changes in pregnancy. A pigment disorder can also develop from taking birth control pills or from hormone replacement therapy. In these cases, the pigment disorders will recede by themselves as soon as the hormonal balance has leveled out.
  • Inflammation
    After inflammation of the skin, pigment spots usually appear as a result of scarring. Acne scars are a common example.

PIGMENT SPOTS: HELPFUL ACTIVE INGREDIENTS FOR YOUR SKIN

To give you the best possible support in removing pigment spots and melasma, Doctor Mi! medical skincare only uses active ingredients proven by studies. In addition, we completely dispense with unnecessary ingredients that damage your skin or that have no skin type-specific benefit for you. In particular, the following active ingredients play a very important role in the treatment of pigment spots and melasma:

  • Retinol / vitamin A1
  • Ascorbic acid / vitamin C.
  • Ectoin®
  • Extremoin®
  • Niacinamide / vitamin B3
  • Pantothenic acid / vitamin B5
  • SyriCalm™ CLR
  • Panthenol
  • Acetylglucosamine
  • Oligo-hyaluronic acid
  • ProRenew Complex CLR™

Tip: To make sure that your skin benefits from the desired effect and that you can rid it of pigment spots and melasma, you should only rely on evidence-based, i.e. study-based active ingredients. All products in the Doctor Mi! medical skincare range only contain ingredients with scientifically proven effects.

Recommendation: The innovative TECMi!® Deep Technology! If you want to care for your skin sustainably, you have to choose products that are able to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin. Doctor Mi! medical skincare with its unique TECMi!® Deep Technology offers two important advantages: The encapsulated molecules are more resistant and resilient to environmental influences such as light. The double encapsulation ensures that the ingredients penetrate deeper into the dermis and do not lie on the skin. It is with this special technological feature that makes Doctor Mi! medical skincare so unique as our products enable you to be optimally effective without undesirable side effects.

CLEAR & PROTECT SKIN WITH PIGMENT SPOTS: HOW IT WORKS

In order to declare war on pigment spots and achieve significant results in the first three months of your care routine with the right ingredients for your skin type, it is important to know about the needs of your skin if you suffer from pigment spots to give your skin exactly what it needs. Your complexion will thank you by having an even glow. Pay attention to our following tips and say goodbye to an irregular complexion.

STABILIZE THE pH VALUE OF YOUR SKIN

Help your skin to store moisture better: Skin with pigment disorders in particular needs daily care with the right ingredients as the skin's own protective functions, especially for the healthy defense against environmental influences, are not fully guaranteed due to the uneven distribution of melanin. Make sure that you do not use cleaning products that are too aggressive for your daily cleaning. Products that are too aggressive weaken your skin barrier, which has already been attacked, and make your skin more susceptible to further pigment disorders. So rely on deeply effective, but gentle products whose composition is optimally adapted to your skin type. The gentle cleansing gel CLEAN by Doctor Mi! medical skincare regulates fatty acids and reduces the skin's sebum production, while the antioxidants it contains inhibit inflammation and ward off external influences. Vitamin B5 (also called pantothenic acid) allows CLEAN to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin using the TECMi!® encapsulation technique and calms your skin while it is being cleaned.

LEVEL YOUR COMPLEXION

Smooth out your complexion by using a daily scrub that does not irritate your skin and at the same time removes dead skin cells. We recommend our peeling PEEL, also included in the MELASMA SET, as it contains acetylglucosamine molecules which have an excellent effect on pigmentation disorders. The peeling particles contained in it consist of crushed cherry pits and are therefore 100% natural in origin.

REDUCE THE MELANIN CONTENT OF YOUR SKIN

You can do this by using specific ingredients in your daily care that help you to effectively and steadily reduce pigmentation disorders. We recommend integrating a day and night cream based on Retinol into your care routine every day. The Doctor Mi! day care DAY is part of our MELASMA SET and is effective against pigment disorders. Thanks to the melanin-regulating Retinol, which is contained in a high-quality form and is double-encapsulated by the TECMi!® technology, DAY can successfully support your skin from the inside as it penetrates into the lower skin layers. This will result in a visibly more even and cleared complexion.

Use NIGHT in the evening to give your skin the opportunity to regenerate optimally at night. In addition to our high-dose TECMi!® Retinol, our anti-aging night cream NIGHT also contains some other high-quality active ingredients: e.g. the probiotic ProRenew COMPLEX CLR™, an evidence-based active ingredient that protects your skin barrier and accelerates the renewal of your skin. Vitamin B3 balances your skin thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties while SyriCalm® CLR also accelerates wound healing and is therefore a helpful active ingredient for the treatment of pigment disorders. Your skin's own protective functions for cell renewal are activated and existing pigment spots are evened out.

ACTIVATE THE CELL PROTECTION OF YOUR SKIN

You can stimulate the cell protection and the skin-renewing processes of your skin by regularly giving it extra attention with the right care products: RED is also in the MELASMA SET and a real miracle cure for pigment spots: The high concentration of Retinol is encapsulated twice by the TECMi!® technology which penetrates deeper into the lower skin layers and boosts your skin from the inside out. The special thing about RED is the entire active ingredient complex of the Doctor Mi! Superheroes against pigment spots, as it effectively minimizes hyperpigmentation through the contained Retinol and at the same time protects against environmental influences through ingredients such as Ectoin® and Extremoin® while stimulating the self-healing processes of your skin in order to reverse skin changes and skin damage that have already occurred.

MICRONEEDLING

Optimize the effect of the right products with our DERMA ROLLER in the MELASMA SET: Thanks to its fine and pointed needles, the Doctor Mi! DERMA ROLLER for face and body creates minimal but controlled micro-injuries to your upper skin layer. Microneedling (the use of the Derma roller) stimulates your cells from the outside and stimulates their cell renewal.

SKIN TREATMENT AT HOME

Give your skin a special treatment regularly: With the face MASK by Doctor Mi! you can treat yourself to a highly concentrated treatment that gently but reliably gives your skin a healthy glow and smoothes your complexion. Thanks to selected active ingredients that are contained in a highly concentrated form, MASK cares for your skin without irritating it. As a well-tolerable and extremely gentle Retinol face mask, MASK solely has a supportive effect on your way to smooth, even skin and a rejuvenated complexion. In addition to the special TECMi® Retinol, the product is distinguished by valuable omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E which specifically protect your skin from drying out. Ceramides support the elasticity for healthy and radiant skin. The result: your skin is supplied with all the nutrients it needs to manifest into a visibly smooth and radiantly healthy glow.

DAILY & YEAR-ROUND SUN PROTECTION

Protect your skin with a sun protection factor of 50+. In the case of pigment spots and melasma in particular, a protective shield against UVA and UVB radiation is mandatory in order to prevent pigmentation disorders and malignant changes in birthmarks.

FURTHER CARE TIPS FOR PIGMENT SPOTS & MELASMA

Reminder: A consistent care routine, in which the products used are tailored to your specific skin type, is essential for maintaining a healthy complexion, especially for skin with pigment disorders. The following is an overview of the areas of the face and body that can also be affected by pigment disorders and melasma which are often forgotten:

TAKE CARE OF LIPS CORRECTLY

Like the rest of our face, our lips are constantly exposed to environmental influences. The skin of the lips is also particularly sensitive: unlike other skin areas, lips do not have sebum glands. As a result, they do not have the ability to protect themselves by producing sebum and are prone to dryness. Think about the right care because pigment spots on the lips are not uncommon, especially on the edge of the lips: LIP is part of our MELASMA SET and contains natural and pure jojoba oil, cold-pressed olive oil, castor oil, mango butter, luxurious argan oil as well as vitamins E and C. Thanks to its skin-renewing and moisturizing effect, you can be sure of full, soft and deeply nourished for lips.

DO NOT FORGET YOUR EYES

The skin around your eyes is in itself thinner than the rest of your face. This is why special care in this area is required to prevent and eliminate pigment spots to maintain a lively and smooth expression. Use EYE to kill two birds with one stone: Since the anti-aging active ingredient Retinol also has a pigment-balancing effect, you prevent wrinkles and lines and brighten up shadows under the eyes.

TAKING CARE OF BODY & HANDS

Your hands and body deserve the protection they need to avoid pigment spots on the back of the hand, arms, thighs and décolletage and to compensate for existing pigment disorders. Our firming BODY & HAND, which contains Retinol, not only promotes the production of collagen and strengthens your connective tissue: It cares for your skin with many effective ingredients that support your skin barrier and prevent pigment spots. Aloe Vera, which is known for its moisturizing properties, counteracts environmental influences and irritated skin. High-quality shea butter nourishes and protects your skin and defends it from skin changes.

ALL-ROUND CARE FOR PIGMENT SPOTS & MELASMA: The Doctor Mi! MELASMA SET

Bring your skin to shine with the products of Doctor Mi! medical skincare. With our MELASMA SET you provide your skin with the right ingredients for an even and fresh complexion. It contains both mild cleaning products and effective care products for day and night. The MELASMA products are ideal for skin with pigment disorders and help you to keep your complexion looking smooth and healthy.

Tip: Convince yourself of the high effectiveness of Doctor Mi! medical skincare products in our before and after area.

FAQ: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SKIN WITH PIGMENT SPOTS

Here you will find specific answers to the frequently asked questions about skin with pigment spots and melasma.


  • Does Retinol help treat pigment spots and melasma?

  • What makes the TECMi!® Deep Technology special?

  • Are pigment spots and melasma dangerous?

  • Can pigment spots and melasma also be permanently removed?

  • Does make-up have a negative effect on pigment spots?

YOUR EVEN COMPLEXION WITH Doctor Mi! medical skincare

Skin with pigment spots deserves the right care in order to achieve its full potential and to keep its complexion smooth and fresh. The Doctor Mi! medical skincare relies on scientifically proven active ingredients that ensure a smooth complexion, regenerate your skin and support it in its own protective functions. The highly effective care products stimulate the cell renewal of your skin and give you a healthy and radiant complexion.

About Dr. Miriam Rehbein

Dr. Miriam Rehbein
Dr. Miriam Rehbein is a licensed specialist in dermatology as well as the founder and product developer of Doctor Mi! medical skincare. As a recognized expert in skin care, she not only passes on her specialist knowledge to colleagues at congresses and training courses, but also treats patients in her Munich practice. Based on her many years of experience in dealing with patients, Miriam Rehbein has created a care line with DoctorMi! medical skincare that pursues one goal in particular: to help the skin to help itself.