Various factors are responsible for causing uneven skin tone. Many people feel overly concerned about their skin appearance. Hence, people often get confused about what methods to use to get an even skin tone. Sun damages, melasma, acne, skin conditions, such as dermatitis or rosacea, can cause uneven skin tone. You can visit an aesthetic clinic JB to receive medical treatment for uneven skin tone in such conditions. In addition, we will share a few helpful tips as per the recommendations of skin experts that will improve your skin tone.
Tips for Even Skin Tone
Including the following tips in your regular skincare routine will help you a great deal to even your skin tone. Let’s discuss them further.
Regularly Exfoliate Your Skin
Experts believe that how lights hit your skin and reflect on it play a significant role in the appearance of your skin tone. For instance, light reflecting on a smoother skin surface will create a healthy glow as the dark spots are less visible. On the other hand, the more uneven your skin tone is, the more it will highlight other flaws.
Large pores or fine lines on the skin cause uneven skin tone, prevents an even application of skincare products and cast shadows and darkness on your face.
Hence, the first step towards getting an even skin tone is regular exfoliation. When you exfoliate your skin, it helps remove the uppermost skin layer to reveal new and brighter skin layers. It helps remove dead skin cells, reduce pores, and fine lines. Further, it helps in the absorption of various topical skincare products. While this process is quite effective, you should consult experts when selecting the right product. Often certain topical products come with ingredients that might irritate or inflame your skin. Feel free to consult your doctor at a skin clinic in Johor Bahru to identify the product that would help you get better results.
Occasional Use of Glycolic Peel
Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA). Skin doctors often recommend glycolic peels for exfoliation to help even your skin tone. Experts also suggest that these peels can effectively reduce hyperpigmentation, smooth wrinkles, and fine lines. They recommend undergoing heavier chemical peels at a skin clinic every few months, and gentle exfoliation at home in between can help you notice significant results.
Besides, if you have sensitive skin or is in doubt about selecting the right peel according to your skin type, it is better to consult your dermatologist. Otherwise, it may do you more harm than good. Moreover, when using a chemical peel, it is better to follow the procedure with caution regarding time and frequency. While buying facial peels, ensure that they are gentle. Otherwise, the chances are high that they might cause skin inflammation, which can cause hyperpigmentation.
Use various skin-friendly acids
Salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and lactic acid are commonly used when treating uneven skin tone. Since many of these ingredients are antioxidants, they help prevent possible damage from free radicals. However, skin doctor Johor Bahru also suggests using kojic acid and tranexamic acid. Kojic acid is produced from various types of fungi, while tranexamic acid is a synthetic derivative of amino acid lysine. The latter is a comparatively gentler approach for exfoliation and best suited for individuals with sensitive skin.
Include Vitamin C in your skincare routine
Now you have removed dead skin cells on the upper-most skin layer and prepared your skin to absorb other skincare products. The next step is to use Vitamin C products. It can effectively brighten your overall skin complexion and reduce dark spots. Moreover, as it contains antioxidants, it can protect your skin from free radical damage and prevent premature signs of ageing.
You may use topical wipes or cleansers with vitamin C and E to reduce melanin production, a significant factor responsible for skin darkening. Further, it can help in even skin tone. Like every great thing comes with certain disadvantages, Vitamin C is also no exception. Vitamin C can oxidize faster and lose its effectiveness. Besides, though ascorbic acid is water-soluble, it cannot penetrate your skin pores as oils surround them. Experts suggest using a lipid-based vitamin c that can penetrate your skin pores. You can consult your skin specialist in JB to determine which vitamin C- rich products, such as cleansers, serums, etc., to use to improve your skin tone.
Use a moisturizer with sun protection
In our previous blogs, we have highlighted the significance of using sunscreen to protect your skin from possible sun damage. It can help hydrate your skin, reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of ageing. At the same time, moisturizing is also essential to improve your skin health. However, if separately applying a moisturizer and sunscreen is an issue, you can select a moisturizer that has sun protection factors as well.
Stimulation of melanin causes melasma, which is further sensitized by female hormones. Hence, skin experts suggest that women with melasma should use physical sunscreen instead of a chemical one. Physical sunscreen doesn’t absorb any light or convert them into heat. Instead, it reflects light to prevent possible sun damage. Regardless of your skin type or if you have melasma, consult your dermatologist Johor Bahru. They can guide you regarding choosing the right sunscreen or whether you should use a moisturizer with SPF. Even if you have melasma, they can suggest the right physical sunscreen for improving your skin tone.
Include retinol in your skincare routine
As we have mentioned earlier, exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells. Hence, you need retinol products as it helps increase cell turnover. However, including these methods in your skincare routine can make your skin sensitive to sunlight. Therefore, you need strong sun protection for your skin. You can buy over-the-counter retinol products. Otherwise, you may consult your skin doctors regarding the right products to use. We recommend always consulting your dermatologist regarding every skincare product you should use when it comes to your skin. The reason is every skin is different, and so are their requirements. According to your doctor’s advice, using products in your skincare regime can help you get more effective results.
Refrain from picking your skin
When you pick or squeeze your pimples, it can further inflame your skin, causing hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone. Hence, no matter how tempted you might feel, avoid picking your skin to prevent further skin damage.
Treat skin redness with Ceramides
If you are concerned about your skin redness, it is better to schedule an appointment with the best skin specialist in Johor Bahru. Various reasons can be responsible for such symptoms, such as rosacea. It is crucial to diagnose the skin concerns you are suffering from to treat them properly. Often soothing topical creams containing ceramides can effectively calm the skin’s redness. In addition, Niacinamide, a form of vitamin B3, can help in soothing red blemishes, reducing skin inflammation, the appearance of skin pores, and hyperpigmentation. Dermatologists can also combine it with other skin brightening products to improve skin tone.
Moreover, you should also avoid over-exfoliating your skin. Too many skincare products can make your skin highly sensitive and prone to redness. If your skin redness bothers you, it is better to consult your skin doctor to determine what products you should or should not use to reduce your skin redness.
Skin specialists often might recommend prescription creams to constrict your blood vessels responsible for causing redness temporarily. It might be a temporary solution but can offer effective results. Besides, you might experience worsening of your condition once the effects of this medication wear off after about eight to twelve hours. Hence, instead of looking for temporary solutions, we recommend visiting your skin doctor for proper treatment. Once they identify the causes of your skin redness, they can prescribe topical creams or other forms of treatment to improve skin appearance.
Medical Treatments for Uneven Skin Tone
Though your dermatologist might prescribe the skincare products mentioned above to help even your skin tone, they might opt for other treatment methods to improve your condition. These are as follows.
Q-switched laser or Pico laser– This procedure focuses on treating the sunspots on the uppermost layer of your skin in approximately one to three sessions. The laser penetrates the pigment and breaks the same into fragments within the skin tissues. As a result, your skin appears smoother and has an even tone.
Microdermabrasion – It is another exfoliating treatment method that helps remove dead skin cells, dirt, and other skin impurities. Therefore, this procedure helps improve your skin appearance.
Chemical Peel – It affects a deeper layer of your skin and exfoliates the same to improve your skin tone and texture
Dermed Clinic is an aesthetic clinic JB that helps treat various skin conditions and improve your skin health. Dr Muniandi of this clinic offers customized treatment to his patients based on their specific skin concerns. If you are bothered about hyperpigmentation or uneven skin tone, or any other aesthetic concerns, visit Dermed Clinic for the needed treatment.
Dr. Muniandi Velayuthan received his
MBBS (Bgm) and Dip Derm in Bangkok and has been practising
aesthetic medicine and dermatology for over 10 years. He has worked with many pioneer
dermatologists, including those from the Dr. Subra Center for Skin Diseases. He has been trained by
many prominent aesthetic physicians in the region and is a Fellow in Cutaneous and Laser Surgery
Dr. Velayuthan is known for his caring and friendly personality and genuine dedication to helping
his patients find tailor-made solutions to their skin problems.