Our expert says:
Hi Nthabiseng, thank you for the question.
From your description it seems that you are suffering from some form of pigmentory marks and unfortunately pigmentation is typically not only found on the surface of the skin but also in the epidermal (just below the surface) and in the deeper dermal layer. Treatment should therefore be seen as management rather than as a ‘cure’.
Your first line of treatment is topical products which include depigmenting creams and a SPF 30 or higher that must contain zinc and/or titanium dioxide. My suggestions for depigmenting creams are NeoStrata’s Depigmenting Cream and the Brightening Cream or Lumixyl (there are no over the counter products that are as effective). I would also consider adding NeoStrata’s peeling regime with depigmenting booster pads or the DermaCeutic’s milk and spot treatment peels. Further improvement (long term) will be achieved with fractional skin resurfacing technologies or certain IPL treatments that are specifically indicated for darker skin types (please note that very few IPL based machines can be safely used in skin type 3 and darker).
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