Our expert says:
Hi Nicky, thank you for the question.
This is a difficult question to answer over the net as ideally one would like to examine the skin and the pigmentory changes first before deciding on the appropriate treatment options. Your best advice would be to consult a dermatologist or an aesthetic practitioner who can examine the areas of concern.
Generally speaking pigmentation can be improved with a good topical regime:
Moisturizer containing glycolic acid and alphahydroxy acids
Depigmenting creams containing glycolic acid, kojic acid, citric acid, lactic acid, ascorbic acid, Bearberry extract, licorice extract, Mulberry root extract, mandelic acid, Arginine, and Arbutin – these ingredients are found in NeoStrata’s range of topical products.
By adding a glycolic acid peel to your regime one should get improved results and clearance of the pigmentation.
A more aggressive approach would include skin rejuvenation with IPL & Bi-Polar Radiofrequency (Syneron), Laser (Fraxel, Ultrapulse Encore), and IPL (Ellipse).
The alcohol may be aggravating the pigmentation and you should avoid products containing this ingredient. A good SPF is vital to prevent further pigmentory changes and your SPF should contain zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. My preference for sun protection is the Heliocare range and you can get more information on this product at www.heliocare.com or on my web page: www.aestheticfacialenhancement.co.za - Products Menu.
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal
advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.