The role of food in pigmentation treatment: What to eat for a spot-free skin

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If you have skin pigmentation problems, always talk to your doctor first before getting any kind of treatment. Different methods of treatment are required for each condition. To ensure safety and avoid major complications, make sure you have the right diagnosis first. A precise diagnosis by a qualified medical professional is the very first step towards effective pigmentation treatment.

To help you solve your pigmentation problems, book a visit to One Face, one of the top cosmetic clinics in Singapore that offers a lot of different options for pigmentation removal that suits the patient’s needs and preference. With the help of the friendly and helpful staff at One Face, you will be given utmost care and guidance as you embark on your pigmentation removal journey from start to finish.

Types of pigmentation treatments

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  1. Hydroquinone

A topical skin-bleaching agent and is usually the first choice for pigmentation treatment. Hydroquinone works by interfering the enzyme responsible for melanin production. It is available in pharmacies and can be bought in the form of a cream, emulsion, gel, lotion or solution. In some cases, with severe pigmentation, higher concentrations of hydroquinone are required and need a prescription from your doctor.

  1. Chemical peel

If hydroquinone doesn’t do a great job in clearing the pigmentation, your dermatologist may advise you to undergo an in-office cosmetic procedure called a chemical peel. With this type of pigmentation treatment, chemical peels use acids to burn off the pigmented layers of the skin. It also scrapes off the dead skin cells on the skin to allow newer cells to grow. With chemical peels, you can already expect a dramatic result and significant improvement for mild pigmentations.

  1. Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion

Both dermabrasion and microdermabrasion work with the use of a hand-held device with an abrasive surface that carefully brushes off the epidermis or the outermost layer of the skin where the pigmentations are located. This process promotes collagen production to make the skin look fresh and bright. Both can be used to treat mild forms to moderate forms of pigmentation. The only difference is that microdermabrasion penetrates to deeper skin layers for better results.

  1. IPL (Intense Pulse Light)

This type of pigmentation treatment expends intense pulse light to the pigmented areas in the skin and breaks the melanin down and exits the body. IPL is a very good choice for treating mild to moderate pigmentation like freckles. Though IPL is not a type of laser, it can also be effectively used in conjunction with laser treatments to achieve better results, but it all depends on your doctor.

  1. Laser pigmentation treatment

Laser pigmentation treatments are considered as one of the best ways to zap away all those pigmentations on your skin. Lasers are safe, effective and each session can take for only 10-15 minutes. Laser energy splits the melanin pigments into very small particles and naturally dissolves and exits the body through the lymphatic system. The number of sessions will depend on the type of pigmentation and the extent of the condition.

Foods to eat for a spot-free skin and to help in recovery after a pigmentation treatment

As we age, our body starts to have tissue breakdowns. Therefore, it is important that we have to be more thoughtful about our health and take care of our bodies even more as we grow older. Therefore, One Face recommends that you eat more of these foods after a pigmentation treatment.

  1. Fruits that are rich in yellow pigment

Fruits that are rich in the colour red, yellow and orange have high concentrations of carotenoids that aids in controlling oxidative that can lead to tissue damage and breakdown. Substitute your snack with fruits rich in colour like oranges, grapefruit, watermelon, papaya, guava and berries to get smoother and brighter skin. These fruits are also rich in vitamins A and C that aid in tissue healing and skin rejuvenation.

  1. Omega 3

Omega 3 supplies the body and the skin with added moisture that can help prevent the onset of skin pigmentation. It can also help in the repair of tissues caused by scarring and inflammation. Eat more of foods rich in omega 3 like salmon and other fatty fish to get that extra help in moisturizing and repairing your skin.

  1. Lycopene

Tomatoes on the vine

It protects your skin from inside-out by clearing free radicals in the body. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene and helps with skin healing after pigmentation treatment. Increased consumption of lycopene results in significant improvements in skin brightening and tissue repair. In addition, supplementation with lycopene seems to help in the control of inflammation that can cause further pigmentation problems.

  1. Green tea

The antioxidants found in green tea have also been found to have anti-ageing effects thus, making it easier to combat the signs of ageing like age spots and other types of skin pigmentation. Incorporating green tea into your daily diet can also boost your immune system and help you get clear glowing skin naturally.

  1. Nuts and Seeds

If you’re not allergic to nuts, then they are wonderful to snack bites that are packed with antioxidants to help you have a clearer and spot-free skin. Nuts and seeds also contain omega 3 and Vitamin, which help in skin hydration ad regulation of hormones inside the body which can trigger overproduction of melanin and cause pigmentation.

Hopefully, these food recommendations are helpful for you. For best results, make sure to follow these recommendations and use them in combination with each other to see what works for you.


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