Hyperpigmentation is one of the most common skin concerns faced by Asian women, and we’re sure it is one of the peskiest problems around too.
Hyperpigmentation doesn’t just happen overnight and can be very persistent. And you’ll understand why once you know how pigmentation is formed. There are four stages to its formation:
1. Inflammation triggers mediators, over-activating the enzyme Tyrosinase, an engine for melanocyte, which is the cell that produce dark pigments on skin.
2. The Tyrosinase enzyme enables melanocytes produce more melanin granules, to protect the skin. Inflammation causes this action to work excessively.
3. Melanin Granules are transferred over to skin cells, giving it a unique colour. These skin cells will begin their journey to skin surface.
4. Healthy skin cells typically emerge to surface, and they will be shed eventually. Unfortunately, for inflamed dark spots, the pigment deposits make removal more challenging. Hence dark spots are very persistent.
SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense promises to be the solution for hyperpigmentation
SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense review: Does it really work?
Of course, we’re not just going to take their word for it – we want to put it to the test for ourselves.
29-year-old Angela has been having freckles on her face for many years and has been trying out different skincare products all these while. However, none of them seem to be able to lighten the spots. She has even resorted to trying out home remedies, such as applying lemon juice on the affected area, but she said it only stung her and did not improve her skin condition at all. (Note: Applying acidic substances like lemon juice on your skin is generally frowned upon because it can potentially burn and damage your skin especially if you’re exposed to sunlight with it.)
Daily Vanity presented Angela with the SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense and she tried it for six weeks. During this period, Angela was asked not to change any other parts of her regular skincare routine and to use the serum twice a day for all of the six weeks. She is also encouraged to use a sunscreen every day.
Angela had a good impression of the SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense when she tried the product. She was delighted to find that the serum absorbed easily and did not feel sticky on her skin. In fact, she observed that it also help improve the absorption of her regular moisturiser, which she usually applies after the serum. The lightweight product also make her skin feel instantly smoother, sot her makeup was able to glide on more easily.
After the first few weeks of usage, Angela said that she started to notice her skin look brighter and that her skin tone looked more even compared to before.
We know that the litmus test is definitely in how well the SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense is able to lighten the appearance of the pigmentation on her skin. And this is why we’ve taken photos of Angela to track the progress.
From the photos, we could see that Angela’s overall complexion had brightened and the redness around her nose looked less prominent, especially as it progressed into the sixth week of her usage. The spots on her skin also looked progressively lighter, with the most noticeable improve at the cluster around her cheek bones, and the acne scars on her chin. Her overall skin texture also looked smoother than before.
Angela was pleased with what she saw in the photos and was glad to have found a product that doesn’t just work but is also safe and gentle on her skin. She would continue to use the product and hope that she would be able to see even more improvement, since full results are said to be seen in 12 weeks.