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Pigmentation problems? Could this be your new skin saviour?

I’m on pretty good terms with my skin – we get on well and hang out every single day. That was until I spotted some unwanted hyperpigmentation. 

Since then our relationship has been on rocky ground.

Also known as sun spots, hyperpigmentation are dark spots, on the face – they can appear anywhere at anytime – those with darker skin can suffer with it more.

My hyperpigmentation is mainly on my cheek bones and I think it’s a combination of pregnancy spots and not wearing enough sun lotion in my younger days. The basic fact is that most of the hyperpigmentation you see now is from sun damage 20 years ago plus it’s made worse by current UV exposure. 

Hyperpigmentation creates uneven skin tone, which can make you look so much more older than you really are. I’ve tried quite a few things to help with my pigmentation but so far nothing has worked. But I recently tried a chemical peel specifically designed to break down pigmentation. Interested? Read on to find out more…

LOCATION

ZC Aesthetics is run by Laura Catt and Nayna Zuzarte who between them, have got a tonne of experience working with medicine and training in advanced procedures.

ZC Aesthetics have a clinic in Leicester, Newark and Bingham and Nayna Zuzarte heads up the Leicester clinic. She recently converted a small room in her Desford home into a small and comfy room where she can see and treat her clients.

The initial consultation was with Nayna and it was very casual and relaxed. As well as talking me through the options and procedures, she analysed my skin according to the Fitzpatrick skin type scale which ranges from very fair (skin type I) to very dark (skin type VI).

We discussed doing something called a mesopeel. The peels are a pharmaceutical grade chemical peel and include a variety of strengths and types to allow treatment to be tailored to each individual clients needs. Like a liquid exfoliator, the peel encourages the outer layers of the skin to be removed and new, fresh skin cells to be produced and treat uneven skin tone (hyperpigmentation) and decided on a 3-course treatment.

The clinic use a brand called Mesoestetic – a medical cosmetics brand and their depigmentation range offers fantastic solutions for treating dark spots – trust me I’ve done by homework on the topic. As far as I know, they’re the only clinic in Leicestershire that use this brand so I was quite excited to see the results.

Nayna gave me a pre-prep kit to use before my first treatment to prepare my skin. It was made up of Mesoestetic’s foamy face wash, a whitening essence – not as scary as it sounds – a brightening peel booster and sun screen. The essence inhibits tyrosinase which is the main enzyme responsible for creating melanin (excess melanin causes pigmentation) so blocking its action can significantly brighten areas of pigmentation while eliminating excess melanin, evening out and lightening skin tone, and reducing the appearance of dark spots.

I simply had to follow the pre-prep skincare regime for two weeks before my first peel.

When I arrived Nayna had everything already out ready for my treatment. Being in her home made the whole thing so much more relaxing – like you were getting a personal, one-to-one service.

TREATMENT

Usually the words ‘chemical peel’ would make me break into a cold sweat; when I think of peels I think of facial scarring and burning but in this situation, I felt quite relaxed and dare I say – a little excited!

Nayna had explained the procedure to me beforehand, but we went over it again. Not sure how much my skin would be able to tolerate, Nayna decided to use a mild salicylic acid peel first to see how my skin would react. The idea was that with each treatment, she’d slowly increase the strength of the peel.

She began by doing a double cleanse on my face then used a pre-procedure cleaning solution that goes a lot deeper into the skin. This was the only slight uncomfortable part of the procedure because she used a rough gauze to cleanse the skin. It sounds worse than it is and actually didn’t hurt at all and I was surprised at how quick it was all over – I’ve spent longer getting my eyebrows threaded.

After two weeks I went for the second treatment; this time the procedure included the melanostop which is specifically aimed at targeting pigmentation. Nayna only did one layer and mentioned that I could expect some redness and possible peeling of the skin.

By the time the third treatment rolled round, she used a salicylic acid to open up the skin – this was left on for 10 minutes and then we used the melanostop again which was now able to penetrate deeper into the skin. This time, she did two layers and left it on for 5 minutes.

She finished it off with an acid to neutralise the skin which gave a light tingling/stinging sensation which only lasted a few seconds and then a gentle cream called Fast Skin Repair to heal the skin. 

RESULTS

After three treatments, I didn’t peel or go red but had been under the impression that you had to, to see results. For me, this wasn’t the case. Here’s a before and after so you can judge for yourself.

Before and after shot

I only had three treatments (Nayna usually suggests a course of six) and let’s remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Even though some of those pesky stubborn marks were still there, I could definitely see a difference and my skin looked brighter too. Bonus!

I went for this specific depigmentation treatment because I wanted to get rid of as many dark spots as I could and I was really pleased with the results. Creams, acid, laser and light therapy – you name it, I’ve tried it – but nothing has given me such great results like this treatment. 

For more persistent pigmentation and dark spots, they also offer a brilliant treatment called Cosmelan. It’s slightly more aggressive but the results really do speak for themselves (seriously – google it).

More interesting for me, will be the comparison in three/four months. If your interest is piqued, check out the treatments they offer here and, as ever, if you try it out, let me know what you think.

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