Pigmentation is something everyone experiences – from pigments caused by sun exposure and hormones to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Despite being a common occurrence, they can be a hindrance in your journey to flawless and healthy skin. Thus, Porcelain is here to guide you through the ins and outs of pigmentation, arming you with our best solutions to combat these pesky specks!

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What is Pigmentation and What Causes it?

Before we delve deeper into the realm of pigmentation, we need to first get one thing clear. Pigmentation is the colour of our skin caused by melanin produced by skin cells known as melanocytes. Hyperpigmentation is a condition caused by an over-production of melanin, creating the telltale spots or patches of darker coloured skin. 

Common types of hyperpigmentation include:

  • Freckles / sun spots / age spots
  • Melasma
  • Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

What Causes Hyperpigmentation?

While there are many contributing factors like medication, occupation and the presence of autoimmune diseases, here are the most common cause of hyperpigmentation:

1. Sun Exposure:

A common factor that results in hyperpigmentation is the sun’s UV rays. These UV rays trigger the skin to produce more melanin as they act as your skin’s natural SPF, protecting it from further damage. 

Furthermore, once hyperpigmentation spots have appeared, sun exposure would cause them to darken. 

2. Hormone Fluctuations:

Experiencing hormone fluctuations are natural. However, it can lead to melasma, especially in women. Melasma is thought to occur when Osterogen and Progesterone (both female sex hormones) stimulate an overproduction of melanin when the skin is exposed to the sun. 

Melasma also affects many pregnant women due to the bouts of hormone fluctuations they experience.

3. Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH):

Perhaps the most commonly experienced type of hyperpigmentation, PIH typically occurs when the skin is healing from injury or inflammation. It is also the reason many of us experience dark spots (aka post-acne marks) where inflamed acne used to be. Just another reason to avoid picking at your acne!

Porcelain’s Solutions for Hyperpigmentation:

There are a plethora of alternatives that offer quick but painful or invasive options to deal with your hyperpigmentation. However, Porcelain’s pigmentation treatments deal with the root of the issue while rebalancing your skin’s pH, boosting its resilience and supporting its natural healing abilities with no down-time.

Zap Bright

The quick healer of hyperpigmentation, ZapBright™ utilises medical-grade Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to fragment melanin in 45 minutes. This effectively lightens dark spots on the skin and makes it easier for the body to naturally remove hyperpigmentation. Perfect for the time-pressed skincare fanatic.

CryoZap™

The pinnacle of customisation – this high performing facial combines luxury, technology and craftsmanship for the ultimate personalised experience. With over 1000 combinations, the CryoZap™ treatment moulds to your specific skin need to manage several skin issues alongside hyperpigmentation simultaneously. Using a personalised blend of in-house formulated products, medical-grade IPL and cooling Korean medi-technology to fragment melanin and brighten the skin surface. The ultimate heavy-hitting treatment for those of us facing multiple skin concerns. 

SunRescueZap™

This is the ideal treatment for those dealing with post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). Oxygen Therapy and cooling Korean medi-technology work to calm, repair and hydrate the skin while delivering pH balance to boost skin’s resilience. The addition of medical-grade IPL works to disperse PIH, effectively lightening post-acne marks. Additionally, the IPL’s light initiates the shrinking process of inflamed sebaceous glands, preventing an over-production of excess sebum and acne as a result. 

Commonly Asked Questions:

How many treatments does it take to remove hyperpigmentation?

The exact number of treatments required largely depends on your skin’s reactiveness and natural healing pace. With that said, the average number of sessions needed to visibly reduce hyperpigmentation is 3 to 5. Although this may seem like a comparatively high number of sessions, it is because Porcelain’s treatments focus on encouraging the skin’s natural healing process. This allows your skin to emerge from the treatment with healthy skin, zero downtime and minimal after-effects.

How can I remove hyperpigmentation permanently?

Unfortunately, the occurrence of hyperpigmentation can only be minimised and not eradicated forever. To permanently prevent hyperpigmentation would mean removing the melanin from the skin. Melanin produced gives our skin its natural skin tone, thus, preventing hyperpigmentation would mean removing your natural skin tone. Despite it being an inevitable skin condition, adopting good skin care habits like double cleansing to minimise inflammation, exfoliating regularly to minimise congestion and applying SPF daily can help. 

Are products alone sufficient to combat hyperpigmentation?

Certain products and skincare ingredients (i.e. AHAs and exfoliators) can lighten the appearance of hyperpigmentation. But, they cannot entirely remove the hyperpigmentation from deep within. Melanin is produced at the basal layer of the epidermis, a layer that products rarely penetrate to. Thus, the use of medical-grade technology is needed to reach the deeper layers of skin to disperse melanin and aid the body’s removal of the melanin cells.

Think you need personal guidance in finding the right hyperpigmentation solution for you? Book yourself a 30-minute Virtual Skin Education Session with our highly trained Skin Educators as they guide you through your hyperpigmentation and make tailored recommendations based on your skin’s needs. Plus, it’s now complimentary because of COVID-19!

It’s amazing what (sun)light can do for you. We’re talking the magical Vitamin D, said to boost happiness levels, build stronger bones and lower blood pressure. Sunlight can also heal the skin… and generously leave it with little brown gifts called pigmentation. Then there’s the other kind of light called IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), which can also generously lighten the damage dealt. That’s our ZapZapTM for you.

A Zap is A Wish Your Skin Makes | The ZapZap IPL Series | #GetYourGlowOn

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ZapZapTM — An IPL Fairy Tale for the Skin?

The latest introduction to the family of existing treatments, the ZapZapTM series is a suite of IPL treatments targeted at pigmentations, wrinkled/lined skin, acne and acne marks.

IPL isn’t really new to us, but we’d recently given our equipment an overhaul and exchanged our existing Korean technology for the latest, most premium of non-medical grade Spanish Variable Pulse IPL machines that aestheticians are legally licensed to operate. Also, while most other IPL treatments only use blue or green light, our ZapZapTM equipment pairs blue with red light for accelerated recovery.

In other words:

– Better, faster results with even less to no downtime
– It’s good for more than just pigmentations — it’s also great for softening fine lines, heal acne and its marks, balancing excess sebum and brightening the skin
– Suitable for all skin types
– Doesn’t cause dryness to the skin — we promise

We don’t believe in shortcuts, but this is as close as it gets.

Good Things Come in Threes: ZitZapTM, ZapBrightTM and ZapGlowTM 

Good Things Come in Threes: ZitZapTM, ZapBrightTM and ZapGlowTM 

Good Things Come in Threes: ZitZapTM, ZapBrightTM and ZapGlowTM 

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ZitZapTM — Healer of Scars, Acne and Broken Hearts Skin

Meet ZitZap™ — the new best friend that makes our signature QuintessentialTM extraction facial so much better. Designed to — well — zap zits, marks and bacteria away, remarkably enhancing skin’s healing after it’s been uncongested (did I just make that up?) to death.

ZapBrightTM — Healer of Pigmentations, Age Spots and Dull Complexions

ZapBright™ zaps melanin, effectively lightening blemishes on the skin. Waste particles are then flushed out of the body and never see daylight again.

ZapGlowTM — Healer of Wrinkles, Lines and Sags

Imagine this: Results so stark yet subtle, a phone camera can’t capture it… but your friends will definitely notice the lines that did a mysterious disappearing act! Designed to reduce fine lines, firm and brighten the skin, ZapGlow™ is an IPL treatment that’s perfect for anti-ageing concerns.

With Good Things Come Bad Things Like Nagging

We love the fast results ZapZapTM brings us and our clients, but as with all things, prevention is better than cure. While some skin problems are truly hereditary (and there’s nothing we can do about genes), we can mitigate/prevent them with these quick skincare tips:

– Use sunscreen so pigmentations don’t appear/appear less
– Stay out of the sun as much as possible, especially if you’re pregnant and prone to pigmentations
– Acne is fixable but just made harder if you keep picking at it

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We’re just a zap away,

Disclaimer: As always, speak with our trusty consultants to determine if the ZapZapTM series is right for you. There’s always something that might be better for what your skin needs.


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It’s so cliched to kickstart something new whenever January and the New Year roll around. This time, we’re reinventing the wheel (okay, exaggerating here). This December, we’re kickstarting 2019 with a brand-new series with WearOhWhere.com — the Origins series. In this series, we uncover people’s stories once more, focusing on their heritage, roots and then their futures. We explore how they look back on their pasts, how they use their histories to inspire their todays and tomorrows, how their origins define who they are and will be.

Here’s Origins defined — the Porcelain way:

Origin
{or·i·gin} /noun/
The point at which something begins its existence

[1] The inception of fresh concepts that push traditional boundaries and create paradigm shifts in beauty and skincare. The birthplace of the trends of tomorrow.
[2] Also a celebration of You – you who came, loved and stayed

These remain the inspiration behind our latest collaboration with WOW. Soon, we’ll be unearthing three ladies’ versions of their backgrounds and how they play an integral part in influencing their futures.

Last week, we launched the new Origins series with Kelly Latimer — TV host, vocal talent, fitness enthusiast, mother of a very beautiful Sienna… but my personal favourite? SAF-enlister.

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Here’s Kelly defined — the Latimer way:

On being British:

“I like tea. I think my frankness is quite British. I’m quite straight to the point and quite curt… if you asked me for my opinion, I will give you my opinion. Everyone says what they think there whether you like it or not, whether you can take it or not. If you are willing to dish it, you’re going to have to be willing to take it as well.”

On being Singaporean:

“I like to feed people! I inherited my mother’s Asian hospitality. If you come to my house, you’ll never be hungry.”

Read our story with Kelly Latimer here.

And if you’re not yet up to date with our #BareWithMe and #DearPauline series, you need to catch up. Pronto.

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Fair 

If you have fair skin, you are likely to be prone to irritation, sensitivity and UV damage. You also show signs of premature aging the earliest. Simply put, wrinkles, pigmentation and skin roughness are common problems you’d spot.

This is why it is important for you to choose skin care products that protects your skin from UV damage. Since sun protection is the key to healthy skin for you, you should use a sunscreen daily, with at least SPF 20. It is also recommended for you to exfoliate your skin regularly to slough off the damaged surface skin and reveal younger and healthier skin.

Medium 

You have more melanin in your skin, giving you natural UV protection, hence premature aging would not be that huge a concern. You may however, be more likely to experience hyperpigmentation. You are also more prone to breakouts and large pores.

Cleansers containing salicylic acid can help to reduce both oil and breakouts. A common mistake is to pile on powder to mattify your face, but we would advice you against it as it may end up clogging your pores. You may want to use blotting papers instead for a quick fix.

Dark 

You are the least prone to UV damage and likely to appear more youthful as compared to your fairer skinned peers. (yay!) However, hyperpigmentation and acne scars can be a problem.

Similar to people with medium skin tone, you should use cleansers that contain salicylic acid once or twice a day. This can help you fight acne problems. It is also recommended for you to introduce spot treatment products into your beauty regimen to prevent unsightly and stubborn acne/pigmentation spots.

 

Now that you know your skin tone characteristics, it would be wise to tweak your skin care regimen according to your skin tone to optimize the results of your products! GOOD LUCK 😀