Skin lightening is a double -edged word. Fairness has long been a trigger word for advertising consumer personal skin care products. Products ranging from facewashes to night creams etc. Global market is witnessing a surge with growing consciousness among people regarding appearance and skin tone. Lightening is reduction in pigmentation. Brightening is increasing radiance and glow of skin. Skin lightening is used when the method is more gradual and effect is less obvious while Whitening is more aggressive. Historically, the idea of fair skin being better than skin of any other colour is a racial construct. Unfortunately due to British influence, Indians believe fair skin is better.
Patients who walk into an aesthetic clinic looking for fairness treatments are not completely aware of their situation. Glowing and radiant skin is more important than fair skin. Primarily even toned skin always looks good, devoid of pigmentation by tackling tanning or phytomelanosis, melasma, lichen planus, perioral melanosis or periorbital melanosis etc. Internal systemic factors are responsible for good and even skin tone. Lifestyle modifications are very important including proper detox diet, regular exercise, proper hydration and sleep etc. During consultation we counsel the patients, clear all misconceptions, explain the difference between glow and fairness and how to get healthy and even skin tone. We first analyse the skin type which can vary from types 2-5 in Indian subcontinent.
Post procedure instructions are very essential for patients to adhere like photoprotection, usage of proper SPF/Sunscreens and hydrating Moisturisers and following Doctors advice. At DERMASOLUTIONS CLINIC, we incorporate aesthetic procedures like CHEMICAL PEELS, LASER TONING by Q SWITCH LASERS, FRAXEL LASERS, GLUTATHIONE etc depending upon patients skin types, degree of pigmentation and patients aesthetic requirements.