And we’re back with the second part (of three), of this not-so pleasant skin condition we call hyperpigmentation. Did you read the first part? If not, please go to the September issue of Skin Inc. to read the article. It’s important that we all have a solid foundation here before moving into treatments. Can you answer the following four questions without researching?
- What is hyperpigmentation?
- How many types of hyperpigmenation are there?
- What are the different types?
- What are the identifiers?
If so, congrats, you made it to the next level.
Now, we’ll talk about the how of fixing hyperpigmentation for your clients (and yourself). Remember, retaining your clients and giving the best results is based on your education first, educating your clients and following up with treatments at home and in the studio/spa/salon. I also want you to know that no matter what your budget is and how big or small, fancy or plain your work space is, you can create a lucrative, long lasting business correcting these issues.
Although there are many ways to address hyperpigmentation, there are three that I will suggest you start with: chemical peeling, manual exfoliation and at-home regimen. Becoming an expert in these three leads you to the promise land. So let’s take a look at each area broken down.
Chemical Peels: Sun Damage, PIH, Melasma
There are stories of the beautiful seductress, Cleopatra, bathing in milk (lactic acid). There are many benefits to using what we call superficial peels. Non-invasive procedures have dominated in recent years, and peels are a top requested service of those. These are mostly made of alpha hydroxy (glycolic, lactic and other fruit acids) and beta-hydroxy (salicylic acid) acids. These types of peels are great for addressing hyperpigmentation and also for maintenance, as a lot of them are on the light-peeling side and require no downtime. This makes for great results that your client can see and feel immediately, and they don’t have to worry about side effects or irritation. Peeling results can be seen between the treatment and day three. They also make for a great $25-50 add-on to a maintenance, deep cleansing or classic facial.
Rebekah Star has been a skin care and wellness expert for over 20 years. After becoming a liscensed esthetician, she opened her own brow studio in Portland. She later became lead esthetician for a skin care company before opening her own skin care space in New York City, Rebekah Rich Brow & Beauty Corp.