Win against spots with The Sloane Clinic's Divine Whitening Program


“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of us all?”

From tales as old as time, fairness has been coveted and use as a measure for beauty. From Cleopatra famous beauty bath of milk and honey to the nightingale’s poop favored by Japanese geishas; women then and now will go more than an extra mile to bring their skin tone just that notch lower. It is a classic definition of beauty that transcends time and unlike any fashion trend, a great fair complexion will never go out of style. Gone are the days where women roast themselves to an unnatural golden brown as we all know better now. Tanning in the long run with excessive ultraviolet or UV exposure will bring forth the repercussions of wrinkles, pigmentation, premature aging and worse; increased risk of skin cancer.

Previously I spoke about my concerns on hyperpigmentation here. I don't know if you still remember but this image scared the hell out of me.


Sometimes we need to see to believe. I remember understanding on an intellectual level, from a young age, that the sun is bad for my skin, but I didn't really get it on a visceral level until I saw this picture. It may seem that my skin is relatively clear, but there is a lot of hidden sun damage creeping underneath. Pigmentation problems in the skin take some time to surface: and these are often not immediately visible to the naked eye.

What causes skin pigmentation?

Excess skin pigmentation or hyperpigmentation is usually caused by an overwhelmed melanin-protective system. This leads to excess production and clumping of melanin, and the appearance of brown or darker spots of pigmentation in the skin. 

Common causes of skin pigmentation problems are:
  • Excessive UV or sun exposure. Especially in an area of high UV levels like Singapore, or with frequent outdoor activities due to occupation requirements or lifestyle (most common).
  • Hormonal changes. As seen in melasma, a type of pigmentation that is often triggered by pregnancy or the Pill (common).
  • Trauma to the skin. This can be a result of physical injury to the skin (eg. burns and cuts), acne, insect bites, or overly harsh treatments (eg. aggressive extractions). This is known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (common).
  • Birthmarks and other acquired pigmentation. Abnormal pigmentation can be present at birth (birthmarks), or appear in childhood and adulthood. Examples include – congenital melanocytic naevus, cafe au lait spots, spilus naevus, hori's macules, and naevus of ota. (common)
  • Some drugs and medical conditions, such as liver diseases and haemochromatosis (much less common)

Besides the usual religious sun protection and brightening skincare products which are your first line of defence against new melanin production and spot formation, speedy solutions lie in the latest high-tech peel and lasers to treat existing pesky pigmentation. 

The Sloane Clinic 's Divine Whitening Program takes an alternative approach with Pigment Laser to neutralize excess pigment for a fair, flawless translucency many Asian ladies dream of. It combines the legendary Pigment Laser and Vitamin Therapy to gently yet effectively target pigmentation, brighten overall skin tone and boost collagen replenishment without imposing any downtime. Due to its gentle nature, even sensitive skin types will benefit from this complexion-corrector as it polishes away pigmentation, fights fine lines and erases signs of fatigue for an effortless clarity.


My treatment journey from Day 1 - Day 9. 
Step 1: Pigment Laser: A numbing cream was applied on my skin prior to the laser treatment. The Pigment Laser felt like a gentle "warm prickling" sensation on the skin and was completely bearable. I was told that there will be mild flushing of the treated areas which usually resolves after a few hours. For more resistant pigmentation, the localized redness will be more obvious and may last for a few days due to intensive spot treatments. Lasers work on pigmentation because the laser energy produces a specific wavelength which is absorbed by the brown spot (pigmentation) with abnormal concentrations of melanin. As the pigmentation absorbs more laser energy, the brown spot will reach a point where it cannot absorb any more light and will “self destruct”, reducing the concentration of melanin in that area. The end result? Pigmentation is totally removed or the pigmented spot becomes lighter. 

Depending on the extent of your pigmentation and the treatment level of your sessions, you may need anywhere from 2 to 6 sessions. The treatment may be repeated every 1 to 4 weeks, depending on the type, extent and severity of your pigmentation. You should speak with your doctor to discuss your tolerance for downtime, and they will adjust your treatment level accordingly.

Step 2: Vitamin Therapy: My treatment ended with a relaxing deep permeation of pure vitamins into my skin. These natural antioxidants fight free radical damage, heal cellular damage and stimulate collagen production as well as lighten discolouration of skin. A mask was then applied after to soothe, hydrate and brighten my skin. 

My skin was clearly brighter after one session. After a couple of days, the pigments slowly dried up and fall out from my skin revealing a spotless complexion YAY! Before you jump to conclusions that the pigment laser can guarantee a spotless complexion forever, a word of advice - never be complacent. It goes without saying, but I'll state it anyway: Daily application of SPF will help shield skin from UV light to control melanin production on a cellular level. It can even help lessen the appearance of hyperpigmentation triggered by hormone fluctuations (such as melasma) or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (scarring). Adding in an antioxidant or vitamin C serum doesn't hurt either. Studies suggest adding antioxidants to your daily regime will complete your defense against skin-wrecking infrared radiation, pollution and free radicals, too. 

It is very important to get the correct diagnosis before deciding on the best treatment option. When choosing creams and other skin lightening modalities, always consult a reliable doctor to make sure what you are doing is not only effective, but safe and not affecting your health in any adverse way.




1 comments:

  1. I've heard people say that laser can make the skin thinner and more sensitive. Is it true?

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