In this age of social media, it is easy to mask your true image by applying filters to photos. Having a bad week due to breakouts? Just tap on a “beauty” filter to hide those annoying blemishes and look flawlessly fresh in your profile pic. If only these filters can be applied daily to real life!
Sadly they cannot. And this is true even for celebrities. Here are five celebrities who took to Instagram to celebrate their freckled faces:
- Kesha – American singer, songwriter, and rapper Kesha posted a photo on Instagram in January of 2019 with a resolution to love herself and “let my freckles liiiiiiiive.” Her no-makeup selfie showed brown specks covering almost her entire face.
- Kylie Jenner – Back in 2016, Kylie made a “freckle appreciation post” on one of her Instagram posts, showing off hints of freckles across her nose and cheekbones.
- Kendall Jenner – Vogue magazine and Kendall Jenner caused a stir in 2018 when the model posed with Afro hair. Besides the hair controversy, Kendall look au naturale with her freckles obviously spread on her bare face.
- Tyra Banks – using the hashtag #RawAndReal, supermodel Tyra Banks revealed her struggles with wanting to use filters to hide her dark circles but shrugged off the thought. Faint freckles were also seen on her nose.
- Lucy Liu – Apparently, Charlie’s angels are not exempt from facial flaws. Lucy Liu’s freckles showed through even when her selfie with a baby cheetah posted on Instagram was in greyscale.
Some people learn to love their freckles, while others do not. If you are part of the latter group of people, you might want to learn about the benefits of using certain types of laser for pigmentation. You can get these treatments at aesthetics clinics like One Face.
Dealing with pigmentation
Pigmentation, in general, is not a bad thing. It is, in fact, what gives our skin colour. The trouble comes when the production of pigmentation goes overboard. Excessive production of pigmentation can cause various flaws, altering its even tone and composition at certain regions of the skin. They can be quite unflattering when found on the face.
The following are pigmentation problems that are normally found on the face’s skin:
- Age spots
- Hori’s Naevus
- Pigmentation bumps
- Post-inflammatory Hyperpigmentation
- Solar Lentigo
The factors that can cause these abnormalities are different, but a common reason is unprotected exposure to the sun for long periods of time. If you barely get to experience sunlight and still have pigmentation problems, then these can be your usual suspects:
- Allergic reactions to skincare products
- Family history of pigmentation issues
- Hormonal changes
- Injury to or inflammation in the skin
Down with the pigments
Clear and flawless skin is synonymous to beauty today. No wonder the demand for aesthetic treatments are on a high! Perhaps one of the most popular treatments used for pigmentation problems are laser machines.
Lasers emit highly charged light beams that target the dark pigmentation and break them into tiny, powder-like particles that get absorbed by the body and released as waste.
Differences of lasers for pigmentation
Not all lasers work the same. In Singapore, there are two types of lasers typically used to remove pigmentation:
- Q-Switched Lasers
- Pico Lasers
Basically, the two lasers work the same but differ with the way they release light pulses and shatter pigments. Q-switched lasers emit light beams at nano or one-billionth of a second. On the other hand, Pico lasers emit light beams at a pico or one-trillionth of a second. Q-switched laser successfully breakdown pigments into small portions, while Pico lasers go even further by pulverising these small portions into microparticles.
Aside from being able to clear unwanted pigmentation, lasers are also able to promote collagen production, improving the skin’s elasticity.
Do’s and don’ts when getting laser for pigmentation
Here are some tips of what to do and not to do when getting treatment using laser for pigmentation:
- Do inform your doctor if you have any other cosmetic procedures (e.g. Botox, dermal fillers, etc.) done on the target area prior to your laser treatment to ensure that the procedure can still be carried out without complications.
- Do inform your doctor about medications that you are currently prior to scheduling your laser treatment.
- Do shower or take a bath before coming for your treatment.
- Do shave any excess hair from the target area for treatment.
- Do use sunblocks, at least SPF 30, daily for protection against the sun’s UV rays.
- Do take the medical prescriptions provided by your doctor, if any, following your laser for pigmentation procedure.
- Do not put any lotions, oil, creams, or fragrance on the target area on the day of your laser for pigmentation treatment.
- Do not use any UV tanning products two weeks prior your pigmentation removal procedure.
- Do not use UV tanning beds a month before your pigmentation removal procedure.
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