Pigmentation Facts You Should Know

Hyperpigmentation (‘Pigmentation’), whereby patches of skin become darker in colour than the normal surrounding skin, is an issue many of us have to contend with at some time in our lives.  This occurs when the body produces too much melanin (brown pigment) within the skin.

What causes pigmentation?

Not many people are aware that most of the pigmentation you currently have would have started to form as much as 20 years ago. It’s useful to understand the causes of your pigmentation in order to prevent or manage flare-ups.

Pigmentation may be caused due to: –

  • Years of sun exposure (age, or liver spots). The skin is burnt or damaged by the suns UV rays, triggering extra melanin production causing melasma in an attempt to try and protect the skin.
  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy, menopause, HRT treatment or using birth control pills.
  • An injury to the skin such as cuts, burns, acne, bug bites, even a scratch or repeated friction from persistent rubbing.
  • Medical conditions such as Addison’s disease (an adrenal gland disorder) may increase melanin production.
  • Certain drugs, including antibiotics, antimalarials, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, antipsychotic drugs or chemotherapy drugs may react with melanin while others induce an accumulation of melanin.
  • Blue light from computer screens & TV may cause it to increase after long periods of exposure.
  • Pollution from everyday grit and grime on the skin.
  • Exposure to certain chemicals found in beauty products.

Google ‘How to Get Rid of Pigmentation’ and you will be faced with a list after list of skin lightening or bleaching creams to choose from.  Most of these contain hydroquinone and are guaranteed to harshly bleach your skin to within an inch of its life!

What they don’t tell you is that these creams can also include a variety of severe side effects and cause long-term damage to the skin!

What if you could find a kinder way to treat your pigmentation, together with the confidence that you won’t harm your skin in the process?

Naked Belief has formulated a gentle, yet effective Complexion Balm to deal with everyday pigmentation. Natural ingredients, carrier oils and essential oils are combined to form this one of a kind balm.

Here are some of the wonderful testimonies some of our happy customers have sent us:-

  • My mother and I have been using the Complexion Balm which she purchased a couple of months ago.  The results produced by this product are amazing; my mother’s skin condition has drastically improved. 
  • I have been using the Complexion Balm and I love it.
  • I have spent a lot of money on a countless number of products over the years and nothing seemed to come any closer to helping until I started using your Complexion Balm. 
  • My mother bought your Complexion Balm for her face. Her face is now perfect.  All the marks have gone.  Your product works very well! 
  • I was recently introduced to the Complexion Balm. Really impressed by the product. My skin feels hydrated and fresh… I have tried other products which cost an arm and a leg with not many results. This seems like a good product, good price and most of all-natural…move towards a healthier natural lifestyle. Can’t wait to try other products in the range

Nature has offered us the best ingredients to work with, which we have taken full advantage of: –

Beeswax – forms a barrier between the skin and the environment without clogging pores to creates a hydrating, long-lasting protective barrier against environmental pollutants.  High in vitamin A, which has been found to support cell reconstruction. Hydrates, conditions, soothes and calms the skin. Exfoliates, repairs damage, promotes the skin’s regeneration.  Soothes itchiness and irritation.

Lemon Essential Oil –This is one of the best essential oils to improve skin lightening, as it has two main natural bleachers, citric acid and limonene. Citric acid improves skin peeling and removes the presence of new debris while limonene helps to lighten the skin tone, evening out dark spots and pigmentation.  It also contains strong antioxidant benefits and has also been shown to calm skin.

Peppermint Essential Oil – Peppermint oil has soothing and cooling abilities that freshen the skin. Controls the secretion of excess oil, making it an effective component against acne. Brightens dull skin.

Propolis Wax – Will assist in balancing, healing, and soothing problematic skin. Accelerates the rate of cell growth and decongests pores. Is an antimicrobial, which makes it effective for treating acne. Helps in decongesting pores and promoting the rate of cell growth.

Avocado Oil – Contains a high percentage of Vitamin E, as well as potassium, lecithin, and many other nutrients which can nourish and moisturize your skin. Contains oleic acid which promotes collagen production, helping to grow new skin. Protects your skin from damaging UV rays.

Avocado Wax – Contains Vitamins A, D & E. Is a monosaturated fat comprised mainly of oleic, linoleic and linolenic acids. Omega-9, Omega-6 and Omega-3.  Helps to lock in skin moisture, preventing dryness, making skin smooth and soft. Assists skin to recover from sunburn, age spots, scarring, eczema, psoriasis, rashes, and other skin damage.

Sunflower Oil – Sunflower oil has emollient properties which support the skins ability to retain moisture. Assists with fighting Acne. Contains Vitamin E, an antioxidant that can help protect skin from free radicals, as well as adverse effects of the sun, causing such as premature ageing and wrinkles.


How do I get rid of pigmentation?

Besides the obvious – using Naked Belief Complexion Balm – there are several other steps you should follow to keep those pesky marks at bay: –

  • Wearing sunscreen is a must! The sunscreen should be broad-spectrum, meaning it blocks both UVA as well as UVB rays.
  • Always keep your skin scrupulously clean and moisturized and be aware of what your face and body products contain before applying them.
  • At home exfoliants – Your skin renews itself by shedding upper layers (epidermis) over time. This will depend on the type of pigmentation you have and the severity of it. Bear in mind this will only target the upper layers of skin.

You could also turn to a more aggressive route to treat your pigmentation, but this can be extremely expensive, invasive, and not always guaranteed: –

  • Chemical Exfoliants – These work by penetrating deeper into the skin layers for more severe cases.
  • Laser Treatment – Used for deep/severe pigmentation which is not always treatable by simple exfoliant.

Always bear in mind that these aggressive treatments may cause irritation, inflammation or even burn the skin, further causing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Unfortunately, there is no miracle cure for pigmentation, but with patience and diligence, you CAN get on top of it!

Above all, ALWAYS, ALWAYS remember to keep on applying your sunscreen once you have it under control, to stop it from reoccurring.

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