Last updated on Aug 27th, 2019 at 12:48 pm

Dealing with pigmentation is no joke, and it’s important to know these common pigmentation myths to properly treat the condition…

Pigmentation is up there with one of the top beauty bugbears many of us have to deal with, and whether it’s dark spot or lighter patches you’re having to deal with, dealing with the discolouration of our skin is no joke.

The good news is that there are many treatments out there for pigmentation, the bad news is that there is also a lot of ‘fake news’. We thought we’d help you out and debunk a few common pigmentation myths…

Myth #1: Once you’ve got signs of pigmentation, you can’t get rid of it

While no one hopes to suffer from pigmented areas, the good news is that it is often reversible, or at the very least treatable to some extent. It is extremely important, however, to treat it as soon as possible, as pigmented areas tend to worsen when left to their own devices. Remember to seek advice from an actual professional, as many treatments can further irritate the pigmentation.

Myth #2: Once you get rid of pigmentation, it’s gone for good

On the contrary, many believe that once you’ve got a bout of discolouration under control, you can go back to your old ways. The truth is that those with pigmentation-prone skin – in other words, those who have had it before – are always at risk for pigmentation to show itself if they stop caring for their skin as prescribed. Be sure to get the go-ahead from your skin-care professional before trying any new products, and only stop treatments once you’ve been told to.

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Myth #3: You can simply scrub pigmentation away

A common myth that does the rounds is that you can get rid of your pigmentation by scrubbing your skin with a rough exfoliator and facecloth… the more scrubbing you do, the better chance you have of getting rid of the pigmentation.

Well, this couldn’t be further from the truth and, in actual fact, you’re doing much more harm than good. Scrubbing your skin too much and using a harsh exfoliator actually irritates the skin, causes inflammation and can actually trigger the pigmentation, making discolouration even worse.

Myth #4: Pregnancy pigmentation is here to stay

Pigmentation is a rather common side effect of pregnancy. This is known as melasma and is caused by the hormone changes your body undergoes throughout pregnancy. Melasma can certainly be treated and is best seen to sooner rather than later as, if left, it tends to darken and spread.

The best treatment will come from a skincare professional, as adding any harsh products to your skin during this time could possibly worsen the effect.

Myth #5: Your diet is responsible for any pigmentation

Many believe that pigmentation is caused by eating certain foods, but there is actually no scientific evidence to back this up. Genetics, sun exposure, pollutants and ageing all play a role in the discolouration of the skin, and while there is little you can do about your genetic makeup and the process of ageing, you certainly can protect your skin from the sun.