Ok so this one is a long one but one of the primary reasons for the development of JolieMD was a determined focus on achieving healthy, even-toned, acne-free skin which requires less make- up.
Don’t get us wrong, we know that makeup is fun and can be sexy, but we want to allow you to have skin that does not need daily cover up. Unfortunately, for too many women, abnormal or excessive pigmentation- whether it is Brown Spots, Age Spots, Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation, Sun Spots, Post Acne Hyperpigmentation, or Hormonal pigmentation/ Melasma- is a daily source of frustration that literally needs covering up. And, sadly, most of the billions of products out there focus on moisturizing or on a vision of anti- aging as simply plumping up skin temporarily to make it look better.
So why do you have brown spots or mottled skin?
While there are several factors causing melanin (pigment) overproduction, the most notable cause is some form of skin “injury.” This “injury” can be from sun damage, acne, or any one of a number of other possible sources of inflammation. This “injury” causes inflammation that then activates your skin to “protect” itself. After the inflammation response is set off, your skin produces more melanin as protection, and the result is dark spots and mottled pigmentation.
Can you really “bleach” your skin?
Yes and No. Obviously, if you saw the transformation of Michael Jackson, you know that “bleaching” is possible. However, the truth is that skin “bleaching” is a very aggressive treatment that necessitates medications that literally make it impossible for you to produce pigmentation by killing your pigment producing cells. And that is why Michael always needed to be under an umbrella all the time- otherwise he would burn.
Okay, so if you can’t bleach skin, how do you treat hyperpigmentation?
The objective is not to change your skin’s natural color. It is to remove layers and years of damage and uneven pigmentation to help you reclaim the skin you were born with. So you need less or no cover up, allowing you to show off your own natural, beautiful vibrant skin.
Many of you may have tried other solutions such as peels and creams for your excess pigmentation, only to find that it comes back. You’ve learned the hard way that just trying to remove the existing pigment doesn’t work.
Dr. Litner and I created Jolie MD Metamorphosis to create a transformative experience (metamorphosis) through a three-pronged approach:
- 1. Shedding old superficial skin to reduce existing excess pigmentation.
- 2. Decreasing new pigment production and its distribution.
- 3. Reducing the triggers of new pigment production including inflammation and free radical damage.
We address not only the pre-existing discoloration, but also its root cause: the inflammation that leads to excessive pigment production.
I have darker skin prone to dark blemishes- is Metamorphosis safe and effective for me?
It’s a paradox: those of us with darker skin tend to be more prone to reacting excessively to inflammation with post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Yet, for that very reason, these skin types have often been left out in the cold when it comes to dealing with the problem.
Traditional methods- lasers, deeper peels- cause some inflammation themselves and can therefore worsen the situation. The key to improving hyperpigmentation in darker skin is a gentle but effective gradual approach that does not irritate or cause new inflammation. In fact, one of the main reasons we created Metamorphosis is for people like you.
This beautiful young woman was having occasional acne break outs which then resulted in spots on her cheeks and some discoloration. What we see 6 weeks later is beautiful, bright, acne free skin with real improvement in the number and size of the hyperpigmented spots and no new ones.
Again, even with years of sun damage, we can see that 6 weeks later there is real and significant improvement in the sun spots and mottled pigmentation that leads to a healthier, more youthful complexion.