Outdoor jobs, excess pigment and sunscreening!

I am on a skin regimen in which I was prescribed Tazorac. I live in the state of California, and my job demands that I work outside. The sun can be brutal. I am very vigilant about wearing sunscreen (ELTA MD SPF 45)and moisturizer. I need to adhere to this regimen because I am trying to clear hyperpigmentation, acne scars, and even my complexion. Do you have any suggestions? Thank YOu

Please see this section in Skincare products.   There’s more you can do to help with this and ……….please don’t forget that HAT!!

So many people have problems with uneven pigment due to sun damage, melasma, skin irritation and acne, that I’d like to give you the basic products that you need to use to help control and improve pigment problems. Below are the products that are a must. Hydroquinones are their own issue and need to be customized for each person. They may make pigment worse, especially if used for too long or in high concentrations.

When trying new products, always start one at a time about 3-7 days apart, so if you have a problem, you know which product it is!

Products you need:

1) Gentle cleanser (over scrubbing makes pigment worse)
2) A potent antioxidant (they have been shown to decrease pigment over time)
3) Moisturizer if needed (dry skin is more easily irritated which makes pigment worse)
4) Double sunscreen layer with at least 10-20% zinc (no sunscreen blocks UVA perfectly but zinc is the best at it)
5) A hat whenever possible
Evening: 1) Gentle cleanser
2) A plant based skin lightener/brightener or a hydroquinone – 2-4% in the U.S.
3) A gentle Vit A cousin – a retinoid (these help the pigment move out of the skin faster and disperse more evenly) A prescription version is fine also but make sure    you don’t get irritated – it makes pigment problems worse –  you may need to skip this step if you work outside.
4) Moisturizer – Use the moisturizer first if retinoids tend to irritate you.
*Remember that cell growth factors, peptides and other marketed products have not been shown to help with pigment.
Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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