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Lauren’s List – 5 Ways To Treat Skin Pigmentation

What’s the best treatment for skin pigmentation? Intense Pulsed Light aka IPL is often perceived as the ‘go-to’ best treatment for pigmentation and rosacea. It can be an incredibly effective treatment, but there are other considerations to treat these conditions effectively and with longevity. Here, I break down all the options to get the best results 

1. Intense Pulsed Light & Laser 

Using heat modalities such as IPL and laser can target specific tissue such as melanin and capillaries and destroys them. These therapies can be extremely effective after just one or two treatments (a course of three is recommended.) Of course, this is a highly desirable result, but it does not answer the cause of the problem.  

IPL treatment for skin pigmentation
IPL treatment yielded impressive results for this happy client.

2. Sunscreen & Antioxidants  

Often these conditions are a combination of genetics and your predisposition to sun damage. The first step is to stop the predominant cause: UV. This is achieved by using effective sunscreens and antioxidants: Vitamin C, E and B are essential for thorough protection.  

3. Active Skincare with Vitamin A 

The next step is to influence existing damage with the use of Vitamin A or Retinoids. This is one of the most profoundly effective tools we have to do this. It will help change the way pigment is distributed into the skin; it will induce collagen and thicken the skin; it will create harmony in the skin by stimulated Glycosaminoglycans, and increase the hydration of your skin. Basically retinoids encourage an all-round healthy composition to the skin. 

skin pigmentation treated by active skincare
This client used skincare only to improve pigmentation on her décolletage.

4. & 5. Peels and/or Dermal Needling 

With some types of pigment, such as dermal (deep) or melasma, the pigment has been encapsulated in the dermis and cannot be targeted with IPL or laser. In fact, the heat from the treatment can exacerbate it. The best results for this type of pigment are the use of Vitamin A peels and/or Dermal Needling. Most people will have a combination of both superficial and dermal pigment, so it may be necessary to do a combination of treatment modalities. This also applies to rosacea: using modalities such as Vitamin A peels and Dermal Needling can address the condition by improving skin health, and IPL can enhance the result by dealing with more stubborn vessels.  

Peels and pigmentation
This client targeted her pigmentation with a series of peels.
This client used home care and had a series of peels and dermal needling.

In essence, there’s more than one way to skin a cat (pardon the expression – I love my new kitty!) but none of it should be approached without the profound benefits of topical nutrition or home care.  

At the Face Place, my team and I pride ourselves on taking a holistic approach, thorough approach that gives you a lifetime of skin benefits.


Your Skin Team Leader Lauren

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Takapuna Car Park

Toka Puia AT Carpark has just opened at 15 Northcroft Street and we recommend this as the closest under cover option. This is Pay by Plate and can be paid at the machine or via the AT Parking app - it's $1.50 per hour.

We also suggest parking on Northcroft Street or Anzac Street using AT Pay & Display.

Anzac Street Carpark offers Pay & Display parking as well as monthly parking leases with casual parking from $1.

Street Parking (Northcroft Street)

First 2 hours – $1 per hour
Hours thereafter – $2 per hour

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Britomart Car Park

Currently this car park is offering 2 hours' free parking with a receipt of $50 or more from a Britomart store (such as The Face Place). We also recommend using the valet parking option at Britomart Car Park.

The Central Valet drop-off point is located on the corner of Gore and Tyler Streets, opposite Takutai Square. Drive in via the entrance on Gore Street, where you’ll be greeted by a friendly valet concierge. Just leave your engine running, take your ticket and off you go. Cars dropped here will be valet parked for you at Britomart Car Park. You can retrieve your car at any time by taking your valet ticket to Britomart Car Park Reception on the corner of Britomart Place and Scene Lane.

Valet parking is $20* for two hours (includes parking charges) $5 each additional half-hour to a daily maximum of $45 (to midnight). You just drop off your car and pick up a ticket, without the hassle of finding a parking space. It is available from 10am-8pm.

If you wish to park longer than two hours, until the end of June 2022 there is also special offer of half-price parking booked through www.mycarpark.co.nz which is available by using the special code on the landing page.

We’re also right beside Britomart Train Station and public transport is 50% off until the end of August 2022.