In this blog post we will explore how hyperpigmentation and other skin conditions can potentially affect picking your lace tint shade. Skin conditions are very common, not everyone has perfect skin. However, there is a solution to every problem. We will explore how to pick your lace tint shade with this in mind.
What is hyperpigmentation?
Determining the right products to use with someone who suffers with hyper pigmentation can be a challenge. Hyper pigmentation is caused by the production of the excess brown pigment called melanin in the skin. It is produced in deposits, and can be found more commonly under the eyes, on the forehead, and cheeks. These deposits lead to the gradual darkening of the skin. In order to treat hyper-pigmentation, dermatologists usually prescribe hydroquinone-based products which can usually be retrieved over the counter. In more severe cases, some creams may be provided under prescription, containing cortisone and tretinoin.
What Can Cause Hyperpigmentation?
It is important to know this when applying adhesives for lace wigs and other products, to make sure that it does not irritate the skin further. Hyper- pigmentation is a common issue amongst all skin tones, ages and sex. People who suffer from this typically should use sun protection in their routine, as exposure to the sun can darken the affected areas more. The common causes of hyperpigmentation are usually due to the following:
1- Sun damage (Sunspots): Sun damage occurs when one is exposed to high volumes of sunlight. Even though this is more uncommon for darker skin tones, damage can still occur.
You have heard it before, and we will reiterate it. Regardless of your skin tone a good SPF protection should be a staple in your skin care routine. As a lace specialist it is great to also advise your customers on topics such as these, after all you are impacting a technique that directly affects their skin.
2- Hormones (Melasma): Puberty, pregnancy, hormonal acne and medications all have an effect on hormones, and any one of these can trigger direct effects on our skin. If you are someone who falls into this category, or you have a client who does if you're a stylist, make sure that you are always assessing their skin tone at each and every hair appointment as this can fluctuate a lot. Again, as stylists and individuals, be mindful of this.
3- Skin damage such as blemishes and scarring (Post-Inflammatory): This type of hyper-pigmentation may be temporary, and can be one of the most sensitive. Please bear this in mind when working with skin types like this. Always patch test those who seem to have sensitive skin.
4- Aging: Whether we like it or not this also has a direct effect on our skin, and with this hyperpigmentation can occur
Other skin conditions Dry skin, scars, skin treatments and much more can have an effect on a person's overall skin tone.
How does Hyperpigmentation affect choosing your lace tint shade?
It matters because you have to assess the base skin tone, especially if you are finding it difficult to confirm the skin's true tone and if the cases are extreme. Check out our blog post on how to identify your skin tone.
Follow these steps to help you correctly shade match.
1- Compare the skin tone to the makeup shade you wear as a starting point. This will allow you to see exactly what you are trying to match the tint to.
2- Examine the scalp shade in an instance where you do not happen to wear makeup, or in addition to their other steps. This can be an excellent guide too.
3-Makeup or no makeup? By applying the knowledge behind it we can use this to customize shades further. If you have dark areas around the hairline, but you want the lace tint to match your overall face, you will need to figure out one of two important things; will you wear your units more with or without makeup? If the answer is with, you need to shade to match your makeup shade. If you plan to wear it without, it is best to match the skin shade where the lace will be.
We hope this blog post helps with shade matching different skin types. Remember, here at The Wig Gurus, we are here to enhance your natural beauty.
Until Next Time x