Real Housewives of Cheshire star Rachel Lugo opens up on battle with skin pigmentation

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The Real Housewives of Cheshire ladies are always dressed up to the nines and looking glam, but behind the scenes, star of the show Rachel Lugo has been struggling with skin pigmentation and has had to undergo treatment to correct it.

The 45-year-old mum-of-five took to Instagram to share her battle with skin pigmentation in a lengthy eight minute video, detailing her experiences and the treatments she had to correct her skin.

Sharing a before-and-after picture of her skin after treatment, Rachel explained: "I wanted to come on and explain about my skin pigmentation and how I have finally got rid of it."

The reality star said she didn't know anything about sun spots or melasma, a tan or dark skin discoloration caused by exposure to sunlight, and only found out about it when twin sister Katie Kane came over and she noticed a dark mark in the middle of her forehead.

Just two weeks later, Rachel revealed she got a mark in the exact same spot on her face as her sister Katie, which led to more dark marks appearing.

After trying out various different treatments, including a chemical peel and laser, Rachel turned to friend and co-star Dawn Ward who has her own non surgical clinic, Skulpt.

"One summer when Dawn and I went to Turkey together and she just kept looking at my face and saying, 'I need to get rid of that for you', she explained.

Rachel was finally able to get rid of her skin pigmentation after undergoing a 12 week Obagi medical grade skin care programme at Dawn's Skulpt clinic.

Many fans commented on the video and praised Rachel for being so open and honest and sharing her story.

"Great video. You are very brave to talk about your skin," one Instagram user wrote.

"Amazing transformation wow," another fan wrote, with somebody else commenting: "This is absolutely amazing and I love that you have shared it, looking gorgeous."

In 2018, Rachel's sister Katie appeared on the ITVBe show to speak about her battle with skin cancer and took to Instagram to thank the show for allowing her to document her story.

"I want to say a big thank you to The Real Housewives of Cheshire @officialrhoc for letting me share my experience with skin cancer and for helping me to raise awareness," she wrote.

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