Treatments for Hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation is a condition in which the skin produces more melanin (the pigment which gives skin its colour). This causes some patches of the skin to appear darker than the surrounding areas. This is a common skin condition, affecting people of all skin types. A few types of hyperpigmentation, such as melasma and sun spots, usually affect areas of the skin that face sun exposure (mostly the face, arms and legs). Some other types usually occur after an injury or skin inflammation such as cuts or burns. Extra pigmentation in some areas of the skin is considered harmless but it can sometimes be a sign of an underlying medical condition.
At Cosmetic Medical Clinic and Vein Clinic in St. Albert, we provide safe and effective treatments to reverse skin damage and repair vein damage. We offer personalized Dermalogica® facials, microneedling and microblading procedures.
What Should You Do to Get Rid of Hyperpigmentation?
There are several treatment methods and home product regimes that can be used to reduce and treat hyperpigmentation. You can stop it from becoming more prominent by:
- Avoiding too much exposure to the sun. You should use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more to protect your skin and stop hyperpigmentation from getting darker.
- Avoiding scratching spots, scabs and acne to prevent hyperpigmentation.
- Using topical creams containing azelaic acid, hydroquinone, kojic acid or vitamin C to treat hyperpigmentation and lighten the dark patches of skin.
Although the above precautions may help you decrease your hyperpigmentation to some extent, they may not be all that effective. Therefore, you should opt for professional treatments to help your skin look its best. Here are a few facials you should try:
In this procedure, the microneedled cartridge goes over your entire face and makes tiny punctures in your skin. This sends repair signals to your skin, thereby encouraging cell regeneration. This causes your damaged skin to flake off and be replaced with new and softer skin with even complexion. A topical numbing cream is usually applied before the procedure, but you may still feel pressure when the needle is pressed against your skin.
This is one of the most popular options to correct complexion issues and can be used for all skin tones. The concentrated acids function as skin-resurfacers. They lightly dissolve the top layer of your dead skin to reveal the underlying unblemished skin. Some peels, such as lactic or glycolic, are effective over a period of time. The treatment has to be repeated to maintain the results and overuse can leave you with dry and damaged skin.
This treatment is highly effective as it targets specific areas of hyperpigmentation. Fading creams may be recommended pre and post treatment to avoid the scars regaining their pigmentation.
If you want to learn more about the common types of cosmetic procedures, read our blog.
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