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Hyperpigmentation Treatments at The Cosmetic Skin Clinic
People often refer to hyperpigmentation as pigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is not always regarded as a skin condition. Pigmentation just means that the skin appears darker than it should be. It can occur in small patches or cover the entire area of the body. It’s the instances where hyperpigmented skin stands out markedly against surrounding skin that cause people to become cosmetically concerned about it.
Hyperpigmentation is caused by a variety of different factors, from genetics to sun exposure. In most cases, hyperpigmentation is caused by inflammation of the skin and sun exposure. In both situations, skin produces extra melanin, a natural skin pigment that makes the skin look darker than usual. Melanin is produced by specialised skin cells called melanocytes, which ramp up the production of melanin under certain conditions.
Due to the range of different causes that create hyperpigmentation, it is often classified into 3 different types. Melasma is caused by hormonal changes during pregnancy, whereas sun spots, or ‘liver spots’ are associated with excess sun exposure, and common across the hands and face. Post-inflammatory skin pigmentation is the third type, which is frequently related to cases of acne.
Most people will experience hyperpigmentation as darkened areas of the skin. There may be small, brown spots across different points in the skin, or clusters and swathes of darkened skin across multiple areas of the body. There is no cure for hyperpigmented skin, but there are non-surgical procedures to help reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, sun spots, ageing spots, or skin discolouration.
Getting rid of skin pigmentation, sun spots or ageing spots is possible thanks to a range of advanced treatments that help the skin to naturally renew and repair itself. We will advise you on a bespoke treatment plan at your initial consultation, after conducting a thorough skin assessment to assess your own individual needs. The best results for your sun spots, age spots or liver spots can often be achieved using a combination of methods, such as laser skin resurfacing, micro-needling and chemical peels.
Our award-winning treatments include several innovative techniques, such as INTRAcel™: a skin-tightening and skin-rejuvenating system combining two minimally invasive techniques: micro-needling and RF skin tightening. This technology continues to improve the quality of your skin long after treatment.
Genuine Dermaroller™ therapy is yet another highly advanced – and multi gold award-winning procedure that uses micro-needling to significantly improve the appearance of aged and sun-damaged skin.
IPL Photo Rejuvenation is a light-based treatment that heats up inner skin tissues using pulses of light energy. The body responds by renewing and refreshing internal skin tissues, resulting in the minimisation of sun spots and age spots while improving skin texture and tone.
Chemical Peels are ideal for patients who not only want to improve hyperpigmentation, but who also want to brighten skin radiance. They balance out uneven skin pigmentation using active ingredients, which exfoliate and regenerate the skin’s surface while promoting healthy cell turnover.
Forever Young BBL™ is a laser treatment that targets skin imperfections and signs of ageing. This leading laser resurfacing treatment stimulates healthy skin renewal, reduces hyperpigmentation on the face and firms-up the skin.
Halo™ Hybrid Fractional Laser helps restore your skin’s youthful glow and treats a wide range of skin conditions, including hyperpigmentation. It is the first and only laser to user both ablative and non-ablative wavelengths and it is suitable to use on your face, neck, chest, shoulders and other areas of the body. To find out more take a look at our Halo™ Hybrid Fractional Laser dedicated treatment page.
Hyperpigmentation can also be addressed through the use of topical skincare serums and creams that contain active ingredients. Medical-grade Cosmeceuticals are superior skincare products that contain a range of skin revitalising nutrients to revive damaged skin. They contain much higher concentrations of active ingredients than rival high-street brands, making them ideal for individuals who suffer from moderate to severe cases of skin darkening. We stock leading creams from renowned brands like Obagi Skin and Jan Marini to help minimise hyperpigmentation in a clinically verified way,
It is also really important to use skincare products as a way to prevent hyperpigmented skin in the first place. Did you know that the reasons for visible skin ageing (whether across the face or the body) is caused by sunlight? Or that UVA rays can pass through glass even in overcast weather? In contrast to UVB, you do not get the warning sign of burning with UVA. The most important anti-ageing and anti-hyperpigmentation step you can take is to apply daily, broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30-50 in winter and at least 50 in the summer.
If you are experiencing hyperpigmentation (pigmentation) in the form of sun spots, brown spots, sun damaged skin or ageing spots and you would like to find out more about the treatments available at our clinics in London and Buckinghamshire, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team of experts, today!
*DISCLAIMER Patient experience and results may vary. These are dependent on a number of factors such as lifestyle, age and medical history.