Causes of hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is a very common skin condition that makes particular patches of your skin darker than the rest of your skin tone. It’s when your skin produces excess melanin. ‘Hyper’ means more and ‘pigment’ stands for the colour. These coloured patches and spots can come through in a variety of colours such as;

  • Brown
  • Grey
  • Black
  • Brown
  • Red
  • Black
  • Pink

You may also hear these hyperpigmentation patches referred to as liver spots, sun spots or age spots.

Triggers of hyperpigmentation vary and can include;

  • Trauma to the skin
  • Sun exposure
  • Skin damage
  • Hormonal changes

Over-the-counter skincare products can also contribute to triggering hyperpigmentation, so be sure to do your research before testing lots of products on the skin.

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Treatments for hyperpigmentation

Our first recommended treatment for hyperpigmentation is a chemical peel. Chemical peels use acids at a higher concentration than the ones you can buy over the counter, to treat skin conditions such as hyperpigmentation. They work to remove the top layer of your skin in a gentle manner to properly exfoliate and to give your skin a deep and intensive treatment, to the layers of skin that traditional skincare methods and products cannot reach. 

One thing to note is that your skin may be more sensitive to chemical peels if you have had recent or regular sun exposure, so be sure to make your clinician aware of this in advance of your treatment. 

CPL is also an extremely effective treatment for hyperpigmentation. A wavelength is pulsed into the skin using our state-of-the-art machine to target the treated area. This treatment method is completely non-invasive and targets only the affected areas. An important thing to note about CPL is that it may take a few sessions to achieve the results that you are after.

Finally, microneedling can also help with treating hyperpigmentation. It’s a procedure that typically takes around 30-40 minutes, and involves causing miro-abrasions on the skin to trigger your body’s automatic healing system. This triggers your body’s collagen production, and will also cause your body to regenerate the skin cells causing your hyperpigmentation. Microneedling may also require a few sessions to achieve the results that you’re wanting.

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