Hyperpigmentation is a skin concern where the skin develops noticeably darker spots. It can occur in small or large patches – it can also occur all over the face and body. Some of the most common types of hyperpigmentation include melasma, sunspots, and certain types of acne. Hyperpigmentation isn’t necessarily a medical condition, but it can have underlying medical causes. It can also take a toll on your confidence, especially if it’s in a visible area.
At its core, hyperpigmentation is caused by excess melanin. Melanin is the pigment in cells that gives your skin its color – normally, melanocytes are evenly distributed throughout your skin. However, melanocytes can cluster in certain areas, causing moles or sun spots in small amounts or melasma in large amounts. There can be underlying causes of hyperpigmentation like pregnancy hormones, certain medications, medical conditions, or sun exposure.
Fortunately, there are a wide variety of treatments for hyperpigmentation. Our team will help you determine the underlying causes and what treatment options are appropriate. With some hyperpigmentation treatments, there’s a risk of causing more hyperpigmentation, but our knowledgeable team will help you explore your best options.
IPL, or intense pulsed light, is a light-based laser treatment that is the gold standard in treating pigmentation. It works by sending very fast pulses of light energy to the pigmented area. The light waves are adjusted so they are attracted to the pigment in melanocytes. There, they generate gentle heat which damages the cells and causes the body to get rid of them. Eventually, they slough off and leave clear, healthy skin.
Chemical peels are one of the most effective skincare treatments available. They work by brushing a concentrated chemical solution onto the skin. There, the solution exfoliates the skin and causes it to peel, taking the damaged cells with it.
Microneedling helps stimulate collagen production through controlled wounding. It generates tiny channels in the skin which boosts cellular activity and causes the body to create healthy new skin cells. The result is clearer, more even-toned skin.
We offer a wide selection of industry-leading professional skincare products. Our skincare team can help you optimize your at-home regimen to support the results of your in-office treatments with the right active ingredients.
The most important step in your hyperpigmentation treatment is wearing SPF 30+ daily. Exposing your treated skin to sunlight can further damage it and cause even more hyperpigmentation. Additionally, it can be helpful to treat any underlying medical causes of hyperpigmentation for best results. Most patients require a package of treatments, and our team will ensure you understand your unique schedule and when to return for your next session.
At Grace and Grey Spa, we combine state-of-the-art medical procedures with scientifically proven skincare products and treatments so all of our patients look & feel their very best.
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