Look in the mirror. Do you see areas of your face that are a little darker than others? If you see some darker spots, you may be left with a few questions, such as “Where did they come from?” and “When did they happen?” And probably, “How do I get rid of them?” Innovations Medical can help.
What is Hyperpigmentation?
Those dark spots and patches? They’re called hyperpigmentation. There are different types of hyperpigmentation, including age or “sun” spots, melasma, and a kind of hyperpigmentation that develops as a result of inflammation.
Hyperpigmentation happens when some areas of the skin produce more melanin – the pigment that gives skin its color – than surrounding areas.
Hyperpigmentation is a relatively common skin condition and can affect people of all skin types and skin tones.
Where Does Hyperpigmentation Develop?
In most cases, hyperpigmentation develops on the face, but it can occur anywhere that sees regular or prolonged sun exposure, including the neck, arms, tops of the ears, and scalp.
In most cases, hyperpigmentation is harmless, but in some cases, it can be an indication of a more serious health condition, such as lupus.
Can Hyperpigmentation Be Prevented?
You can prevent or slow down hyperpigmentation by wearing sunscreen (use a broad spectrum SPF 30, mineral-based product) and covering up when going out into the sun.
How to Get Rid of Hyperpigmentation
Like we said, in most cases, hyperpigmentation is harmless, but some people want to get rid of it to restore a more youthful appearance.
To prevent hyperpigmentation, or to stop it becoming more prominent:
Use topical creams. Some topical creams target hyperpigmentation by lightening the skin. These products contain ingredients like:
- Azelaic or kojic acid
- Vitamin C
Cosmetic treatments. Some cosmetic procedures can also help lighten the skin and improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation. These cosmetic procedures for hyperpigmentation include:
- Laser therapy. Fraxel Laser Re: Store can help to treat areas of hyperpigmentation and trigger the body to produce new skin cells, improving and evening skin tone.
- Chemical peels. Chemical peels are a great way to help improve skin tone and treat uneven pigmentation. A great peel for uneven pigment, especially melasma, is the VI Peel. Ask us about the VI Peel can help you!
- Microneedling. Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure in which tiny holes are made in the skin. How does that help with pigment problems? These micro wounds induce the body’s healing response – which means new skin cells and a more even appearance.
If you’re living with hyperpigmentation and are ready for a change, give Innovation Medical a call at 214-643-8665 to schedule a consultation today.