Hyperpigmentation occurs when Melanocytes produce more pigment than required. Pigment is our biological sun protection and is made by melanocytes that are based in the basal layer of our skin.
Hyperpigmentation occurs when these melanocytes are
Over-exposure to the sun by inadequate UV protection is the biggest cause of Hyperpigmentation. Hormonal fluctuations such as Acne or Menopause can also be a factor. In addition, trauma to the skin – such as, a cut of scar – could lead to hyperpigmentation.
Anybody can get Hyperpigmentation at any stage in their life, from early childhood right up to old age. Usually the cause of Hyperpigmentation will differ.
Hyperpigmentation is most common on the face, though can occur anywhere on the body.
Yes! These can include Melasma, Photodamage and Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH).
There are lots of different ways to help improve Hyperpigmentation though it helps to determine the cause first.
You can use these basic steps to help:
At Dr Aesthetica, our skin specialist will be able to help support you. Hyperpigmentation will present as dark patches or spots which do not disappear. They can appear to gradually get darker over time especially when exposed to UV light. They can be irregular in colour, shape and size. A skin specialist will be able to help with this if you are unsure.
There are several things that can be done which include topical and oral medications. Though, some patients may choose not to have medical intervention with Hyperpigmentation. This is where Skin Peels, Microneedling and strategic homecare can really help.
There is very little downtime with Skin Peels and Microneedling, though this will be discussed with you. An aftercare kit is given post treatment which is to be used as instructed.
Depending on the severity and type of pigmentation (for example brown spots, discolouration and uneven skin tone) it can be treated with Microneedling, skin peels and/or homecare.
Hyperpigmentation can also include photo damage, melasma and post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH)
Pigmentation is a natural colour of a person’s skin and it is related to melanin production.