The most common types of pigmentation include hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation.
Hyperpigmentation, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (hpi), are caused when an excess of melanin is produced in the skin. excess melanin is responsible for the darkened patches that appear on the skin’s surface, creating an uneven skin tone.
Hypopigmentation, is the absence of the required levels of melanin in the skin. this means that instead of darker patches on the skin, you start to see lighter skin blotches.
Skin pigmentation may occur for various reasons and may be related to ageing, sun exposure, hormones and pregnancy. the formation of pigmentation on a cellular, microscopic level is complex and involves a number of processes. treatment of your pigmentation will therefore involve a number of different modalities – and you will require a careful in-clinic consultation to determine the best treatment strategy.
Our prescribed skincare systems can provide medical strength topical agents to deal with hyperpigmentation but for the best results, this will be combined with IPL phototherapy, cryopen, chemical peels and micro-needling in the clinic with regular review.
Melasma, another form of pigmentation, also called ‘chloasma’ and ‘pregnancy mask’, is a common skin condition of adults in which brown or greyish patches of pigmentation (colour) develop, usually on the face. The name comes from melas, the Greek word for black, or cholas, from the word green-ish. It is more common in women, particularly during pregnancy (when up to 50% of women may be affected). Sometimes men may also be affected.
Melasma usually becomes more noticeable in the summer and improves during the winter months. It is not an infection; therefore, it is not contagious, and it is not due to an allergy.
Melasma is notoriously difficult to treat yet with a smart consistent approach we can achieve results.
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