If you have tried all different types of hyperpigmentation treatments but still frustrated, know that you aren’t alone.
Hyperpigmentation is a medical term and is used to describe darker patches on skin. These patches result from excess melanin production, caused by everything from acne scars and sun damage to hormone fluctuations. Asian skin tends to have more melanin than other nations and as a result more prone to skin discolouration.
Types of Hyperpigmentation
There are 3 different types of hyperpigmentation.
- Age spots
- Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
It is a patchy hyperpigmentation on face and presents as irregular brown patches on the cheeks, forehead, bridge of nose, upper lip, and chin. It occurs usually during pregnancy and after oral contraceptive use. Moreover it becomes worse by over sun exposure and Iron Deficiency Anaemia.
Sun spots or liver spots and age spots have all same appearance. These spots emerge as the result of too much sun exposure. You will usually see age spots on areas of skin that are most exposed to sunlight, including the arms, legs, and face.
This type of hyperpigmentation is usually the result of some kind of injury or inflammation of the skin. Acne, cuts, burns, and even lupus can trigger post-inflammatory skin hyperpigmentation. Aggressive aesthetic procedures like Lasers and chemical peels can also result in Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
HOW TO GET RID OF HYPERPIGMENTATION
The good news is that there are quite a few options that work to decrease melanin production and get rid of hyperpigmentation.
The first option to even out your skin can be to use an over-the-counter lightening product. When considering this purchase, be sure to choose a product that doesn’t contain a steroid. This is nearly impossible as many over the counter products have hidden the ingredients in them. This makes it extremely difficult for a common person to decide. If over-the-counter creams are not doing the trick, consider reaching out to your dermatologist for a dermatology medication. Prescription-strength hydroquinone is a commonly used product as it works to slow the production of pigmentation and fade dark spots. Be sure to follow your doctor’s orders with hydroquinone because overuse of it can result in increased sun sensitivity or even worsening the pigmentation.
The second step to take in healing hyperpigmentation is to avoid picking, touching, and pulling at your skin. Picking at your skin will only damage and inflame the discoloured patch even more.
Sometimes, topical creams might not work as well or as quickly as expected. In this case, turning to dermatological procedures will work as the fastest way to get rid of hyperpigmentation. Chemical peels, laser therapy, microdermabrasion, or dermabrasion are all good options that work similarly to rid skin of hyperpigmentation. These procedures work to gently remove the top layer of your skin where the dark spots lie. After recovery, dark spots are lightened, and you will see a more even skin tone.
Lastly, and most importantly, you must protect your skin from further damage. Using sunscreen with SPF 50 daily every 3 hours is the best way to avoid any type of sun damage or worsening of dark spots. For Home remedies for Hyperpigmentation treatment read https://www.rechercheskincare.com/blog/age-spots
A unique treatment plan has been designed at Aestheticare for all types of hyperpigmentation issues. This has proven to treat all types of stubborn hyperpigmentation issues.
STEPS OF HYPERPIGMENTATION TREATMENT AT AESTHETICARE
- MELANIN CONTROL SYSTEM
A specialised peeling system called Melanin Control System treatment is used initially to peel and remove pigmentation from outer layers of skin. After one week, the post peel home care cream has to be started at night. This treatment acts on melanocytes (Melanin or pigment producing cells), stopping their growth. This reduces the amount of melanin or the pigment production. Thus clearing brown patches called Melasma or any other hyperpigmentation
- SPECTRA LASER FOR PIGMENTATION
Secondly we start Q switched Laser called Spectra Laser sessions on monthly basis. This Laser penetrates to the deeper layers of skin, breaking down deeper melanin particles. Thus both superficial and deep layers of skin are targeted for long lasting results.
- ULTRASONIC NO NEEDLE MESOTHERAPY
For maintenance of even skin tone, an extremely effective, low cost and pain free procedure to infuse lightening agents under the skin with the help of ultrasonic machine. It will ensure that melanin production is kept supressed,
HOME CARE PRODUCTS
Some medications have clinically proven to work for melanin suppression and we prescribe these for long term maintenance of hyperpigmentation. These include
- Vitamin C in both oral and topical form. It both brightens and firms the skin—while also helping to prevent dark spots or sunspots from forming in the future.
- Kojic acid. This acid inhibits and prevents the formation of tyrosine, decreasing melanin production, effectively lightening dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
- Arbutin is a naturally occurring derivative of hydroquinone and is one of the best alternatives to hydroquinone, as it provides the skin-lightening effect of hydroquinone without some of the risks.
- Lactic acid. Naturally derived from milk but also produced naturally by your body, lactic acid gently loosens the bonds between epidermal cells to exfoliate skin’s surface.
Hyperpigmentation problem can be very difficult to treat but Patience is key with any treatment option. Your dermatologist can help you identify the cause of your hyperpigmentation and work with you to develop an appropriate treatment plan. No matter what treatment you ultimately choose, it’s important to protect your skin from further sun damage and hyperpigmentation. Wearing sunscreen every day is a must with SPF 50 or higher.
If you are interested in meeting our most experienced & senior consultants to discuss solutions to hyperpigmentation, we invite you to schedule a consultation and evaluation. Please call us at 03008488315/03008488314 today or book online at https://aestheticareclinic.com/skin-specialist-lahore/