Sun Damage, Brown Spots, Pigmentation
Hyperpigmentation literally means “more color” and it is a common concern we hear from patients because hyperpigmentation can affect anyone. The discoloration isn’t dangerous, but when it results in a blotchy facial complexion, it’s easy to feel self-conscious. Specialized treatment can diminish dark spots to give your skin a more uniform appearance. But what causes hyperpigmentation?
We often refer to these dark spots or patches as freckles, age spots, sun spots or liver spots. They are caused by an excess of melanin produced by unhealthy or damaged skin cells. Areas of hyperpigmentation can show up almost anywhere on the body. Melasma, a specific type of hyperpigmentation, appears only on the face.
Sun damage is a common cause of hyperpigmentation, but an over-abundance of melanin can also be due to genetics, hormone changes, certain medical conditions or medications, or even specific vitamin deficiencies.
Regardless of the cause, there are multiple ways to effectively treat hyperpigmentation to restore more facial uniform skin tone.
Your aesthetician will help you devise an at-home skin care regimen to help minimize and prevent hyperpigmentation. However, there are additional steps you can take such as:
- Always wearing broad spectrum (UVA + UVB) sunscreen that is at least 30 SPF (or using a sun blocker such as zinc oxide)
- Reducing time in the sun
- Wearing a hat and protective clothing when outdoors
You don’t have to live with blotchy facial skin. To learn more about which treatment options would be most effective for you, schedule a personal consultation with one of our highly-skilled medical aestheticians.
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