Pigmentation 

Pigmentation is one of the most common complaints from patients.  It can take one of 2 forms.  

 

Hyperpigmentation

When too much pigment is made in the skin creating dark spots or patches

 

Hypopigmentation

Too little pigment is made in the skin causing light patches and even completely white patches

Each type has a range of causes.  

Hyperpigmentation

Treatment options

Common causes of pigmentation are:

  • Hormonal changes including the oral contraceptive and pregnancy

  • Allergic reactions to creams with fragrance 

UV light can trigger skin pigmentation

 

and  

 

worsen existing pigmentation

DID YOU KNOW

Combination therapy is often necessary to treat stubborn pigmentation.

A Sunblock of at least SPF 30 should be included in your skin care routine.

Topical treatment options

Thiospot 

Cyspera 

Hydroquinone

Azaleic acid and kojic acid - containing creams and serums

Chemical peels, such as our Enerpeel or Lightening peel, are excellent options for mild to moderate pigmentation.  

Microdermabrasion is a skin resurfacing procedure which is quick, needle-free and pain-free.  This removes excess dead skin cells, stimulates collagen production in the skin and improves absorption of topical agents.  

Microneedling is one of the latest treatments offered for hyperpigmentation. A pigmentation serum is used to reduce discolouration.

Cosmelan

This patient complained of mild pigmentation especially around the eye area, above the eyebrow and on the cheeks.

 

  

Our management plan included Thiospot cream and regular Glycolic acid peels.  

She has had significant improvement in her pigmentation as well as the overall texture and quality of the skin, which also looks refreshed and youthful. 

View more before and after photographs in our Gallery

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