by Beth Morrell on May 12, 2016
Time to discuss Hyperpigmentation. What is it? Where did it come from? And how can you get rid of it?
Hyperpigmentation is the skin’s way of protecting itself. Melanin is what makes up the pigment in our skin and protects it against damage. When certain triggers occur such as the sun, changes in hormones, medications, injuries and acne, our skin produces excess melanin/pigmentation as a protection. Ideally it fades but for some of us it doesn’t. It usually shows up as brown spots or age spots and some times red splotches on your skin.
You can treat hyperpigmentation through skin care and laser treatments. Look for ingredients in your skin care products like:
1.) Lactic Acid- Lightens naturally while also improving texture.
2.) Kojic Acid- Inhibits melanin synthesis while also brightening. This is great if you want a pretty glow to your skin.
3.) Hydroquinone- Targets hyperpigmentation while causing some initial light flaking but can be very effective.
4.) Azelaic Acid- Yeast and grain derived, this antioxidant and anti-inflammatory is great for acne related hyperpigmentation.
5.) SPF will prevent hyperpigmentation from the sun and keep existing hyperpigmentation from getting worse. (*Note: Some hyperpigmentation caused my melasma may be "active" and can be made worse from the sun AND the heat. So consult with your dermatologist to know whether your melasma is active or inactive.)
Photofacials or photorejuvenation, also known as IPL or Intense Pulse Light, are laser treatments offered at Elan that treat sun damage, age spots, and wrinkles. This laser only targets hyperpigmentation. The spots may become darker temporarily before flaking away. 1-3 treatments is typical depending on how dark the areas are.
So there we are! That’s the What, When, and How of hyperpigmentation. All there is to do now, is call in today and get your appointment to send those age spots packing! Keep the fun in the sun and the polka dots on your suit, not on your skin!