All You Need to Know About Hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation is a condition that causes skin discoloration in multiple areas of the body, including the face. This can affect people regardless of their skin color and age.
If you or a loved one have hyperpigmentation, you may be curious about the treatments available and how they create a more even skin tone. We’ll cover both points In this guide, as well as other essential details on hyperpigmentation.
What is Hyperpigmentation?
Hyperpigmentation causes skin to look darker in certain areas than in others. This may manifest in small, isolated zones or bigger areas — even covering the whole body. Hyperpigmentation isn’t dangerous, but could be a symptom of an underlying condition that requires medical attention.
People can be affected by different types of hyperpigmentation. Liver spots (also known as sunspots) are caused by an excessive amount of exposure to direct sunlight, particularly in areas touched by UV radiation frequently (such as the face, hands, and back). This is fairly common in individuals who work outside for long stretches, especially without suitable clothing or sunscreen.
Melasma is a form of hyperpigmentation most commonly associated with pregnant women, due to their fluctuating hormones. Their melasma may clear up after they give birth, though they could still require treatment much later.
Why Do I Have Hyperpigmentation?
Hyperpigmentation is due to excessively high levels of melanin in the body: this is the pigment that determines the color of your skin. Sunlight can increase melanin production, as the body tries to darken the skin to protect itself against sun exposure. Skin inflammation can also lead to a boost in pigment production, as a result of a condition like eczema or acne. This is most common in those with darker skin.
Specific medications, including antimalarial or topical treatments, can contribute to hyperpigmentation too. However, this may make discolored patches appear gray rather than brown.
Addison’s disease, which affects the adrenal glands, is another potential reason for your hyperpigmentation. Discoloration may occur on the elbows, toes, lips, and knuckles. Other signs of Addison’s disease are nausea, fatigue, and dizziness. Acne, inflammation, or skin injuries can also lead to hyperpigmentation.
How Can I Treat My Hyperpigmentation?
Astra Medicare offers multiple treatments for hyperpigmentation, including:
The Perfect Derma Peel
The Perfect Derma Peel can improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation and melasma. Your skin tone should look more evenly balanced and brighter after the recommended number of treatments. The Perfect Derma Peel will also target:
As a result, your skin will appear smoother and younger. However, the Perfect Derma Peel also encourages stronger production of elastin and collagen. This will leave your skin firmer, clearer, and with a stronger texture.
Your skin may feel a little sensitive during the peeling process, but that should fade once the treatment is over. It’s crucial that you avoid direct sunlight, or at least minimize your exposure, for a specific period after Perfect Derma Peel sessions.
The specialist performing your peel will provide you with advice to encourage proper healing. You may undergo a follow-up Perfect Derma Peel session after around three or four weeks.
Clear + Brilliant
Clear + Brilliant is an increasingly popular laser treatment for patients with hyperpigmentation. A licensed skin care professional will administer the Clear + brilliant treatment by guiding a handheld laser device over the skin. This can reduce the appearance of common signs of aging and promote healthier, brighter skin with a more even tone. Hyperpigmentation should fade after the recommended number of sessions.
Glutathione IV Treatment
Injecting vital nutrients into the bloodstream directly, rather than by taking food or oral supplements, enables them to bypass the digestive process. As a result, the body will absorb more of their goodness than it would otherwise.
Glutathione is a natural antioxidant that inhibits production of melanin, the substance that creates the skin’s pigmentation. Our Glutathione IV treatment will leave skin lighter and make hyperpigmentation less visible, so your skin tone will be more balanced. It also improves the appearance of blemishes, freckles, and liver spots.
Brightening Radiance Facial
The Brightening Radiance Facial improves skin texture and health to leave it with a noticeable glow. This treatment incorporates a specialized cleansing system and carefully chosen ingredients suited to each skin type. You’ll also receive a gentle massage with quartz stones to tackle puffiness. If necessary, we’ll perform extractions to leave your skin looking even healthier.
What Else Can I Do to Treat My Hyperpigmentation?
Take Care When in Sunlight
One of the most important steps you can take when trying to improve the appearance of your skin is to be aware of sun exposure. Follow the below tips to protect yourself against sun-related hyperpigmentation:
Speak to Your Doctor
If you’re concerned about your hyperpigmentation, consider speaking to your doctor. They may be able to offer recommendations you haven’t thought of yet and put your mind at ease. Your doctor could switch you to a new medication if the one currently prescribed is responsible for your hyperpigmentation.
How Can You Find Out More About Effective Hyperpigmentation Treatments?
Hyperpigmentation can change the appearance of your skin and cause discoloration in multiple areas. This is most noticeable on the face, but could manifest across the entire body in extreme cases.
Astra Medicare’s team can provide you with multiple treatments for your hyperpigmentation, whether you want to feel pampered with a gentle facial or try a powerful peel. Schedule your free consultation with Astra Medicare today!
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