Treatments for Hyperpigmentation of the Skin
Hyperpigmentation of the skin is a very common problem for many people. Hyperpigmentation is the darkening of the skin caused by increased melanin. There are many reasons why hyperpigmentation occurs from sun damage, inflammation, skin injuries to certain skin disorders. Darker skin types are also more prone to hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation can be diffuse or local and can occur anywhere on the body. There are a number of diseases and conditions associated with hyperpigmentation including Addison’s disease, melasma, celiac disease and many more.
At BC Laser and SkinCare Clinic our treatment options for hyperpigmentation are available to our clients in Vancouver, Surrey, White Rock, Langley, Coquitlam and Delta, from our Surrey Clinic.
We have a special interest in treating melasma as well as hyperpigmentation issues in darker skin types and have developed a number of methods in dealing with clients who suffer from hyperpigmentation. In addition we provide laser treatments to darker skin clients who are more prone to hyperpigmentation and have developed a number of combination treatment specifically for these clients.
For your solutions to hyperpigmentation call 604 580 2464 and book your appointment today.
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Skin Brightening treatments are performed when some has an uneven tone to the skin or dark patches of skin. It is done by lessening the amount of active melanin in the skin. Several skin care products have shown to be effective in skin brightening and combination treatments with lasers are also effective to even out skin tones.
High pigmentation spots such as moles and birthmarks can require the area to be depigmented to match the surrounding skin and in cases of vitiligo, the unaffected skin may be lightened to match the vitiligo spots and give the skin a more even tone. In cases where spot treatment creams are used to lighten the whole face, however how proven to be ineffective. Another area where skin brightening treatments may be used is in the process of genital or anal bleaching where skin creams are used to reduce the dark pigmentation in the genital and perianal areas.
Most skin-lightening treatments, which can reduce or block some amount of melanin production, are aimed at inhibiting tyrosinase. Many treatments use a combination of topical lotions or gels containing melanin-inhibiting ingredients along with a sunscreen, and a prescription retinoid such as tretinoin. Depending on how the skin responds to these treatments, exfoliants — either in the form of topical cosmetic or chemical peels — and lasers may be used. New development using LED systems are also showing good results.
Some skin cosmoceuticals include the use of agents that help to brighten the skin Among these are:
Hydroquinone is a strong inhibitor of melanin production, meaning that it prevents skin from making the substance responsible for skin color. Hydroquinone does not bleach the skin but lightens it, and can only disrupt the synthesis and production of melanin hyperpigmentation. Short term use of hydroquinone is safe but any use of hydroquinone should be supervised by a physician.
Arbutin is an alternative skin lightener that is used in some cosmoceutical preparations.
Other skin brighteners
Other skin brighteners include Kojic acid, Azelaic acid and Vitamin C preparations.
Many of these brighteners are used in chemical peel preparations performed in physician offices under supervision to help brighten the skin .
Both Alpha Hydroxy acid (AHA’s) peels and glycolic peels are used in skin brightening treatments. AHA’s less than 15% in concentration are not thought be effective for skin brightening treatments. Many spa treatments will use low concentrations of AHA’s in their peels.
Alpha hydroxy acid peels (using 50% concentrations or greater) may remove skin discolouration. Only a qualified physician should perform these types of facial peels.
Which treatment is right for you? An in depth assessment with our physician will help to determine which treatment will best for your skin to shine and to achieve the best possible result for your goals.
Skin brightening treatments at BC laser are available for men and women at our office in Surrey, BC. To book your appointment to see what your options for skin brightening are call our office at 604 580 2464.
Note: Procedure results may vary from patient to patient.