Hyperpigmentation is a common, usually harmless condition in which patches of skin become darker in color than the normal surrounding skin. This darkening occurs when an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin color, forms deposits in the skin. Hyperpigmentation can affect the skin color of people of any race.
All hyperpigmentation regimens should be designed with two goals in mind:
- Normalize melanin production.
- Reduce existing epidermal pigmentation.
The treatment for pigmentation is based on regulating melanocytes activity to lighten unwanted discolorations, sun protection, and exfoliation to accelerate skin renewal. Superficial chemical peels are extremely effective in treating pigmentation problems.
Make 3 commitments for visibly even skin:
1. Use a daily dark spot serum to help visibly improve dark spots, brighten and even complexion.
2. It's easier to prevent than correct so make sure to wear daily SPF to help prevent further dark spots.
3. Use a weekly Glycolic Acid peel to help visibly even skin tone and prep the skin for other treatments.
Treating hyperpigmentation necessitates a long-term commitment from the patient. While some cases of hyperpigmentation such as post-inflammatory can be corrected fairly quickly, many times hyperpigmentation conditions are chronic and will require ongoing sun protection and melanin suppression. For effective control of hyperpigmentation, products must be used regularly as directed. Once hyperpigmentation is treated, it needs to be maintained for life.