Your skin gets it’s colour from melanin. When these pigment cells (melanocytes) become damaged or unhealthy, melanin production is affected. This can cause hyper pigmentation. Hyper pigmentation is a darkening of the skin, and can visually add up to 12 years to our perceived age.
This uneven skin tone can be a smattering of freckles all over to patches of darker areas and can have many causes, all which require varying skin treatment. The main cause of hyperpigmentation is sun exposure. This is the bodies way of protecting itself, and the easiest to treat.
Products containing Vitamin A, AHA’s and niacinamide as well as Vitamin C and a quality SPF – our first line of defence, work best. In clinic treatments such as peels and IPL will move the pigment fast. Melasma is a hormonal related pigment caused by pregnancy or the birth control pill. Melasma is an irregularly shaped pigment that is often more of a ‘block’ of pigment than a ‘smattering’. This type of pigment is a difficult condition and requires patience to treat. PIH or Post – Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation is often caused by inflammation or injury to the area and is most common in a darker skin type. Treatment is to encourage the damaged skin to turn over using exfoliation products.