what causes hyperpigmentation

What Causes Hyperpigmentation

Nikki Butler

Nikki Butler

What causes hyperpigmentation?

Have you been wondering what causes hyperpigmentation? 

Hyperpigmentation is a very common skin concern and becomes more of an issue as we mature.  Being in my mid-40’s, this is something I have become very aware of.

Hyperpigmentation is the term given to the area’s of dark pigmentation which form on our skin, as a result of over stimulation of melanin in our skin.

The most common causes of hyperpigmentation are sun damage (which is why they are often referred to as ‘sun spots’, hormonal changes, age and skin injury.   Many of us will develop hyperpigmentation as we mature, which is why it’s one of the most common skin concerns that people seek treatment for. 

Treatments for Hyperpigmentation.

In order to treat hyperpigmentation, we need to take a two pronged approached.  Firstly, laser treatment is very effective at treating the areas that you already have. Secondly, we need to address the causes of hyperpigmentation, which involves looking at ways to prevent further damage arising. 

In order to treat your hyperpigmentation, I use the Lynton 3 Juve laser system. The 3Juve is a specialist skincare laser system that targets nearly all common skin concern, and works exceptionally well on hyperpigmentation.  If you’d like to read more about it, you can click HERE.

Precisely controlled short pulses of light are released that target the hyperpigmentation (dark spots)  to create a more youthful, even complexion. In addition, this light results in the stimulation of the fibroblast cells, leading to increased production of new collagen and elastin. This improves the texture of the skin, evening out lumps and bumps whilst reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.  

The IPL laser pulses through the skin’s surface and targets the underlying tissue in the target area. The laser causes the pigment to break down into smaller particles, before rising up to the surface of the skin, where it will flake away as part of the body’s natural healing process. 

You will notice that the hyperpigmentation areas appear darker for 7-10 days after treatment, whilst your body is healing the area. So please don’t worry about this! You body needs to work it’s magic after you’ve been treated. 

Are Hyperpigmentation results permanent?

Yes, the results achieved with the laser  are permanent. 

Whilst the laser treatment does provide permanent results, it won’t prevent further damage from occurring.  

As part of your treatment program, we will also discuss how you can reduce further hyperpigmentation / sun spots developing in future.

How do you address the causes of Hyperpigmentation?

This is where we look at a long term plan for you, in order to minimise further damage in the future.  We will discuss your skincare routine, lifestyle and health and identify simple changes that you can make, to minimise further patches developing. 

What happens after my hyperpigmentation treatment?

The area will appear darker for the first 7-10 days, which is entirely normal. As the treated area heals, the pigmentation rises to the surface and leave the skin as part of the healing process. You may experience some minor flaking in the area, as it heals. 

You will need to have a course of treatment. Once this is complete, you’ll notice an improvement in the area over the following 3-4 months. 

How many sessions will I need and how much will it cost?

The number of sessions varies, but typically you’ll need 3 -4 sessions spaced approximately 4 weeks apart.   The cost of each treatment will depend on the size of the area to be treated. Prices start at £75.00 for a single small area.

You’ll need to book a consultation, as a patch test is required. 

Hyperpigmentation and sun exposure

It’s important that you use products that repair and strengthen your skins natural barrier defence, this will ensure your skin is in optimum health. I always recommend using SPF minimum 30 on your face all year round, this will go a long way to preventing further damage. The sun is responsible for 90% of our ageing skin conditions, so an SPF really is your best anti ageing product! 

Are you ready to take the next steps?


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