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 hyperpigmentation and related treatments

At the Milecross Clinic we can advise you on and provide you with hyperpigmentation skincare products and treatments

What is Hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is a condition that occurs when parts of the skin’s pigment becomes darker. 

Hyperpigmentation is more common for people with darker skin. Once it is experienced then it is usually present for life at varying degress. It often manifests itself as dark patches on the skin or freckling and spots.

Treatment is not always the same as there are different types of hyperpigmentation.

The Appearance of Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is seen as the following –

  • freckling
  • age spots
  • melasma
  • post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH)
PIH can happen due to many different types of damage to the skin eg. acne or incorrect use of microdermabrasion, lasers or chemical peels. The trauma causes the release of inflammatory cells that enable melanocytes (pigment cells) to produce more pigment in the skin.
It is most common on the face, arms and hands.

What Causes Hyperpigmentation? 

A number of factors cause hyperpigmentation -

  • UV damage (frecking and age spots)
  • hormonal fluctuations (melasma)
  • skin injury, e.g. acne or laser treatment. 

Many of these causes are manageable, but some are unavoidable.

Melasma, for instance, is common in pregnant women, and is often referred to as “pregnancy mask”.

Hyperpigmentation occurs in patches on the skin when the melanocytes (the cells which produce the melanin pigment) produce too much melanin due to over-activity.

How can you and your skincare help prevent hyperpigmentation?


One of the best ways to avoid hyperpigmentation is to firstly limit exposure to the sun and protect your skin from the sun's harmful UVA and UVB Rays by wearing a hat and the recommended level of broad spectrum sunscreen or SPF (over 30).  Sunscreens are always applied very last in your am routine.

Avoid trauma

Avoid picking at spots or scabs or flaking skin.

Avoiding excessive trauma to the skin especially if you know that you are prone to hyperpigmentation.

This means avoiding treatments like lasers or microdermabrasion.

Pigment creams

However, when hyperpigmentation requires treatment, pigment creams are recommended for treating age spots, dark spots and melasma.

Hyperpigmentation can be superficial (epidermal) and deep (dermal).  Deeper pigmentation like Melasma can be harder to treat and take longer to reverse.

Any pigmentation can usually only be faded not eradicated and ofter it can rebound if treatment creams are stopped.

Pigment creams are active products so they are applied after serums but before moisturisers.

Milecross Hyperpigmentation Treatments used alongside pigment creams

Sunekos Trophic Peels can improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation.

Gentle Microneedling with the infusion of RRS HA whitening serums can improve uneven tone.  Caution is needed with microneedling at the trauma itself can irritate skin and cause temporary hyperpigmentation or if too deep, can drive pigment deeper down where it is harder to treat.

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Pigment Cream Before and After Pictures

Dr Beverley Graham, our Milecross Practitioner has many years personal experience of hyperpigmentation.

These photos show her results from using an Obagi Nu Derm system Pigment Cream.

See how the forehead and cheek patches have faded but not fully disappeared.

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