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.
Hyperpigmentation is seen as the following –
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 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.
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.
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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.