Even skin pigmentation is something everyone wants. However, the added challenge of hiding skin conditions like hyperpigmentation can ruin your plans for the perfect look.
Covering dark patches of skin is possible with makeup products like concealer. However, this coverage is temporary and many people wonder how they can have long-lasting, beautiful, and evenly toned skin.
What is Hyperpigmentation?
Hyperpigmentation, also known as age spots or sun spots, occurs when an area of your skin turns darker than its surrounding area. According to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, this condition affects every skin colour, and is a result of excess melanin deposits in the skin.
Who does hyperpigmentation affect?
Hyperpigmentation can affect anyone since this skin condition does not target a specific age or race. However, those who spend more time in the sun have a higher chance of developing darker skin patches.
Hyperpigmentation has a tendency to appear after you’ve spent time in the sun.
The Mayo Clinic explains that the production of melanin, which is the pigment that gives colour to human skin, eyes, and hair, is elevated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. They also note that those who use commercial tanning beds or lamps are also at risk of developing hyperpigmentation.
How can you prevent hyperpigmentation?
Hyperpigmentation can be avoided by staying out of the sun during peak hours. When the sun’s rays are at their strongest it’s best to cover sensitive body parts with clothing to avoid damage. Areas like your shoulders and your face will benefit from being in the shade.
Here are some ways to help lessen its appearance.
Which skin treatments are best for hyperpigmentation?
- BroadBand Light (BBL) Photorejuvenation
One of the best options to combat hyperpigmentation is with the help of BroadBand Light (BBL) technology.
BBL’s photorejuvenation treatment (also known as a photofacial) corrects imperfections with pulses of light that penetrate deep into the skin. The procedure is gentle, non-invasive, and most clients begin to see results in as little as two to four sessions.
Each pulse of light causes the area under the skin containing collagen and blood vessels to constrict. The result of this constriction includes a reduction in redness and the appearance of fine lines.
The procedure also focuses on areas with excess pigmentation, like sun or age spots. Treated hyperpigmentation areas rise to the skin’s surface where they naturally peel off following the treatment.
- OxyGeneo Facial
Another option is to treat your hyperpigmentation with an OxyGeneo facial, which exfoliates the skin and then uses an infusion of nutrient-rich and active gel Capsugen. This is followed by an oxygenation step that introduces CO2 bubbles that lightly burst on the skin’s surface and create a physiological response.
Two Capsugen variations are available for your skin’s specific needs. For example, NeoRevive is best for anti-aging and rejuvenation while NeoBright is more suited for skin brightening and texture improvement.
The skin’s response to the oxygenation step enhances the delivery of oxygen-rich blood to the treated area. This boost in blood flow to the skin capillaries increases the skin’s metabolic rate and intensifies the level of absorption of the nutrient-rich Capsugen.
- AlumierMD’s Lightening Lotion
No matter which treatments you decide to try to help lessen your hyperpigmentation, you must remember to take steps to maintain the results.
Preventing hyperpigmentation by protecting your skin from the sun can be done by using a product with SPF.
You may also wish to try a cream like AlumierMD’s Lightening Lotion, which helps to reduce the appearance of unwanted skin discolourations.
This lightweight lotion contains hydroquinone and licorice root extract, which will help brighten your skin and reduce the appearance of this unpleasant skin condition.
- “Hyperpigmentation – American Osteopathic College Of Dermatology (AOCD)”. 2018. Org. https://www.aocd.org/page/Hyperpigmentation.
- “Age Spots (Liver Spots) – Symptoms And Causes”. 2018. Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/age-spots/symptoms-causes/syc-20355859.
- “Facial Photorejuvenation – Wilderman Medical Cosmetic Clinic | Vaughan | Thornhill”. 2018. Wilderman Medical Cosmetic Clinic | Vaughan | Thornhill. https://www.medicalcosmeticclinic.ca/facial-photorejuvenation/#1534268590339-476e5039-69c7.
- “Oxygeneo™ – Wilderman Medical Cosmetic Clinic | Vaughan | Thornhill”. 2018. Wilderman Medical Cosmetic Clinic | Vaughan | Thornhill. https://www.medicalcosmeticclinic.ca/oxygeneo/.
- “Lightening Lotion – Wilderman Medical Cosmetic Clinic | Vaughan | Thornhill”. 2018. Wilderman Medical Cosmetic Clinic | Vaughan | Thornhill. https://www.medicalcosmeticclinic.ca/product/lightening-lotion/.