Skin Hyper-pigmentation

There are many forms of pigmentation. Here at Continental Skin Clinic, we treat various degrees of skin hyperpigmentation, from pigmentation on the face to hyperpigmented lips. See how we can help you treat your concerns. 

Types and Causes of Skin Hyperpigmentation

Age Spots

Age spots, also known as liver spots, sun spots, or “solar lentigines,” are flat brown, grey, or black spots that generally appear on the hands, face, neck, and chest. These pesky brown spots aren’t really caused by ageing, though more of them show up on your body as you get older; they result from sun-exposed areas and from being out in the daylight too much.

Sun Damage

When you soak up the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, it speeds up the ageing of your skin and raises your risk of skin cancer. Sun damage is called a first-degree sunburn when it affects only the outer layer of your skin. As a result, your skin turns red, it feels hot to the touch, and you may experience mild pain. Over time, sun exposure can increase your skin hyperpigmentation. 

Melasma 

Melasma, also known as ‘chloasma’ and ‘pregnancy mask’, is a common skin condition that affects both women and men. It causes the skin to darken, with brown or greyish patches of pigmentation (colour) commonly developing. 

Freckles

You get these on areas of your body exposed to the sun. You’ll notice them more in the summer, especially if you’re fair-skinned or have light or red hair. Freckles aren’t bad for you. But some cancers in the earliest stages can look like one. See your doctor if the size, shape, or colour of a spot changes or if it itches or bleeds. 

Intimate Area Hyperpigmentation

Melanocytes are cells in the body that produce melanin, which is naturally found in very high concentrations in the genital area. Over time, when the skin rubs against each other, constant friction and irritation can occur, resulting in increased skin hyperpigmentation.

How to prevent skin hyperpigmentation on my face?

  • Avoid the sun between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM because the sun’s rays are most intense during this time
  • Practice sun safety and wear broad-spectrum sunscreen daily
  • Wear sun protective clothing, hats and sunglasses too
  • Refrain from using tanning beds
  • Wear gloves when cycling or gardening for an extended period in the sun
  • Take extra precautions around water, snow, or sand, as these surfaces reflect the sun’s rays
  • Wear a lip balm with SPF 30 or higher

How We Can Help

We have multiple treatment options to help treat age spots/sunspots, sun-damaged skin, and other forms of skin hyperpigmentation:

  • Cryotherapy, or freezing: involves removing the age spot with a cold substance such as liquid nitrogen, to destroy the extra pigment.
  • Laser and intense pulsed light therapies using high-intensity beams can target melanin granules and melanin-producing cells (melanocytes) without damaging the skin’s surface.
  • Microdermabrasion: a non-invasive treatment that involves exfoliating the skin, which helps remove the top layer of the skin and improves melasma. However, dramatic results are not generally seen or expected after one or two treatments so more may be required depending on the individual.
  • Fractional Microneedling RF: this is a process where the skin is repeatedly punctured with tiny needles. This helps medical creams penetrate deeper into the skin to provide a solution and treat melasma and other forms of pigmentation.
  • Laser resurfacing: can remove sun-damaged cells to freshen skin and fade spots.
  • Chemical peels: involve applying to the age spots an acid that releases the outer layer of your skin, peeling away the dead cells.
  • Healite II LED Light Therapy: is a non-invasive and rejuvenating treatment that helps to speed up the healing process and increase collagen production. This is great for treating acne scars and sun-damaged skin.

These removal techniques can also make the skin extra sensitive to sunlight. Anyone who has undergone one of these procedures should take extra precautions in the sun and consult with our specialists on which products to continue using.

For this concern, you can use one of our standalone or combined in personalised treatment plan procedures:

– Laser Toning

– Chemical Peels

– Medical Camouflage

– Dermamelan Intimate Peels

– Cosmelan Pigment Peel 

– Healite II LED Light

And others depending on the skin state and are of concern. Please bear in mind that finalised treatment plan can be chosen only after face-to-face assessment for the best result.

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Treatments for Skin Pigmentation

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Skin Boosters

For intense skin hydration, skin laxity, all-round glow and suppleness, look no further than our injectable skin boosters (mesotherapy).

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Glutathione Injection

Bring instant hydration, a boost of healthy vitamins/nutrients and a touch of brightness to your complexion with our range of IM Booster Shots.

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Semi Permanent Makeup

Micro pigmentation is a medical tattoo in which pigment (colour) is implanted into the skin to enhance colour and appearance.

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Laser Toning

SPECTRA XT is the only Laser on the market FDA cleared to treat melasma. This treatment offers many benefits over traditional resurfacing methods.

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IPL Skin Rejuvenation

IPL skin rejuvenation is a non-invasive skincare procedure that uses high-powered pulses of light to improve the appearance of the skin.

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Laser Lip Bleaching

Darkening of the lips is very common and is a typically harmless condition. This is caused by an excess of melanin and can be the result of hyperpigmentation.

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Facial Treatments

Having regular treatments and care keeps your skin in the best condition possible and is key for maintaining youthful and healthier skin.

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Chemical Peels

A chemical peel uses an acidic solution that breaks down the top layer of skin and exfoliates the skin by removing the dead skin cells.

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FAQs

Skin pigmentation occurs when melanocytes, cells that produce melanin, the substance that gives skin its color, behave abnormally. Skin with too much melanin is called hyperpigmented skin, while skin with too little melanin is called hypopigmented skin.

Some of the most common skin pigmentation disorders are pigmented birthmarks, macular stains, hemangiomas, port wine stains, albinism, melasma, vitiligo and pigmentation loss due to skin damage.

Depending on the type of skin pigmentation you may have, we offer multiple options such as IPL, chemical peels, and laser toning to help treat your concerns. We recommend booking a consultation to find the most suitable treatment for you.

All skin pigmentation is different, so results will vary depending on the type of pigmentation being treated. But we always recommend a series of treatments to ensure the best results.

Yes! Here at Continental Skin Clinic we offer various treatment options to treat the pigmentation concerns of all skin types.

Depending on the treatment you undergone, side effects range from redness to skin peeling. But no matter what the side effects are, our therapists will be able to throughly guide you accordingly.

The amount of sessions that are needed depend on your desired outcome and current condition of your skin.

Any area of the body and face can be treated for skin pigmentation, however different areas may require different treatments. A consultation will determine the best options for your skin pigmentation concerns.

Skin pigmentation occurs when melanocytes, cells that produce melanin, the substance that gives skin its color, behave abnormally. Skin with too much melanin is called hyperpigmented skin, while skin with too little melanin is called hypopigmented skin.

Depending on the treatment, downtime can be nonexistent, or a few days.

Yes, we always recommend a combination of treatments to target multiple skin concerns at once.

Because skin pigmentation my occur from different causes, results can either be permanent, or long lasting. Our aesthetic team will determine the cause of your skin pigmentation so you can know what to expect after treatment.

We offer glutathione injections f0r skin pigmentation. Glutathione is an antioxidant which the body produces naturally, and when it is boosted can lead to improvement in skin complexion and tone.

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