Hyperpigmentation and Sun Damage
Hyperpigmentation and sun damage or darkening of the skin can appear in spot, called liver or age spots and can happen anywhere on the face or body and can affect anyone of any age or race, although this is a skin concern more prevalent among certain ethnicities such as Asian, Mediterranean, African, or Latin.
This darkening occurs when an excess of melanin forms deposits in the skin, a result of a variety of causes including ageing, hormones, pregnancy, birth control pills, skin products, acne, cosmetic treatments or an indication of your overall health.
The main cause of hyperpigmentation in light-skinned people is years of accumulated sun damage. This occurs as the sun stimulates the production of melanin.
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) occurs after injury or inflammation, such as acne psoriasis or a burn. Again it is more common in darker-skinned people. Like melasma, PIH can be difficult to treat when it involves a deeper skin layer.
Recommended treatments for Hyperpigmentation and Sun Damage:
Although there is no ‘cure’ for hyperpigmentation, here at The Cooden Medical Group we offer some very effective treatments that lighten the appearance of the patches and spots, creating a more even complexion.
Chemical Peels can successfully minimise the appearance of pigmentation. However, factors including down time, the amount of discomfort a patient is willing to endure and how quickly results are required, all need to be taken into consideration. We recommend:
- Mandelic Acid Peel
- Pyruvic Peel
- Obagi Radiance® Peel
- Obagi Blue Peel®
- TCA Peel
- Retinol Peel
Dermalux LED Light Rejuvenation is a safe and painless way to get clear, even, healthy skin. It is suitable for all skin types. Exposure to the Dermalux LED light wavelength encourages your body’s natural production of melanin to lighten pigmented skin.
Laser Skin Treatments will successfully lighten or remove pigmentation in as little as one to three sessions. We use a Candela laser and radio frequency using individual protocols for each patient’s specific concerns.
Mesotherapy is a medical specialty that involves injecting tiny quantities of natural extracts, homeopathic agents, vitamins and minerals directly into the skin where it is needed. The appearance of increased pigmentation such as freckles, melasma and blemishes can be dramatically improved using specifically selected lightening agents.
Topical Homecare Treatments provide highly effective pharmaceutical skin care solutions, whatever the problem. To treat hyperpigmentation and sun damage we recommend Obagi’s CRX System® - offering a milder formula for younger skin, and Nu-Derm – a range offering results for more severe or problematic skin.