Hyperpigmentation and Sun Damage

  • hyperpigmentation is often caused by sun damage
  • hyperpigmentation on the skin can be treated with chemical peels or Dermalux LED light rejuvenation
  • treatment for hyperpigmentation and sun damage is available at The Cooden Medical Centre
  • hyperpigmentation treatment before and after

Hyperpigmentation such as sun damage or darkening of the skin can appear in spots. More commonly known as liver spots or age spots, it can appear anywhere on the face or body. It 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. It can be caused by ageing, hormones, pregnancy, birth control pills, skin products, acne, cosmetic treatments or be 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, causing excess colouration to appear in patches on the skin.

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.

Laser Skin Treatments

Laser skin treatments will successfully lighten or remove hyperpigmentation 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.

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Chemical Peels

Chemical peels can successfully minimise the appearance of hyperpigmentation. The acidic chemicals in our formulations provide varying levels of exfoliation with medical grade ingredients found naturally in plants and fruit. All our chemical peels are safe and clinically proven to be significantly effective in reducing the appearance of sun damage or age spots.

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Dermalux LED Light Rejuvenation

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.

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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.

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Topical Homecare Treatments

Our range of topical homecare treatments provide highly effective pharmaceutical skin care solutions, whatever the problem. To treat hyperpigmentation and sun damage we typically 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.

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  • What is hyperpigmentation?

    Hyperpigmentation is caused by an overproduction of melanin resulting in the appearance of dark patches on the skin or nails such as age spots or sun spots. These dark patches are most common when the skin is regularly exposed to the sun.

    What causes hyperpigmentation?

    Hyperpigmentation is associated with a number of diseases including Addison’s Disease and Melasma (most common in pregnant women). It is also caused by sun damage.

    Is hyperpigmentation common?

    Hyperpigmentation or ‘uneven skin tone’ is one of the most common complaints heard by dermatologists today. The presence of dark spots on the skin can make us look older than we really are, as liver spots are associated with the ageing process.

    How can I prevent sun spots from appearing?

    We recommend that you use a SPF30+ moisturiser daily and avoid of the sun during its strongest hours as this can help prevent sun spots from forming. This however will not prevent sun spots that have already begun to form in the skin from appearing. When undergoing treatment, we also recommend you continue to use sunscreen so that the future pigmentation problems are prevented.

    Will areas of pigmentation fade on their own?

    Spots that occur as a result of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation will eventually fade, but this can take between 3 months and two years to become undetectable. In general, the answer is no, however the good news is that we have treatments that will drastically fade their appearance, wherever they are.

  • Prices for Hyperpigmentation & Sun Damage treatments start from £80 per area

    We offer a free consultation for all aesthetic treatments and concerns.

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