Pigmentation can become visible on the skin for a number of reasons including increased sun exposure, genetics, medical conditions, pregnancy, trauma to the skin and hormonal changes. As we start to age the appearance of pigmentation can become more prominent causing many to look for a way to improve it.
The root cause of pigmentation is essentially a substance called Melanin which is naturally found in our body and is responsible for the colour of our skin, hair and eyes. Those with darker skin would naturally have more melanin compared to those with lighter skin. It is the disruption of the production of melanin that causes pigmentation of the skin.
This is when there is an increase in the production of melanin and the most common cause is an increased exposure to sunlight as this would also darken any previous areas of hyperpigmentation.
This is a type of hyperpigmentation and it most common in women, especially during pregnancy although it can affect anyone. You may notice melisma more in the summer months with it improving during the winter months and appears as a light to dark brown patches mainly on the face.
This is when there is a decrease of melanin in the skin and results in pale almost white patches on the skin. Conditions that cause hypopigmentation include Vitiligo and Albinism which unfortunately there are no cures for. If hypopigmentation is caused by a trauma to your skin such as a burn then there is a chance that your body will be able to regenerate pigment in the area again over time.
The best way to stop pigmentation from occurring is to wear sun protection every day, especially on your face. Pigmentation can affect people of all ages and skin types.
We are the UK’s leading non-invasive and minimally invasive cosmetic group of clinics and have some of the most experienced specialists in the industry that can advise on the best treatment for pigmentation. We treat thousands of patients every year and pride ourselves on our knowledge and expertise. All of our Clinics are registered with the Care Quality Commission and The Independent Healthcare Advisory Services.
The Obagi Nu-Derm system is specially formulated to help treat hyperpigmentation. The system works by increasing your cell turnover causing your skin to peel. The motion of peeling will then also encourage your production of collagen and elastin which results in an overall younger and fresh look with a significant reduction in the appearance of pigmentation.
This is a prescribed skin care treatment and will require you to attend a consultation to initially assess your suitability before going through how to use the system to get the best results.
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The Obagi Nu-Derm system for pigmentation is available in-clinic at London Harley Street, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Northampton and Buckinghamshire close to Oxford, High Wycombe, Aylesbury and Beaconsfield.
There is a range of chemical skin peels available that are designed to treat pigmentation in particular. A chemical skin peels involves applying the peel solution to your skin which encourages a natural exfoliation. A chemical peel works by putting your skin through a peeling process where your dead skin cells are removed resulting in a reduced appearance for pigmentation.
Chemical Peel Treatments for pigmentation are available at London Harley Street, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Northampton and Buckinghamshire close to Oxford, High Wycombe, Aylesbury and Beaconsfield.
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy is a great option for those looking for a more natural treatment for pigmentation. Your practitioner will take blood from you just like a standard blood test, your blood is then put into a machine which separates out the platelets. It is the platelets from your blood that are then injected back into your face or specific area of your body.
Platelets are rich in growth factors which encourage your body to repair and create new tissue which improves skin tone.
IPL is an intense pulsed light treatment and is most commonly used to reduce hair growth and target skin pigmentation. Areas of skin pigmentation will have a short burst of light fired at them, there is a slight bit of discomfort but it is a relatively quick treatment and most patients find it bearable.
The short burst of light breaks down the pigmentation and with a course of treatment alongside regular yearly treatments it is a great way to reduce the signs of pigmentation.