May 29, 2020
Hyperpigmentation is a common condition in which darker patches of skin form on the face. This darkening occurs when an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin color, forms in spots on the skin. While these patches of skin are typically harmless, many find them cosmetically unattractive.
There are varying degrees of hyperpigmentation. The more superficial kind that is located within the epidermis is typically found in younger individuals and is much less severe. The kind called melasma, which is hormonally driven from elevated estrogen and/or progesterone levels causes deeper hyperpigmentation and it is more difficult to treat.
Hyperpigmentation can appear on the face such as the bridge of the nose, the forehead, and the cheeks, as well as on the decollete, arms, hands, and legs. It can be caused by sun damage, inflammation, or other skin injuries, including those related to acne. People with darker skin tones (or who tan easily) are more prone to hyperpigmentation, especially with excess sun exposure.
There is no cure for hyperpigmentation, but much can be done to improve it. Just set realistic expectations because it takes time and a consistent regimen to fade deeper pigmentation.
Wearing sunscreen EVERY DAY is extremely important. If you go through all the work and expense of great treatments and you don’t bother to wear sunscreen, it’s sort of like eating healthy all day to lose weight and then eating cookies all night. You will not get good results.
Potential Treatments for Hyperpigmentation
The following treatment options will depend on the type of hyperpigmentation you have and to what degree you have it. Please consult with a PROFESSIONAL before trying any of these. And, remember, I am not a doctor so please do not consider this medical advice.
A product I love: Sleep On It Vegan Retinol because it is encapsulated making it gentle yet effective. IMPORTANT APPLICATION TIP: Always apply retinoids and retinols AT NIGHT and ALWAYS wear sunscreen because the skin becomes much more sun sensitive when using these products.
PEEL PREPARATON TIP: Prepare for the best possible results BEFORE getting a PEEL by using NeoGenesis Recovery twice daily after cleansing with the NeoGenesis Cleanser for four weeks prior to a peel. Apply NeoGenesis Recovery all over the face and neck, including the eye area and around the lips. After NeoGenesis Recovery, apply NeoGenesis Intensive Moisturizer or NeoGenesis Barrier Renewal Cream, to keep the barrier hydrated, repaired, and soothed. This twice-daily protocol will heal and nourish the skin for a superior outcome and lessen the chance of unwanted side effects.
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to skin resurfacing. Ablative lasers may work better for people with fair skin. For some people, non-ablative versions may cause the skin to darken instead of lightening. Your PROFESSIONAL will work with you to assess your discoloration and overall skin tone to select the best option for your skin.
To determine the right treatment will require working with a PROFESSIONAL who can assess your skin tone and type of hyperpigmentation you have.
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