Hyperpigmentation is a common skin condition in which dark spots appear when an excess of melanin forms deposits in the skin. Melanin is the pigment that produces your normal skin color. Hyperpigmentation can affect the skin color of any race. It is caused by sun damage, hormones, acne lesions, injuries, and even surgical incisions. Freckles are also a form of hyperpigmentation and can be found anywhere on the body but are most common on the face and arms. Freckles are an inherited characteristic. Freckles, age spots, and other darkened skin patches can become darker or more pronounced when skin is exposed to the sun. This happens because melanin absorbs the energy of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays in order to protect the skin from overexposure. Wearing a sunscreen is a must. A single day of excess sun can undo months of treatment.
When I am working with a client to reverse hyperpigmentation, I make sure they are 100% committed to applying sunscreen daily and reapplying when needed. Do not waste your service provider’s time or your time treating hyperpigmentation if you aren’t committed to protecting your skin from the sun.
When treating hyperpigmentation, you have several options from light therapy, laser treatments, chemical peels, at home products and of course, sunscreen! Book your consultation with Dr. Biggerstaff or our nurse practitioner, Avery, to find what the best treatment is for your form of hyperpigmentation to best fit your lifestyle, and so we can provide you with the best results possible.
Olivia Wood, LE