Jan 2
By William P. Baugh

A woman smiling while she touches her faceHere at Full Spectrum Dermatology in Fullerton, we pride ourselves in offering patients multiple options for treatment that can help them look their very best. This includes state-of-the-art laser skin resurfacing for anti-aging needs and chemical peels and facials to reduce those problematic lines and wrinkles.

A number of patients who come to our practice want to know how they can get rid of problematic blotchiness and uneven skin pigment. Let's go over this aesthetic problem right now.

What is hyperpigmentation?

In simple terms, hyperpigmentation refers to a darkening of an area of the skin that is the result of an increased amount of melanin. Some common causes of hyperpigmentation include the following:

  • Sun damage
  • Acne
  • Inflammation
  • Addison's disease
  • Cushing's disease
  • Melasma

Thankfully there are many different treatment options available to deal with hyperpigmentation. Let's look at some of the most popular procedures and professional techniques.

Treating Hyperpigmentation with Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing refers to the use of a safe laser light to remove damaged, uppermost layers of skin. New skin will form that will be tighter, smoother, and generally of better appearance. These laser skin resurfacing techniques can also be used to treat fine lines and wrinkles in addition to hyperpigmentation and other kinds of skin blotchiness.

Treating Hyperpigmentation with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

IPL involves the use of controlled blasts of high-intensity light that penetrate beneath the superficial layers of the skin. These intense bursts of light cause the collagen and blood vessels beneath the skin to constrict, resulting in improved appearance and texture of the skin.

Treating Hyperpigmentation with Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a technique in which small crystals are blown against the skin through a controlled handpiece. Some think of the process as being similar to sandblasting, with the topmost layer of the skin removed to unlock smoother, softer, and more appealing-looking skin beneath.

Treating Hyperpigmentation with Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are a staple at many cosmetic skin care clinics and spas. This uses carefully applied acid solutions to remove damaged outer layers of skin and promote the growth of newer, healthier layers of skin to take its place. There are different levels of chemical peels that can be used. Light peels are generally good for cases of hyperpigmentation, and require little to no downtime.

Treating Hyperpigmentation with Skin Care Products

There are a wide variety of skin care products that are available to address problems with skin pigmentation and blotchiness. During your consultation at the practice, we can help recommend some ideal skin care products that can treat issues with hyperpigmentation.

Tips for Preventing Hyperpigmentation

Probably the best way to prevent hyperpigmentation is to use sunblock and avoid prolonged exposure to the sun. When going outdoors, wear your sunblock as well as a hat with a brim to keep your skin protected in the shade. You might be surprised how much of a difference this can make for the overall look and health of your skin.

Schedule a Consultation at Full Spectrum Dermatology

To learn more about treatment options for cataracts and how we can help you look your very best, we encourage you to contact our cosmetic dermatology and skin care center today. At Full Spectrum Dermatology, we will help you look youthful and more refreshed.

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