Most clients today will experience some form of excess pigmentation in their skin. This is usually due to the most common cause, UV exposure. However there are many forms and reasons beyond this that contribute to the common forms of pigmentation such as freckles, Melasma, age spots/Liver spots and PIH (Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation).
At You By Sia, we have multiple ways of treating different forms of pigmentation using different lasers, LED therapy and topical cosmeceutical skincare. Not ALL skins are able to have a laser treatment and may require only topical solutions. That is why Sia, founder, and owner of our clinics, specialises in pigmentation removal and will work out the most effective but safe solution to address your pigmentation concerns. Call or go online to book in for a one on one consultation with Sia today.
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The cause of excess pigmentation (hyperpigmentation) in the skin depends on the type that has been formed. The most common causes of hyperpigmentation are:
The body produces additional melanin to protect the skin from prolonged exposure to the sun to prevent cell damage. This can cause dark spots or patches on the skin called age spots, sunspots and solar keratosis.
Areas of skin can darken after people have had a trauma or irritation to the skin. The skin releases melanin to assist with the fight against inflammation as an autoimmune response. This can include acne, eczema, lupus, or an injury to the skin. People with darker skin are more prone to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Darker patches of skin can form when people experience hormonal changes or imbalances. This type of hyperpigmentation is common during pregnancy and even while on the contraceptive pill or implants.
Certain medications, such as antimalarial drugs and tricyclic antidepressants, can cause hyperpigmentation. In these cases, patches of skin may turn gray.Chemicals in topical treatments can also sometimes cause hyperpigmentation.
More serious causes of hyperpigmentation include Addison’s disease and hemochromatosis ( iron overload) Addison’s disease affects the adrenal glands. It can cause hyperpigmentation in certain areas of the body, including: