Hyperpigmentation is not necessarily a skin condition but mostly signifies the darker patches that occur on the skin, either in small areas, larger areas, or on the entire body. While increased pigmentation isn’t harmful, it may be a symptom of an underlying disease. In such cases, it becomes crucial to get rid of it with a proper pigmentation removal treatment.
Most clients today experience some form of excess pigmentation in their skin. This is usually due to the most common cause, UV exposure. However, there are multiple 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 laser clinic in Bondi Junction, specialises in pigmentation removal and will work out the most effective but safe solution to address your pigmentation concerns.
Laser pigmentation removal works by breaking down the pigments and dispersing it into your skin without damaging the surrounding tissue. The melanin, when broken down, can remove the pigmentation from your skin completely; however, it may take more than one session. The pigmented spots will either fade or flake away when the treated area is drawn to the surface.
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The cause of excess pigmentation (hyperpigmentation) in the skin depends on the type. 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 including acne, eczema or lupus. The skin releases melanin to assist with the fight against inflammation as an autoimmune response. 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(affecting the adrenal glands) and hemochromatosis ( iron overload). It can cause hyperpigmentation in certain areas of the body, including: