More information about pigment changes

When the body produces too much or too little melanin, it can cause changes in pigment. These changes can appear as brown spots, sun spots, moles, melasma, or other skin patches that appear light or darker than normal. 

Areas of the skin that are affected by changes in pigment can have a variety of causes, associated symptoms, and treatments. Pigmentation disorders and birthmarks affect many people. Most of the time, changes to the skin pigment are harmless, but it can also indicate more serious conditions and illnesses. 

Hyperpigmentation, or a change in the darkness of the area of the skin, can cause many patients to feel uncomfortable and self-conscious. It can occur in small areas or over the entire body. 

Our team at Skincredible Dermatology offers several treatments and procedures to improve the appearance of dark spots, sunspots, and hyperpigmentation. The use of lasers and skin resurfacing is commonly prescribed to help reduce the appearance of hyperpigmented skin. Contact us to learn more about our options to correct changes to the skin's pigment.

Skin Pigment Changes

Treatment for Skin Pigmentation Disorders

Hyperpigmentation is a common skin condition that makes some patches of skin darker than other areas. It can be completely benign and not require treatment. Some individuals, however, may wish to get rid of the discolored skin patches. Whether caused by natural factors (such as sun exposure) or pathological factors (genetic, hormonal), hyperpigmentation can be treated in several ways. At Skincredible Dermatology, we offer a variety of treatments to lighten the skin and minimize the appearance of discolored patches.

Topical Medication

Skincredible Dermatology provides the latest and best hyperpigmentation treatments to help reduce unwanted skin discoloration. Our topical medication targets the pathways in which pigment is formed in melanocyte cells. They mostly target the enzyme tyrosinase, which can limit melanin synthesis in the skin and produce lighter skin coloring. Many of our skincare components possess tyrosinase-inhibiting properties, such as vitamin C and retinol.

Our topical treatments include ingredients like azelaic acid, vitamin C, hydroquinone, corticosteroids, kojic acid, retinoids, and more. You will see a noticeable difference in your skin’s pigmentation within a few weeks with our treatments. We have helped countless patients achieve light skin in the specified area with minimal side effects.

Cosmetic Therapies

Cosmetic treatments can also be used to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation by lightening skin areas. These treatments are often used to achieve a more uniform skin tone. There are many different types of cosmetic therapies available. Some common treatments include:

Laser Therapy

A laser peel (resurfacing) procedure uses focused beams of light to eliminate pigmentation. The light selectively destroys the top layers of skin, while leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed.

Positive results can be obtained by applying treatments like the Lase MD Ultra or Halo laser treatment, which stimulates collagen growth and remodeling in the top layers of the skin. The pigment is removed from the upper layers of the skin as a result of controlled micro-injuries to the epidermis.

Laser peel patients enjoy a youthful appearance with smoother, more evenly toned skin.

Chemical Peel

A chemical peel uses higher acid concentrations to target skin tissue. These acids eliminate the epidermis to reduce hyperpigmentation. In some cases, the skin's innermost layer (dermis) may also be penetrated during this procedure, creating more dramatic effects.

Many OTC chemical peels are available, but to obtain a professional-grade peel, you should consult one of our specialists. We offer more powerful and faster-acting chemical peels for brighter skin color.

Intense Pulsed Light

Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy is a type of phototherapy that works by targeting hyperpigmentation without damaging the epidermis or subcutaneous tissues. IPL therapy uses a broad-spectrum light source that emits light pulses at different wavelengths. The pigmented components of the darker cells that make up a freckle, age spots, or scar absorb light energy, causing them to break apart and be eliminated from the body.

IPL therapy is a safe and effective treatment for hyperpigmentation, melasma, sun damage, and age spots. IPL can be used on all skin types and can be customized for individual patients.

IPL treatments are similar to laser resurfacing, but they differ in that IPL energy is absorbed only by the pigmented tissue.

BBL Laser Treatment at Skincredible

At Skincredible Dermatology our team of specialists has years of experience using BBL Laser, a machine that uses IPL to find and break down unwanted pigment changes in the skin. BBL, which stands for BroadBand Light, is a device that will smooth out those unwanted pigment changes on your skin that may come from sun exposure, harmful skin care products, or pollution. Treatment areas can include:

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Chest
  • Arms
  • Hands
  • Other areas as needed

BBL Laser treatment is a fast and efficient procedure with little to no downtime allowing your skin to look smoother and tighter in no time with only a few sessions.

Consult with Skincredible Dermatology

Are you concerned about the appearance of dark patches or scaly patches on your skin? Our dermatologists can help you determine the source of your hyperpigmentation and develop a treatment plan specific to your needs. If you are concerned about hyperpigmentation or want to learn more about treatment options for lighter or darker skin, schedule a consultation with us today.

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