Pigmentation

Treat pigmentation and sun damage

Pigmentation is a common skin concern that can appear due to a variety of factors. Keep reading to learn more about what causes it and what you can do to correct it. 

Types of pigmentation

  • Hypopigmentation: Lighter spots that appear on skin due to an absence of normal amounts of melanin (the chemical which gives skin its colour).
  • Hyperpigmentation: Where dark spots appear on the skin. This is the more common form and is caused by an increase in melanin. One of the most common hyperpigmentary problems is Melasma. This condition is characterised by tan or brown patches on the face, most commonly appearing on the cheeks, bridge of the nose, forehead and upper lips.

Pigmentation

What causes pigmentation?

Sun exposure is a common cause of hyperpigmentation on areas that frequently see the sun, such as our hands and face.

Melasma, meanwhile, is believed to be caused by hormonal changes such as pregnancy. Certain medications can also cause hyperpigmentation.

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation occurs when a blemish or other skin injury heals, leaving a discoloured mark behind. 

TREATMENTS FOR PIGMENTATION

It's important to limit sun exposure to stop existing pigmentation from darkening, and prevent new spots from forming. A broad-spectrum sunscreen is a must-have to protect your skin, and should be a daily part of your beauty routine.

For more advanced results, we offer a range of targeted skin treatments to help reduce pigmentation and the signs of sun damage. A tailored plan is laser treatments can be most effective, but our expert Skin Technicians will be able to give you advice tailored for your specific needs.

A course of treatments are available as part of our Skin Health Plan.