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How Can I Reduce Hyperpigmentation of the Skin?

Hyperpigmentation is a common and usually harmless condition that happens to just about everyone over time. Patches of skin become darker than the skin around it because of an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin color. Even freckles, which are an inherited characteristic, are examples of hyperpigmentation. These darkened skin patches can become even darker when exposed to the sun.  This condition can affect anyone of any ethnicity and can be caused by sun damage, hormonal changes, skin conditions such as acne, or injuries and surgical wounds.

Can I Reduce the Appearance of Hyperpigmentation?

There are various ways to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation including prescription creams that are used to lighten the skin with bleaching agents, chemical peels, and laser treatments. Let’s take a look at a couple of these popular treatments:

Chemical Peels:

At Skinatomy Laser Clinic, we offer a wide range of chemical peel treatments to help patients reduce hyperpigmentation and achieve their ideal complexion. A chemical peel is a procedure used to treat acne, skin issues, and help with cell rejuvenation. There are a wide variety of chemical peels from light, to medium and deep peels.

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Take the first step. Get your questions answered and find out which treatment option is best for you by meeting with one of our knowledgeable providers at Skinatomy Laser Clinic for an in-person consultation. Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our experienced team members will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation.

A typical chemical peel treatment takes about 45-60 minutes to perform and you should start seeing results after about 2 to 3 weeks, with final results visible within one month. You may need more than one chemical peel treatment to see ideal results.

After a chemical peel,  you should anticipate having a red and slightly swollen skin for approximately one week. You’ll also notice some scabbing as the skin dries and flakes away. You’ll need to wear sunscreen after your procedure to help protect skin against UV rays.

IPL PhotoFacial:

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light therapy. It is a treatment that can even out skin discoloration, reduce hyperpigmentation, get rid of freckles, and even improve rosacea.   IPL PhotoFacial works by delivering pulses of light to the dermis; this light energy breaks down pigmentation, leaving behind a smoother and clearer-looking complexion. The light energy is able to penetrate both the surface of the dermis and the deepest skin levels, which helps create results that last for longer. With the IPL treatment, specific discolored cells can be treated without damaging the surrounding skin

Treatments will take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes for each IPL PhotoFacial session. Patients may need up to five IPL PhotoFacial treatments to achieve their ideal results, but this varies depending on the patient’s individual needs. Patients will begin to see results within a few weeks with final results appearing several weeks after the last treatment. This procedure is generally non-invasive with little to no recovery time.


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