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Hyperpigmentation: What it is and how to treat it

Now that fall is here, a lot of you are asking…how do I correct the skin damage created from the summer months? The sun and summer heat has a tendency to cause a number of annoying skin issues, like uneven skin tone, texture, and one of the most annoying, pigmentation. We have a number of products and procedures that are great for treating these skin issues and fall/winter is the perfect time to do it.

First, if you’re unfamiliar with the term hyperpigmentation, LUKCY YOU! Hyperpigmentation is a common, usually harmless condition in which patches of skin become darker in color than the normal surrounding skin. This darkening occurs when an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin color, forms deposits in the skin. A lot of us may experience this darkness in the skin from factors such as heat, unprotected sun exposure, and hormonal changes.

How do you treat such a condition, also commonly referred to as melasma? The good news is that there are a number of treatments and prevention tips to help improve the appearance of these dark patches. One of our favorite procedures for treatments that address tone, texture, and pigmentation issues are chemical peels. Chemical peels remove old skin so that new layers can grow in their place. This controlled removal ranges in strength, from superficial peels that use mild acids to deep peels that penetrate several layers of skin. Depending the type of peel you get, you might have a reaction similar to a sunburn, which may involve scaling and swelling. This may last anywhere from three to 14 days, after which time your skin should be smoother, dark spots should be lighter, and skin should look brighter.   We also have Fraxel laser treatments available and a number of skincare products that are great to maintain results throughout the year.

Prevention is also one of the biggest tactics for eliminating hyperpigmentation in the skin.

– Daily sunscreen use. Since sunlight is one of the bigger triggers for discoloration in the skin, daily sunscreen use is non-negotiable to keep it at bay. Choose a sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection with an SPF of 30 or higher.

– Outdoor hats. Broad-brimmed hats help keep rays off vulnerable parts of the face.

Visit our events calendar to find out the specials we’re having on Chemical Peels October 17th-21st!  We have a number of savings on all levels of our chemical peels to give you a boost for your fall festivals and events.