3 Ways to Reduce Hyperpigmentation: Juvly Aesthetics
As you age, it may feel like your body is undergoing endless subtle changes. Your skin’s tone and texture, however, are signs of aging that can be reversed and corrected if identified and treated properly. Hyperpigmentation or the appearance of dark spots, freckles, melasma (splotchy pigmented areas) and dark circles beneath the eyes are a cause of concern for many patients. For many of these patients, hyperpigmentation can also be a potential side effect of hormone changes, sun exposure, medication or trauma to the skin, such as acne scarring. The appearance of uneven pigmentation can be remedied in several ways both in and outside of your doctor’s office.
Exfoliation is key.
Discoloration can occur in dead cells on your skin’s surface and require an exfoliant to slough off and reveal the fresh, even toned skin beneath. Second, any product with the ingredient Hydroquinone will inhibit the enzyme that signals pigment production in your skin cells. Hydroquinone can be found in many over the counter products at 2% concentration. For more complete correction, products with 4% hydroquinone can be prescribed. Medical grade skin care lines such as Obagi also have products that contain prescription strength hydroquinone and can be purchased at your dermatologist or medspa.
Look for in-office skin resurfacing treatments.
Microneedling, chemical peels and laser facials not only provide excellent results for lightening uneven pigment but also provide anti-aging benefits like smoothing fine lines and tightening skin. It is also important to discuss the potential causes of your hyper pigmentation with your aesthetician, doctor or nurse to better understand the hidden causes of this condition.
Be proactive about hyperpigmentation.
Protect your skin from external causes of hyperpigmentation. Use an SPF 50 sunscreen and a prescription strength anti-oxidant serum daily.