Hyperpigmentation is a condition that occurs when parts of the skin’s pigmentation become darker.  Hyperpigmentation is more common for people with darker skin, and can last for months or years. It often manifests itself as dark patches on the skin or freckling and spots. Treatment is not always the same as there are different types of hyperpigmentation.

The Appearance of Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is seen as the following – freckling, age spots, or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). PIH can happen due to many different types of damage to the skin, from waxing to insect bites to chemicals.

It is most common on the face, arms and hands.

What Causes Hyperpigmentation

 A number of factors cause hyperpigmentation such as UV damage, melasma due to hormonal fluctuations, or as a result of skin injury, e.g. acne or laser treatment. Many of these factors are manageable, but some are unavoidable. Melasma, for instance, is common in pregnant women, and is often referred to as “pregnancy mask”.

Hyperpigmentation occurs in patches on the skin when the melanocytes, the cells which produce the melanin pigment, produce too much melanin due to over-activity.

Hyperpigmentation Treatment

One of the best ways to avoid Hyperpigmentation is to firstly limit exposure to the sun and protect your skin from the suns harmful UVA and UVB rays by wearing the appropriate level of sunscreen. Avoiding excessive trauma to the skin, e.g. by using less harsh chemicals in cleaning products can also help limit and manage Melasma.

However, when hyperpigmentation requires treatment, skin lightening is recommended for treating age spots, dark spots and melasma, and is a key ingredient in Obagi’s Nu-Derm FX System.

Obagi Nu Derm Skincream System

Skin lightening products can be a naturally occurring substance found in many fruits and grains. It acts upon the melanocytes, suppressing them in the affected area. It can take several weeks to see results from using these treatments, and it is strongly recommended that patients who have seen improvements in their pigmentation as a result of using Obagi Nu-Derm FX use the appropriate sunscreen, such as Obagi’s Sun Shield Matte SPF50 to prevent hyperpigmentation returning. Exposure to the sun’s radiation can naturally cause significant changes to the skin’s pigmentation, so treatment is only part of the solution.

If hyperpigmentation is caused by acne or blemishes, Obagi Medical Products can help to greatly manage and reduce acne. If you have hyperpigmentation, speak to your skin care physician about how Obagi can help.

How Can We Help?

The Facial Rejuvenation Clinic can offer a range of treatments that can be used to help manage the appearance of hyperpigmentation.

Obagi Nu-Derm FX System helps reduce the appearance of moderate to severe hyperpigmentation including Melasma.

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