What is Hyperpigmentation?
Abnormal skin pigmentation or hyperpigmentation can present in many forms. This includes hormonal pigmentation such as melasma or environmental pigmentation, such as liver spots, age spots, sun damage, and post-inflammatory pigmentation.
Skin pigmentation is typically flat in appearance and varies in size, occurring mainly on the face, chest, back and hands. It is a common and usually harmless condition, in which small areas of the skin become darker in colour due to a build-up of melanin in one area.
Hyperpigmentation is directly influenced by an increase in melanin. Melanin is a pigment found in the skin that determines its overall colour. Melanin plays a critical role in protecting the skin from the harmful effects of the suns UV rays. A variety of genetic and environmental factors are involved in the body’s regulation of melanin. Because of this, excessive or deficient amounts of melanin create hyperpigmentation.
Hyperpigmentation is often associated with ageing or sun damage and can make sufferers feel more self-conscious about their appearance. Our skin specialists can talk you through this in further detail when you come in for a consultation at our Wimbledon or Kensington clinic.
What Treatments are Available for Hyperpigmentation?
At Eden Skin Clinic, we offer a range of skin treatments at both our Kensington and Wimbledon clinics to help significantly improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation.
Advanced electrolysis works by using an electric current and a very fine needle to cauterise imperfections like hyperpigmentation and sun damage. After advanced electrolysis is complete, your skin begins its healing process.
This allows the dead skin cells which were involved in the electrolysis process to push up to the surface of the skin and flake off in the same way as a tiny cut heals.
Mesopeel® treatments involve changing the pH level of the skin, causing the bond between dead and healthy skin to become chemically loosened, to prompt exfoliation. In turn, this improves the appearance of hyperpigmentation and sun damage, by promoting the growth of new, healthy skin cells.
IPL Skin Rejuvenation
IPL Skin Rejuvenation is a highly effective treatment for hyperpigmentation. IPL works by directing controlled pulses of light over the skin to destroy pigmentation without damaging surrounding tissue. For optimum results, our IPL laser specialists may recommend a course of treatments.
CryoPen is a safe and highly effective method of freezing and removing benign skin lesions such as sun damage and abnormal skin pigmentation. It uses highly pressured liquid nitrous oxide to effectively destroy the tissue quickly and with little residual stinging.
If you would like to treat your hyperpigmentation or sun damage, please get in touch with us today. Here at Eden Skin Clinic, our skin pigmentation treatments are available at both our Kensington and Wimbledon based clinics.
What Causes Hyperpigmentation?
Our genetics play a major role in determining the skin’s structure, texture, and resilience to ageing and other skin concerns. If an individual experiences abnormal skin pigmentation, there is a higher chance of it occurring in the next generation.
Fluctuations in female hormones like estrogen and progesterone can lead to hyperpigmentation or melasma. Dark spots on the skin due to hormonal fluctuations are more prevalent in darker skin tones. This is because the skin already creates a high level of pigment, therefore an increase in melanin production will inevitably make you more susceptible to abnormal skin pigmentation. However, environmental influences can also contribute to the development of hyperpigmentation.
Abnormal skin pigmentation is caused by overactive pigment cells. Melanin is the pigment that gives skin its colour. When the skin is exposed to sunlight, the body produces extra melanin to protect the skin from the sun’s UV rays. The more melanin produced, the darker the skin becomes. Therefore, pigmentation can appear on areas of the skin where excess melanin collects.
Regular exposure to UV rays from the sun or sunbeds can slow down cellular regeneration. Because of this, alterations to the appearance of the skin can occur in the form of sun damage. This results in noticeable blemishes and accelerates the ageing process on areas of the body exposed to UV rays.
The body’s melanin production process is the same regardless of where the source of UV light comes from. Artificial UV light from sunbeds can also contribute to an overstimulation of melanin. If melanin production becomes highly concentrated in a specific area, this can result in hyperpigmentation.
Hyperpigmentation Treatment Costs
If you are interested in our advanced electrolysis, Mesopeel®, IPL skin rejuvenation, AlumierMD Skin Peels and CryoPen treatments to alleviate hyperpigmentation or sun damage, please get in touch with Eden Skin Clinic. We would be happy to assess your skin concern, working with you to create a bespoke treatment plan.
Please fill out our online consultation form if you are ready to get booked in for our treatments. We will get back to you shortly to schedule an appointment.
You may also call us at either of our Central London clinics in Wimbledon or Kensington. Our expert team would be happy to answer your questions and help you find a treatment that suits your needs.