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Skin Pigmentation

Pigmentation is brown colouring due to a pigment called melanin, This causes dark patches on the skin which do not fade. We have several treatments to reduce pigmentation.

Skin Pigmentation

What is skin pigment?

Skin colour results from melanin in the skin, produced by pigment cells called melanocytes.

The colour of pigmentation depends on the location of melanin. Melanin at the surface of the skin is brown. Deeper melanin tends to be blue-grey.

What is hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is patches of skin that become darker than the rest.

Hyperpigmentation occurs when the skin produces excess melanin, the pigment that gives skin its colour.

Hyperpigmentation can affect people of all skin types.

What causes hyperpigmentation?

Skin most commonly becomes pigmented due to over-exposure to the sun rays or other light. Types of light include UV, blue or infrared.

Other causes of hyperpigmentation are

  • Pregnancy.

  • Hormone treatment.

  • Inflammatory skin conditions.

  • Acne and acne scars.

  • Laser treatments.

  • Chemical peels.

  • Skin trauma.

  • Following allergic reactions.

  • Medication or drugs.

  • Genetics.

  • Following hair removal or epilation.

Treatment for uneven skin tone and pigmentation

Fortunately, various treatments are available to treat uneven skin tone and pigmentation. Unfortunately, treating skin pigmentation can be frustrating as it takes time.

Results are typically not seen for 16 to 18 weeks because it takes 40 days to renew the layers of the skin. That's 4 - 6 months.

In addition, it is normal for the skin to appear worse before it gets better.

This does not necessarily mean the treatment is not working, but it indicates that the pigment is rising in the skin, which is what we want.

The treatment for pigmentation can be broken down into stages and steps.

See out dedicated webpage on Skin Pigmentation if you want to find out more

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