Looking to brighten up your skin this winter? One mode of treatment may not be enough. Effective treatment for hyperpigmentation includes clinical procedures combined with a daily skin care regimen at home. Over time, this combination will reduce the appearance of discoloration and minimize its reoccurrence.
Types of hyperpigmentation:
Freckles: genetic condition. Appears anywhere on body, predominately on face.
Melasma: hormonally-induced. Most commonly occurs on face and is generally symmetrical with defined edges. Sometimes called butterfly mask.
Actinic keratoses: occurs on any part of the body where skin has been overexposed to UV and is considered precancerous. May be flat or raised, red or brown in color.
Sun spots/Solar lentigines: Occurs anywhere on body that has been exposed to UV. May be flat and irregular.
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH): Caused by post acne marks.
We provide chemical peels in office. Chemical peels reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, smooth skin texture and improve the overall tone. A solution is applied to the skin to resurface the outer layer. Over the next week – post treatment, your skin may begin to slough off, revealing a brighter complexion. Chemical peels vary in strength and which one used will be determined by a skin care professional. The number of treatments will vary based on your skin care concerns.
Daily regimens may be long and require continued use, but when compliant, studies show noticeable results within 12 weeks. SkinCeuticals antioxidants provide broad-range environmental protection against UVA/UVB and pollution. Phloretin CF is our antioxidant of choice for hyperpigmentation. Found in the peel of green apples, Phloretin CF inhibits excess melanin production, so it gives you that extra protection alongside your broad spectrum SPF. This treatment is to be used in the morning after cleansing your face.
With SkinCeuticals newest product, Discoloration Defense, you may see results in as little as 2 weeks. This treatment is hydroquinone-free and formulated for hard-to-treat discoloration, including post-acne marks and melasma. Its active ingredients provide a multi-mode mechanism of action to address multiple triggers of hyperpigmentation within the skin. With continued use, Discoloration Defense minimizes the reoccurrence of discoloration. This treatment is to be used in the morning and evening after cleansing and antioxidant.
Topical retinols are recommended to improve visible signs of aging and dark spots. SkinCeuticals Retinol creams utilizes a time-released system which minimizes erythema, commonly associated with retinol use. The soothing, anti-inflammatory cream eliminates the need for additional moisturizer in the evening. This formula will not clog pores and helps prevent formation of whiteheads and blackheads. This treatment is to be used in the evening, after cleansing and before your nighttime antioxidant. You will need to titrate incorporating a retinol into your skincare regime. Start using twice weekly, then progress to more as you become more tolerant to the product. Light peeling/flaking and temporary redness is normal.
It is imperative when beginning an effective discoloration regimen, you use a broad spectrum 30+ SPF. We have sunscreens available for all skin types for daily use.