Skin pigmentation can be a problem in lots of people – whether it’s a small patch, a larger area or covering the whole body. It’s classified as liver spots, melasma (a ‘dark mask’ commonly associated with pregnancy) and post-inflammatory (following a condition such as acne).
The problem can be caused by medication and/or certain illnesses, and even pregnancy, but the most common cause is sun exposure, which increases the melanin (pigment) in skin. At Dr Nicole Dermatology, a highly-regarded dermatologists & skin clinic near Lancashire, we can offer pigmentation treatment to help with this skin condition.
1) Preventing skin pigmentation
It’s possible to prevent skin pigmentation from occurring (though not always, as in the case of illness and medication). As sun exposure is a leading cause, covering up while outdoors, using suncream (at least SPF30) and avoiding strong sunlight (around 10am-4pm) can all help. Please note that certain factors, like genetics or having a darker skin type, may make you more at risk of developing pigmentation problems.
2) Treating naturally
There are some skin pigmentation treatments you can try from the comfort of your own home. Aloe vera gel and green tea, for example, may help to lighten skin. Lactic acid – an ingredienet in milk products – has also been shown to lighten the skin over time. However, results may only be subtle and may not be permanent.
3) Treating in-clinic
To get the best results and manage your condition long-term, we advise seeking skin pigmentation treatment at our skin clinic near Lancashire. There are various ways we can help with the concern, including:
– Skincare – Dr Nicole uses Dr Zein Obagi’s ZO Health line, which is dermatologist-created, to help balance skin tone.
– Chemical peels – known for sweeping away older skin layers, these help renew and rejuvenate skin.
– Laser therapy – ideal for targeting areas of redness and helping to resurface the skin.
4) Other factors
It’s possible diet could improve your hyperpigmentation. For instance, evidence suggests that both vitamins A and C can help repair collagen, and certain foods are known for being inflammatory – from omega-3 rich foods to avocados.
At our skin clinic near Lancashire, our Dermatologists are well-versed in all things hyperpigmentation, and can assess, treat and support you on your journey to healthier, improved skin. If you’re seeking skin pigmentation treatment, get in touch today and find out how we can help you.