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Frequently Asked Questions about Hyperpigmentation

Posted By: Lic. Silvia Derasner | October 13th, 2017 | Blog


Hyperpigmentation is a troublesome skin condition, and if you have been dealing with it for a long time you understand how frustrating it can be to treat. Thankfully, a professional skin care clinic in Toronto, such as the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic, can provide effective treatment with the Laser Spectra Peel. This gentle procedure has little to no downtime, and is effective at removing already existing hyperpigmentation. Here are some frequently asked questions about the skin condition, and how our clinic can help provide the solutions you need.

What Is Skin Hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is defined by an overproduction of melanin that typically makes the skin appear darker and blotchy in certain places. This skin condition usually falls into one of three categories: actinic lentigines or sun spots, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and Melasma. Although hyperpigmentation is not harmful, it can make people very self-conscious and can be stubborn to treat. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is caused by inflammation (after acne, eczema, or allergic reactions) and from trauma to the skin (surgery, incorrect microdermabrasion use, lasers, chemical peels, etc.). This trauma encourages the release of inflammatory cells that cause pigment cells to produce extra pigment in the skin.

What Causes Hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is typically caused by sun-related UV exposure. This leads to the overproduction of melanin, which rises to the surface of the epidermis, creating a dark spot or dark patch on the skin.

Hyperpigmentation can occur as a result of sunbathing, using tanning beds, and avoiding the use sunscreen. Over time, excessive sun exposure can produce sunspots, age spots, and dark spots. Melasma, however, is caused by an imbalance of hormones, and is more common in pregnant women. Melasma can also be caused by genetic makeup, passing from one generation to the next.

How Can I Make Hyperpigmentation Marks Fade Faster?

If you want to treat hyperpigmentation at home, there are professional-grade skincare products that have ingredients to treat these disorders, however, product treatments can take a long time to treat and aren’t as effective in lightening the area of discolouration. While treating hyperpigmentation, it is highly recommended to wear high SPF sun protection to avoid further damage from the sun. Professional estheticians can help give you advice on an effective daily skin lightening regimen.

How Can I Prevent Hyperpigmentation by Wearing Sunscreen?

Although sunscreen can be a part of preventing hyperpigmentation from getting worse, it takes a proper skincare regimen, and professional-grade skincare products to achieve long-term prevention. These products can slowly eliminate patches and spots of discolouration. As for Melasma, because it is a hormonal issue, sunscreen and skin products alone may not be enough to treat it. Thankfully, there are other procedures that can be done to treat Melasma and reduce the rate of frequent flare-ups.

What Treatments Are Effective for Hyperpigmentation?

There are different ways to treat hyperpigmentation, and some are more effective than others. Dermatologist can recommend medical treatments that are more aggressive and invasive. These may include prescription medications or chemical peels. These treatments often have long down times, and in some cases, can cause more damage to the skin. They can even make hyperpigmentation more noticeable. But thanks to modern technology, there have been advancements in hyperpigmentation treatments that are effective and far less damaging on your skin. One of these treatments is known as the Laser Spectra Peel. This hyperpigmentation treatment uses heat and light to target the darkened spots, and remove them. Bursts of energy essentially break up the melanin in the area, which is then absorbed into the body and disappears over time.

Are the Results Permanent?

The Laser Spectra Peel treatment is permanent in that once the lesions have been removed, they will not return. However, aging, hormone changes and UV exposure can stimulate new hyperpigmentation. The laser treatments can treat areas that have already been affected, but cannot prevent new hyperpigmentation from occurring.

Get Permanent Solutions for Hyperpigmentation

If you want hyperpigmentation treatment in Toronto, visit the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic. We use the latest clinical methods to provide high-quality anti-aging skin and body care for our clients, including the Spectra Laser Peel treatment for hyperpigmentation. We support and advise our patients to help them make informed and appropriate decisions about their skin, health, and body confidence, and we strive to provide the best skin rejuvenation services in the city. To learn more about our skincare treatments and services, or to book your appointment, contact us at 416.546.4664or by email at info@AntiAgingToronto.ca.

With an MBA in computer science, Silvia started out in the IT field with proven success working on strategic initiatives with executive leaders to align an organization’s culture, capabilities, and structure, with business strategies. This career has lead her to a business path founding the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic in 2012. Silvia now holds a diploma in medical esthetics with interests in anti-aging skincare, evening out skin tone and texture, scalp hair regrowth, body contouring and laser hair removal treatments. Silvia believes in the importance of building open, trusting relationships with her clients and prides herself on excellent customer service. Whether it’s developing the business or awarding her clients with significant results, Silvia is committed to offering only the best. Silvia is the finance director and a medical esthetician at Anti Aging Toronto Clinic. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.

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