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What Causes Hyperpigmentation and How Can It Be Treated?

Posted By: Lic. Silvia Derasner | December 1st, 2017 | Blog
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Have you been struggling with hyperpigmentation? Our skin is prone to numerous problems, and they are triggered by genetics, hormonal imbalances, bad hygiene, and other environmental factors. One of the most common skin problems people face is hyperpigmentation, which is treatable with medication and some home remedies. However, some people experience more severe and stubborn hyperpigmentation, and for these cases professional treatment is required. The Spectra Peel laser treatment is designed to resolve these issues permanently. Here’s what you need to know about hyperpigmentation, and how the Spectra Peel treatment can help you.


What Is Hyperpigmentation?

The excess production of melanin by the melanocyte cells in your body is known as hyperpigmentation. Typically harmless, it is a condition in which patches of skin become darker than the surrounding skin. There are several factors that contribute to hyperpigmentation, and some of the most common causes are outlined below.


Causes of Hyperpigmentation


Changes in Hormones

Hyperpigmentation has often been associated with pregnancy, as the rise in estrogen and progesterone during this time can be a cause of the skin condition. Birth control pills can also have this effect. One condition technically called Melasma is also known as the Pregnancy Mask.


Sun Damage

Your skin can be damaged by too much UV exposure, whether from using tanning beds or the sun, this damage can cause brown spots and hyperpigmentation from the overproduction of melanin. These spots are a sign that you have had too much UV exposure, so be sure that whenever you go outdoors you apply broad-spectrum SPF sun lotion, and you reapply after a two or three hours of sun exposure.


Skin Injuries

Cuts, and pimples can damage your skin, leading to an excess of melanin production. If you suffer any kind of skin damage, your body tries to repair and cope with it by flaring up. This reaction boosts the production of melanocytes in the skin, as it regenerates pigments. If the skin pigments cannot be regenerated, dark ones are generated over the injured site. Eczema, for example, is one kind of skin damage that contributes to hyperpigmentation.


Medications and Treatments for Hyperpigmentation

Some topical medications can help treat hyperpigmentation, but if it turns your skin red, it may be a sign that it is far too strong for your skin. If a treatment has discoloured your skin, this is known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Be sure to test a product on a small area of your skin to see if you have a reaction, before applying it all over the affected areas.


Get Permanent Solutions for Hyperpigmentation

If you want hyperpigmentation treatment that works and keeps your skin clear, visit the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic. Serving our GTA clients and located only a few blocks south of the 401, we use the latest clinical methods to provide high-quality anti-aging skin and body care for our clients, including the Spectra carbon laser peel treatment. 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 skin care treatments and services, or to book your appointment today, contact us at 416.546.4664 , or e-mail us at info@AntiAgingToronto.ca. Feel free to visit us to speak with our specialists.


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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