Hyperpigmentation is quite a common condition affecting different skin areas. This is when some areas of the skin become darker than others. Hyperpigmentation is also known as “sun spots”, “age spots,” or “liver damage”. Hyperpigmentation typically appears as light brown, brown, gray, or even black patches on the skin. Hyperpigmentation is quite common on the face and the hands, but it can also appear elsewhere on the body. Facial hyperpigmentation can become unaesthetic because the skin does not have a unified tone, and this is where professional hyperpigmentation treatments can help.
Your skin gets its color from “melanin”, and when the skin cells that produce melanin become damaged, this is when hyperpigmentation occurs. The cells start producing too much melanin, which is when hyperpigmentation occurs. There is a wide range of issues that can be linked to hyperpigmentation. Some of these include adrenal disorders, genetics, changes in hormone levels, skin injury, medications (such as oral contraceptives or certain medications that cause light sensitivity), vitamin b12 deficiency, thyroid-related disorders, and so on. The good news is that hyperpigmentation or “age spots” can be treated with laser treatments.
Some of the lifestyle changes you need to implement if hyperpigmentation is a problem include:
- It will help if you avoid overexposure to the sun. Always use a high-factor sunscreen and protective clothing to protect your skin as much as possible
- Start taking more vitamins, as directed by your doctor
- Switching the medications that are causing light sensitivity
There are also different treatment methods available. You can use specific prescriptions or over-the-counter topical creams, as your doctor recommends. Then, there is pigmented lesion laser or laser skin also resurfacing available. This is a non-invasive, non-painful treatment with excellent results. With laser skin resurfacing, it is possible to reduce scars and wrinkles while removing lesions and lightening skin. If age spots or hyperpigmentation bother you, you can get an even and beautiful skin tone with laser skin resurfacing. However, to prevent the reappearance of these spots, you need to pay more attention to skincare (especially the use of sunscreen).