Why hyperpigmentation occurs and how you can treat it

The skin can change with time. Patients who are aging may notice the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Veins may become noticeable on the legs and face, and spots sometimes called “age spots” can appear on the skin as well. Age spots are just one of many types of hyperpigmentation that can occur. Hyperpigmentation is the development of extra melanin in the skin that creates an area of darker skin on the face or body. Many patients who visit Remington Laser Dermatology Centre may complain about the formation of pigmentation on the skin and want to find a solution to reduce or eliminate it.

What causes hyperpigmentation?

Pigmentation concerns often have different causes. Many spots or coloration on the skin are caused by:

  • Excessive sun exposure
  • Sun damage
  • Inflammation
  • Hormonal changes
  • Acne (acne scarring)
  • Birthmarks

How can I treat my hyperpigmentation?

The first step in successfully addressing hyperpigmentation is to determine its cause. Hyperpigmentation on the skin may occur with time or happen almost overnight. By getting a proper diagnosis from Drs. Todd and Kent Remington, patients can then work with their provider to find ways to reduce the pigmentation and even out the skin tone once again.

Patients who have darker skin tones may experience more problems in treating hyperpigmentation, as their skin already has an extensive amount of melanin present. It is a good idea that these patients understand the importance of using the right treatment to avoid problems. Intense pulsed light, laser therapies, and hydroquinone will not have the same effect on patients with darker skin as those with fairer skin. An evaluation allows our team to provide the best treatment option for an individual based on their needs. Treatments may include topical creams, prescription products, or light therapies to break down melanin and fade away skin imperfections.

Schedule a visit at Remington Laser Dermatology Centre

Talk to your dermatologist today if you have concerns regarding hyperpigmentation or other skincare issues. By being proactive and using effective treatments, patients can minimize the overproduction of melanin and maintain a more even complexion with the care of our team. The facility of Drs. Todd and Kent Remington is conveniently located at 150-7220 Fisher Street SE in Calgary, Alberta.

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