WHAT IS IT? WHAT ARE CAUSES/ SYMPTOMS AND/OR SIGNS?
Hyperpigmentation can be an unwanted consequence of internal physical factors and/or external factors which can include hormonal changes, sun exposure, skin type, trauma and the skin’s natural ageing process. Presenting as areas of uneven skin tone, darkness, age spots or freckles, pigmentation occurs when excess melanin (skin pigment) has been stimulated. Factors that may contribute to this process can be divided into external, internal and genetic triggers:
WHAT CAUSES PIGMENTATION?
- Sun damage
- Skin type
- Skin trauma/Injury
- Environmental exposure
- Environmental changes
- Uric acid (sweat burn)
- Trauma, medications and medical conditions
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF PIGMENTATION?
Epidermal Pigmentation (Superficial) usually affects lighter skin tones, and is usually caused by sun damage. Some examples of Superficial pigmentation include:
- Sun spots
- Age spots
Dermal Pigmentation (Deeper) which can be caused by trauma, medications and hormonal factors, can present itself as:
- Pigmented acne scarring
Hyperpigmentation is not just restricted to the facial area and commonly presents on the shoulders, neck, décolletage, backs of the hands and bikini area. Pigmentation affects all skin colours and all skin types and conditions. Any form of hyperpigmentation may be further aggressed by sun exposure and the daily use of an SPF30 or greater sunscreen on all affected areas is crucial.
SKIN CARE PRODUCTS
Melanin inhibitors, Retinol A, Vit C and B Serums can help to lighten and brighten skin.
Chemical Peels are an exceptional choice for the treatment of hyperpigmentation. Sublime 571 offers many different types of peels that that are specifically formulated to help even out the overall skin tone, treat hyperpigmintation, fine lines and wrinkles, while leaving the skin hydrated.
Skin Needling is highly effective for treating hyperpigmentation. Microneedling involves piercing the skin with microneedles to create small wounds, causing skin cells to regenerate. The regeneration of skin cells that micro needling causes can disperse clusters of melanin, lightening dark spots.
The Sublime Approach
Before any treatment commences an initial consultation is required. Consultations are complimentary. Antiwrinkle injections can be included in this time. Your medical history and skin concerns will be assessed. It is an opportunity for your questions to be answered. Together we discuss a suitable treatment plan. You are under no obligations to undergo treatment then and there, you may wish to have a think about it first, and book in for treatment later.