One of the most common skin disorders that patients express concern over is hyperpigmentation. Whether it’s melasma, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, or sun spots; discolouration of the skin can be distressing and frustrating to treat.
What Causes Hyperpigmentation
Hyper-pigmentation is caused by production of excess melanin, the pigment responsible for producing skin and eye colour. Melanin is produced by melanocytes that can be stimulated by UV rays, hormones, or inflammation which causes more melanin deposition in the skin.
How to Approach Treatment
An effective treatment plan for hyperpigmentation involves a multifaceted approach and commitment to ongoing treatment. Hyperpigmentation won’t go away overnight, but with the right combination of treatments can be very well managed with time. Some of our favourites include:
Medical peels. Medical grade peels help to combat hyperpigmentation by providing deep exfoliation and skin resurfacing. Using varying strengths of medical grade alpha and beta hydroxy acids, peels can be customized to all skin types.
Microneedling with PRF. Platelet rich fibrin (PRF) delivers a slow release of concentrated platelets and growth factors into the skin. In combination with microneedling it helps to combat hyperpigmentation and maintain skin tone. Studies have demonstrated improvement in treatment resistant melasma with repeated concentrated platelet therapy.
Brightening Hydrafacial. This medical grade facial combines the classic 3-step Hydrafacial with Britenol, a potent skin brightener with alpha arbutin, vitamin C, and bearberry extract. Regular Hydrafacials are a great way to optimize and maintain skin luminosity with no downtime.
Home Care Line Up
Home care is an absolute must to maintain and extend the results of any in office treatments. Medical grade skin care is well worth the investment when it comes to hyperpigmentation. An at home regime with our favourite Alumier products might involve:
Lightening Lotion: the heavy hitter containing liquorice root extract and hydroquinone, a well known and well researched active ingredient for skin lightening
EvenTone Serum: a clinic favourite, EvenTone is a hydroquinone-free skin brightening serum with white shiitake mushroom, liquorice root extract, and B-white, a liposomal peptide that evens out skin tone and decreases pigmentation
EverActive C&E: a potent antioxidant serum with 15% USP grade L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C), vitamin E, and peptides to brighten the skin
Sheer Hydration Board Spectrum Sunscreen: a non-negotiable when dealign with hyperpigmentation. Regardless of the cause, treatment of hyperpigmentation requires that the area stay protected from the sun. We like a physical block sunscreen to provide complete and long lasting protection from UV rays
Dr. Alanna Rinas, ND