Hyperpigmentation: why it happens and what to do about it

Do you have patches or spots of skin which are noticeably darker in color than the surrounding skin? It’s likely hyperpigmentation.

The darkening is a result of excess melanin production, which can be caused by excessive sun, pregnancy, ultraviolet lights and even computer screens.

“This is why SPF should be used every single day,” said Kathe Malinowski, lead esthetician and marketing manager for Eterna MedSpa & Laser Vein Center. “The majority of sun damage is caused before the age of 18. As we get older this hyperpigmentation comes up and shows up as brown patches on your skin.”

Melasma is a form of hyperpigmentation which is usually caused from pregnancy and will linger after pregnancy as a result of hormones.

Is the condition a concern for you? Don’t fret, said Malinowski, as there are products available to tackle it effectively.

“Hyperpigmentation can be treated with topical applications of Hydroquinone and Tretinoin,” she said.

Other treatment options offered at Eterna include chemical peels, which can help reduce skin discoloration, and BroadBand Light Photorejuvenation, a light-based technology which targets sun damage.

“Depending on your skin type, treatments vary,” Malinowski said. “The best thing to do is to come in and have a free consultation with an Eterna esthetician and a customized treatment plan can be made.”

Additionally, the daily application of sunscreen can go a long way in preventing hyperpigmentation.

“Keep in mind even if you don’t leave the house you should still apply your SPF because of exposure to ultraviolet light and computer screens,” Malinowski said.

And if you are going to be outside for an extended period of time, make sure to reapply your SPF every couple of hours.

“It isn’t one and done,” said Malinowski.

Eterna MedSpa & Laser Vein Center : 217 Vertin Boulevard, Shorewood, 60404 : 815.254.8888 : https://www.eternalaser.com/