Best ways to treat and prevent hyperpigmentation

Do some areas of your skin appear darker than others?

It’s likely hyperpigmentation, a condition that occurs when skin produces too much melanin, the dark pigment responsible for giving humans different skin colors.

Hyperpigmentation stems from a variety of issues, said Kathe Malinowski, lead esthetician and marketing manager for Eterna MedSpa & Laser Vein Center.

“One is melasma which is also known as pregnancy mask,” she said.

The condition is caused in part by hormonal changes within the body.

Different medications can also lead to hyperpigmentation. But the most common cause is sun exposure. Luckily, there are several ways to treat it.

Those who like to follow a well-rounded skincare regimen should consider the Obagi NuDerm system, which is retin-a (Tretinoin) and hydroquinone-based.

“This helps to turn over the skin and slough off dead skin along with the hyperpigmentation,” Malinowski said.

BroadBand Light Photorejuvenation, an innovative light-based technology, can also help reduce the appearance of age spots and sun damage.

Another effective treatment? Chemical peels.

“Specifically, the TCA chemical peel which uses trichloroacetic acid to improve the skin’s appearance,” Malinowski said.

Eterna offers the TCA Light peel for lighter hyperpigmentation, and the TCA Strong peel for severe hyperpigmentation. The peels should be done in a series of three to five treatments, depending on which option. Not sure which peel is right for you? Consult with an Eterna MedSpa esthetician.

The most important thing individuals can do to prevent hyperpigmentation is to wear a daily SPF to protect the skin. It is also recommended to reapply every couple of hours if you are going to be outside for a prolonged period of time.

Eterna MedSpa & Laser Vein Center : 217 Vertin Boulevard, Shorewood, 60404 : 815.254.8888 :