How to Get Rid of Hyperpigmentation

Dec 06, 2022

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How to Get Rid of Hyperpigmentation

No matter how pale or dark your skin is, you may develop areas that are darker than others. Known as hyperpigmentation, these dark spots mar the clarity of your complexion and also might make you look older than you’d prefer.

If you’ve tried to fade dark spots on your own with DIY approaches, such as lemon juice or drugstore remedies, you’re probably pretty frustrated. Dark spots can be faded or erased with cutting-edge dermatologic therapies and technologies, but each type of hyperpigmentation — as well as your unique skin type and color — determine which treatment is best for you.

The good news is that hyperpigmentation is a common condition and only rarely poses a medical concern. However, you deserve to feel happy with your appearance, which may include fading or erasing dark spots.

Dr. Stephen O’Connell and our dedicated team at Serenity Rejuvenation Center offer a variety of therapies for unwanted hyperpigmentation at our Bellevue, Washington, office. During your personalized consultation, we determine the cause of your dark spots and select the therapies that are best for your skin color and type. 

Understanding hyperpigmentation

The most common causes of benign hyperpigmentation are:

  • Sun damage, including freckles, liver spots, and lentigines
  • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation from acne, bug bites, or other skin trauma
  • Benign pigmented lesions, such as moles
  • Melasma, which causes hormonally related red or dark patches

Some dark spots are a sign of skin cancer, including the highly malignant melanoma. If you notice any changes in your moles or new dark spots or moles or other lesions on your face, contact us immediately for a comprehensive skin evaluation.

Hyperpigmentation treatments

As long as your dark spots are benign, our team may choose from several therapies and technologies to treat them. Following are some options.

Chemical peels

chemical peel is a simple, minimally invasive treatment in which we brush a mild-to-strong acid on your face, neck, or hands to remove the topmost layer of your skin. Regular light chemical peels help your skin stay healthy and strong, because they encourage the production of new collagen and elastin. They also reveal fresh skin underneath dulling layers of dead skin. 

Light and moderate chemical peels are best for resolving mild hyperpigmentation. A one-time deep chemical peel may be advised to remove precancerous lesions, such as lentigines.

Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy

An intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment is often referred to as a “photofacial” because it uses light energy to improve the quality and appearance of your skin. During an IPL photofacial, your skin is gently heated so that it can more easily rid itself of old, dead cells.

Unlike lasers, IPL devices send out a variety of light wavelengths, so they treat more than one skin condition at once. In addition to helping with hyperpigmentation — such as liver spots, freckles, and birthmarks — IPL improves the texture of your skin and removes visible veins, such as spider veins on your cheeks or around your nose.

PicoSure Rejuvenation 

PicoSure® Focus by CynoSure® is a type of laser that improves skin quality and also removes hyperpigmented spots, including melasma lesions. In fact, PicoSure is the world's first and only FDA-cleared laser designed to clear and correct melasma. 

Melasma can be difficult to treat and often recurs. If you have melasma, Dr. O'Connell recommends PicoSure as a first-line treatment.

You can also use PicoSure to remove unwanted tattoos, freckles, sun damage, and wrinkles. Unlike many other laser-based therapies, PicoSure can be used on dark skin without the risk of further hyperpigmentation or damage.

Dr. O’Connell adjusts the wavelength in the PicoSure device depending on your skin type as well as the kind of lesion he’s treating. He may change settings several times during your session to address a variety of skin problems, including hyperpigmentation, scars, and poor skin laxity. 

Customized skin care

In addition to treating your current dark spots, our team also makes customized skin care recommendations to reduce the risk of more spots. For instance, we may recommend skin care products with retinol, to encourage faster skin cell turnover. We may also recommend effective, safe sunscreen products that reduce your risk for sun damage and dark spots.

Say good-bye to hyperpigmentation

Improve the beauty and clarity of your skin with dark spot treatment at Serenity Rejuvenation Center in Bellevue, Washington, today. Call 425-644-5560 or use our online contact form to request an appointment any time. 

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