Melasma and Chloasma
There are many factors that can cause abnormal pigment in the skin. One of the most common is Melasma or Chloasma that occurs in women of childbearing age that is exacerbated by pregnancy and some oral contraceptives.
Melasma is treated with sun protection, skin care, avoidance of inappropriate hormones and use of depigmenting agents such as hydroquinone, kojic acid or azelaic acid. We also offer a Melasma peel, which gives excellent results.
Lentigines (sometimes called liver spots) typically appear on the back of the hands and on the face. They are flat, light brown areas that do not itch or scale.
Lentigines can be treated with IPL.
Pigmentation Caused Through Injury
Any condition that causes inflammation of the skin (such as acne, boils or burns) can cause over activity in melanocytes and increase in pigment levels. This is generally best treated with depigmenting agents and skin care but occasionally treatment with a laser may be required. No matter what the cause of increased pigment, sun protection using reflective sunscreens is the key element.
See our ‘Guide to Pigmentation‘ for more information on pigmentation and treatment.
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