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Hyperpigmentation can take many forms, like sunspots, scars from acne, or even uneven brown patches on the face—and it’s relatively common. According to the International Dermal Institute, a common form of hyperpigmentation, melasma, affects 5 million Americans.

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Hyperpigmentation is described as patches of skin which become darker in color due to deposits of excess melanin, which is pigment naturally produced by the body. It can be seen in three variations: post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, following injury or inflammation to the skin; lentigines, which are discrete spots caused by sun damage or age; or melasma, which is caused by hormonal fluctuations, like pregnancy or thyroid dysfunction.

How do you treat it?

In-office procedures, like Photofacials, Superficial Resurfacing, Fraxel Laser Resurfacing, Microdermabrasion, and Chemical Peels, are highly-targeted and can be effective after a few treatments. Our providers can recommend at-home care tips for in between visits. For example, exfoliation and gentle at-home microdermabrasion sweeps away dead skin cells and encourages new cellular regeneration.

How do you prevent it?

Sunscreen, like EltaMD, helps prevent pigmentation by protecting the skin from ultraviolet (UV) exposure and by containing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredients that prevent free-radical damage to the skin, mitigating post-sun damage, inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This is the most important step—and we’re not kidding. The ultimate way to fight dark spots (and every other thing that will make you look older than you are…) is through a thorough application—and reapplication—of SPF every day.

Looking for a targeted treatment for hyperpigmentation? Get in touch to schedule a consultation today at 512.379.6090, or book your appointment online.