At VIDA, clients can explore a suite of options to treat hyperpigmentation and achieve more even, beautiful skin. Everyone has pigment in their skin, but hyperpigmentation results in spots and areas of discoloration. This can include brown spots, age spots, moles, or bigger patches like melasma. Rosacea is a type of hyperpigmentation, and of course sun damage is notorious for revealing itself in time. Usually an increase in pigmentation isn’t dangerous, but it can be—hyperpigmentation in some cases can be a sign of a medical condition or even skin cancer.

Melasma is a common type of hyperpigmentation thought to be linked to hormonal changes. This hyperpigmentation can appear anywhere on the body, but is most common on the face and stomach. It usually goes away, but can be helped with treatments such as laser skin rejuvenation. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation results from injury or skin issues, such as acne. Various treatments, such as microneedling, can help fade this type of hyperpigmentation.

How to Treat Excessive Pigmentation

The treatment plan will depend on the type of pigmentation and the cause. Darkened parts of the skin can range from very small to large and occur anywhere on the body. Inflammation and sun exposure are the two most common reasons the body produces more melanin in a specific area. Melanin is the pigment that gives skin its color, and is created by our melanocytes. We all have melanin in our body already, but various conditions can change how much melanin is produced—and where.

Chemical peels, microneedling, and laser skin rejuvenation are three common ways to treat hyperpigmentation. At-home skin care regimens are also important to minimize the visibility of these skin imperfections. However, stopping hyperpigmentation before it begins is equally critical and this starts with proper sunscreen usage. Sunscreens should be medical-grade, broadband, and applied liberally every 75 minutes you’re exposed to UV rays. VIDA offers numerous options for pigmentation treatment as well as skin care products including sunscreen that’s available for pick-up or that can be ordered with free shipping. Call (503) 399-0021 to learn more about treating and preventing hyperpigmentation.