Hyperpigmentation results from the excessive production of the skin pigment melanin. This can lead to the appearance of localised patches of darker skin, which can be distressing.
Hyperpigmentation can affect all skin types but generally people with darker skin tones are more prone to it. In addition, patients of Asian, African and Mediterranean origin can also develop more severe forms.
There are three main types:
1. Melasma; Usually caused by hormonal changes, especially those during pregnancy and use of oral contraceptive pill. Melasma typically affects women between the ages of 20 and 40.
2. UV damage; UV light stimulates melanocyte activity and leads to excess melanin production. This results in sun spots or solar lentigos, commonly seen affecting the face, hands and torso.
3. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation; resulting from skin injury e.g. acne lesions, chronic eczema or laser burns.
Common Treatment Options
Skyn Doctor in Huddersfield offers a range of industry leading treatments to treat pigmentation. Our treatment regimes involve use of the latest skin care technology with products specifically designed to address your pigmentation concerns. During the consultation, our doctor will carry out a detailed skin analysis and advise you of the best regimen suited for your individual case.