Pigmentation is the generalised term to changes in skin tone from a range of causes. Skin pigmentation can be found all over the body, but generally, appear on the face.
Our skin gets its colour from a pigment called melanin. If your body produces too much melanin, your skin will get darker. And if your body doesn't create enough melanin, your skin gets lighter.
Do you suffer from Pigmentation ?
Melanocytes are specialised cells within the epidermis which produce a pigment called melanin. This is distributed throughout the epidermis in small bundles called melanosomes which protect the DNA of skin cells from UV damage. That’s why when we tan from sun exposure; our skin darkens from melanin - the more melanocytes in our skin, the more melanin we produce, the easier we tan.
Damage to these cells caused by excessive UV exposure (Sunburn), thermal injury (ie. a burn of any description) or inflammation, can result in them behaving abnormally and thus producing pigmentation.
There are several types of pigmentation. An assessment is essential as the treatment plan will vary.
Pigmentation can be caused from:
Sun damage - such as freckles / age spots / sun spots
Melasma / Chloasma – hormonal
Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH): often following severe acne or injury the skin has sustained
At Dermal Resolutions, we may recommend the following treatment options for Pigmentation
v SkinPEN (Collagen Induction Therapy)
v Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
v Cutera Limelight
v Skin Resurfacing chemical treatments
v Professional Home skincare