Pigmentation – The Different Types and Treatments Available

Pigmentation can be seen as dark patches, dark spots, or age spots. It can also appear as freckles and melasma. It can cause the skin to become dull and uneven in tone. Many pigmentation issues worsen in the spring and summer months as Ultra Violet Rays (UVR), trigger melanocytes and cause skin darkening.

There are many different types of pigmentation and treatment depending on whether it is a passive or inflammatory type of pigmentation. Pigmentation services repair and renew your skin with our state-of-the-art facial rejuvenation treatments. 

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Some forms of passive pigmentation include Chloasma and Melasma, associated with a hormonal trigger and subsequent cascade of Melanin Stimulating Hormone. This type of pigmentation can be a result of pregnancy (Chloasma) or medication such as the Birth Control Pill (Melasma).

Inflammatory pigmentation is common and can often be a result of some injury or trauma to the skin. The Fitzpatrick Scale is essential when considering pigmentation issues and a useful tool when considering treatment options. 

Pigmentation worsens when UVR triggers the pigment-producing cells (melanocytes). One of the only ways we have to successfully prevent this is to wear a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen.

But the first step is definitely to invest in a good quality sunscreen and introduce it into your daily skincare routine asap. A simple step but worth its weight in gold for those serious about improving pigmentation issues.