As we head into Spring, the sun is slowly poking its head out of the clouds to spread warmth and light and awaken our skin from the cold of winter.

While the sun’s warmth can make us feel good inside and out, did you know that exposure to the sun is the number one cause of hyperpigmentation of the skin?

What is hyperpigmentation?
Hyperpigmentation is caused by an over production of melanin in the cells of our body, which causes spots or patches on your skin to appear darker than surrounding areas.

It is a very common skin condition that affects people of all skin types and is most likely to affect those areas that generally experience higher levels of sun exposure, including the face, arms and legs.

Sun spots, age spots and melasma are all forms of hyperpigmentation.

How does sun exposure impact on skin pigmentation?
Sun exposure is the number one cause of hyperpigmentation. This is because sunlight is what triggers the skin’s production of melanin in the first place.

Melanin is the pigment that gives skin its colour and acts as a natural sunscreen by protecting the skin from harmful UV rays. However, prolonged exposure to the sun’s UV rays can disrupt this process and lead to hyperpigmentation.

Preventing hyperpigmentation
The best way to prevent hyperpigmentation of your skin is to protect yourself from the sun. Using an SPF 30+ sunscreen daily will help to give your skin the protection it needs. We stock a number of dermatologically tested sunscreens at DermCosmesis, to help protect your skin against the sun’s rays.

Limiting the amount of time you spend in the sun may also help reduce instances of hyperpigmentation. In particular, you should try to keep out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day and wear protective clothing, including a hat and sunglasses, whenever possible.

Treatments for hyperpigmentation
At DermCosmesis, we offer several treatments that can help in the reduction and treatment of hyperpigmentation.

These include our:

  1. Dermamelan Peel – which works by having an intensive corrective effect on skin hyperpigmentation while regulating the overproduction of melanin by the melanocytes inhibiting and controlling the appearance of new dark spots;
  2. Microdermabrasion – a minimally invasive skin treatment that works to remove dead skin and stimulate collagen production to restore the skin’s elasticity and even out skin tone; and
  3. Excel V Laser – which can be used for the treatment of a variety of hyperpigmentation issues and is suitable for all skin types. It works by administering a laser that is absorbed by abnormal blood vessels in the skin. As the laser heats these vessels it causes the vein walls to collapse and shut so that, over time, the vessels will no longer be visible.

It’s important to be aware that a combination of and/or several treatments may be necessary to achieve the desired results and results can vary between patients.

Contact us for a free consultation!
If you are concerned about hyperpigmentation, then why not contact us for a free consultation? One of our skin specialists will work with you to help find the most suitable treatment for your skin.

To book in your free consultation, please contact the team at DermCosmesis here>>