Hyperpigmentation Specialist

Hyperpigmentation Specialist

About Hyperpigmentation

If you’re frustrated with how your hyperpigmentation affects your appearance, the board-certified, experienced dermatologists at Southwest Michigan Dermatology have the expertise to treat your condition. They can determine its cause and offer solutions that even out your skin tone. To learn more about the right treatment for you, call the office nearest you in Portage, Michigan, to make an appointment, or request one online. 

Hyperpigmentation Q & A

What is hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation causes patches of skin to turn shades darker than your natural complexion, creating a contrast of color that can make you feel self-conscious.

The condition is typically manageable and harmless, and mostly cosmetic. It has a few types that include melasma and age spots. Melasma typically causes larger spots than age spots, but both can affect your skin tone.

What causes hyperpigmentation?

You develop hyperpigmentation when you have an overproduction of the pigment in your skin called melanin, which gives your skin color. This condition can occur for several reasons, some need treatment more than others. 

You can develop these dark spots and patches from:

  • Sun exposure
  • Skin trauma
  • Scarring
  • Acne
  • Oral contraception
  • Hormone fluctuations
  • Certain medications
  • Addison’s disease

The good news is most causes of hyperpigmentation aren’t serious. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have an evaluation from the experts at Southwest Michigan Dermatology. Go ahead and schedule an appointment to address your skin concerns to get the relief you need.

How is hyperpigmentation treated?

With several treatments, your hyperpigmentation can be reduced and help even out your skin tone. Topical creams containing ingredients like corticosteroids, azelaic acid, and retinoids can change everything. Your provider might also suggest a chemical peel to treat your issue.

If you have intensive dark spots, laser therapy might be your answer. This procedure allows the melanin in your skin to absorb laser light and then scatter, which helps your body easily flush out the excess and allow your surrounding cells and tissues to stay protected from any damage.

Your provider talks to you about the best treatment option for your hyperpigmentation during your consultation.

Can hyperpigmentation be prevented?

You can prevent hyperpigmentation from happening. Actions like protecting yourself from ultraviolet (UV) rays or avoiding tanning beds can play a helpful role in helping you avoid this issue. Use sunscreen at all times to block both UVA and UVB rays that can harm your skin.

If you have areas of hyperpigmentation, do your best not to rub or pick at areas that show symptoms. You don’t want these areas to worsen. 

If you’re ready to learn more about treatments for your hyperpigmentation, request an appointment online. You can also call the office to schedule.

Southwest Michigan Dermatology
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