If you’re frustrated with how your hyperpigmentation affects your appearance, the board-certified dermatologists at Southwest Michigan Dermatology have the expertise to treat your condition. They can determine its cause and offer solutions that help 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.
What is hyperpigmentation?
Hyperpigmentation is a condition where patches of skin 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 usually 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:
The good news is most causes of hyperpigmentation aren’t serious. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have an evaluation from a dermatologist.
How is hyperpigmentation treated?
With several treatments, your hyperpigmentation can be reduced creating a more even skin tone. Topical creams containing ingredients like corticosteroids, azelaic acid, and retinoids can make a big difference. Your provider might also suggest a chemical peel to treat the condition. If you have intense dark spots, laser therapy might be your answer.
Your provider talks with you about the best treatment option for your hyperpigmentation during your consultation.
Can hyperpigmentation be prevented?
You can help prevent hyperpigmentation from happening by protecting yourself from ultraviolet (UV) rays or avoiding tanning beds. 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 our office to schedule.