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Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation explained

Skin pigment (melanin) is produced by melanocytes. These specialised cells determine skin tone and give some protection from the sun. Though age, sun exposure and trauma melanin can become unevenly spread leading to the appearance of uneven skin tone, dark marks or patches on the skin.

Skin brighteners contain ingredients known as tyrosinase inhibitors. These tyrosinase inhibitors help to balance pigment producing cells. They come in various strengths and work to target dark patches and result in even skin tone.

At Adonia Medical Clinic we have products and treatments which are able to tackle superficial as well as deep hyperpigmentation.

Causes

In many cases, hyperpigmentation is caused by prolonged sun exposure over time, however it can also develop due to inflammation or changes in hormone levels. The problem can affect all types of skin, including Asian, Black, Caucasian and mixed heritage. Some conditions include:

  • Freckles: small, coloured spots that are typically seen on fairer skin and develop to become darker during sunny weather. They can appear almost anywhere on the body.
  • Age spots: these lozenge-shaped spots are usually seen on the hands and limbs, but can develop anywhere. They are caused by UV exposure.
  • Melasma: also known as ‘pregnancy mask’, this creates dark patches of skin. We’ve detailed more about it on our Melasma page.
  • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation: the result of skin injury, for instance from acne, burns or clinical treatments.
  • Sun spots: known as solar lentigos
  • Uneven or irregular skin tone
  • Dark circles
  • Hyperpigmentation post trauma, bites
  • Hyperpigmentation post eczema or dermatitis
  • Traumatic Scars
  • Acne scarring
  • Hyperpigmentation on the body: due to chronic friction
  • Acanthosis nigricans: velvety thickened skin on the neck or underarms
  • Hyperpigmented: knees, elbows and knuckles due to trauma or friction

Treatment

We offer a comprehensive list of treatments to address hyperpigmentation. In order to adequately treat the concern first we need to understand the underlying cause. After a detailed history and examination, the expert team will put together a highly bespoke treatment plan adapted to your unique skin. This will usually include a review of current skincare and discussion of active ingredients. It may include intensive facials to improve skin hydration and chemical peels to address superficial and deep pigmentation. Other treatments such as microneedling and AquaGold may be suggested to address long standing hyperpigmentation.

If you are concerned about hyperpigmentation the first step to take is protecting your skin from the sun using SPF factor 30 or above and wearing protective clothing. Book in to be seen by a member of the expert team today.

Hyperpigmentation in Black and Asian Skin

Historically many products have been inadequate at addressing hyperpigmentation and dark spots in Black, those of African descent, Mixed heritage and Asian Skin. Dr Ejikeme and her expert team have been purposeful and diligent in attaining safe and effective products, procedures and technologies for all skin types. We are proud of the extensive range of evidence based and scientifically backed treatments hand selected for our patients.

Treatments

Chemical peels

Exfoliate skin, unblock the pores and boost skin healing

Facials

Medical-grade treatments to restore and resurface

Dermaplaning

Exfoliate the skin while boosting natural radiance

AquaGold

Needling delivery system that optimises skin

Skincare

Get tailored suggestions for your skin

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When it comes to your appearance, our skin experts at our Central London clinic can help target a range of concerns. We’re experts at treating Black, Asian, Caucasian and mixed heritage skin with our scientifically-led treatments, creating results that enhance and empower. Contact us today to find out how we can help.

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