What is Hyperpigmentation?
Pigmentation is the color of an individual's skin tone. Melanin is a pigment that is formed by a group of cells. These group of cells determines the color. Overproduction of melanin causes the skin to darken, called hyperpigmentation, or “dark spots."
Although dark spots can be harmless, there is an underlying medical condition. Dark spots can occur on any part of the body. The most affected areas are the face, arms, and legs. These areas tend to be the most exposed to sunlight. Changes to the body, damage cells, or sun exposure are a few causes. A few examples are melasma, age spots, or sunspots. An appointment at Cloudmed Spa can help treat and dark spots.
AFT (Advanced Fluorescence Technology) is a low energy light facial laser procedure. This procedure removes damaged skin caused by sun exposure. AFT Laser targets dark spots on the skin, as well as redness and broken capillaries. It also treats more aggressive conditions such as Rosacea.
What is Melasma?
Melasma is dark patches on the face. Hormonal changes that occur in the body can cause this. Pregnancy, birth control pills, and hormone replacement therapies are some primary leading causes.
How to Treat Hyperpigmentation
At Cloud Med Spa, we offer a variety of treatments. Our goal is to reduce and remove the appearance of dark spots. Our highly trained and educated staff will tailor the right treatment for you.
Melanin production in your skin protects you from UV rays from sun exposure. The extent of sun exposure damage varies on the individual’s skin color and history of long-term exposure. Topical treatment is the first line of defense. Yet, when these fail, our treatments can reduce the appearance of sunspots.
Intense pulsed light (IPL) treats various types of skin for aesthetic purposes. IPL Photofacial treatment can also cure acne.
Chemical peels can treat dark spots by removing the top layer of damaged skin.
This procedure strips the top layer of the discolored skin, removing unwanted melanin. The new skin forms, reducing the appearance of dark spots.
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive procedure to rejuvenate appearance. It exfoliates and removes the topmost layer of the affected skin. The procedure treats light scarring, discoloration, and more.
The procedure can help lighten post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. The most common causes for the skin to darken are from acne, burns, or injuries. When trauma to the skin occurs, the body releases inflammatory cells. These cells cause melanocytes to produce more pigment in the skin. The procedure loosens and removes dead skin cells to reveal younger-looking cells.
Chemical Peels vs. Microdermabrasion
Chemical peels are a more efficient treatment than microdermabrasion for hyperpigmentation. However, microdermabrasion is a physically abrasive exfoliant that works on the surface level. Chemical peels work more subtly and deeper in the skin.
Both treatments remove the outer layers of skin. By doing so, this allows the skin cells to regenerate. Both treatments can irritate sensitive skin that is prone to scarring and inflammation. Those with dark skin should not use deep peels. Microdermabrasion can undergo any skin type or tone.
How to Prevent Pigmentation?
There are different preventative ways to reduce the appearance of darkened skin. Avoiding the sun is the easiest way. Sunscreen and sun protection can prevent further damages. Using sunscreen with SPF of 30 or greater can protect the skin. Wearing brim hats and long sleeve shirts can block sun exposure.
At Cloud Med Spa Beverly Hills, our staff can work with you to determine the best preventative care. We will customize your treatment base on the seriousness of the pigmentation.