Hyperpigmentation and Melasma


Facial Hyperpigmentation can be treated in various ways depending on the severity of the skin problem. The first protocol is to evaluate if the hyperpigmentation areas are dermal pigmentation or epidermal pigmentation.

Dermal Pigmentation is deeper and is very difficult to remove. In most cases, this type of hyperpigmentation will require long term treatment consisting of certain types of peels and de-pigmentation products which the patient will use at home for a certain period of time to complement the results of the peel.

For many people who overexposed their skin to the sun when they were younger will see age spots and sun spots as an inevitable consequence that leave the skin looking damaged. Even in the short term, exposure to too much sun can leave skin freckled of their skin lighter than others. Menopause is another common cause of skin hyperpigmentation. Many people who suffer from acne in their younger years are left with undesirable acne scars that have a different skin colour to the rest of their face.

Hyperpigmentation is best treated by a skin care professionals. However, there are a few things that can be done at home to help improve pigmented lesions. Products containing skin lightening agents can be used in combination with peels to reduce the effects of Hyperpigmentation.

Prevention is your best defence and to prevent Hyperpigmentation, one needs to use a full spectrum sun block every day. Skin types 4-6 should also use sun block even though this skin types do not burn easily. The purpose of sun protection is not to prevent burning but to prevent harmful sun rays from damaging the skin resulting in Hyperpigmentation and premature ageing. The effect of extensive sun exposure over your lifetime will cause the skin to develop skin imperfections in your later years which can be very difficult to treat or to remove.

In our clinic we offer a range non-prescription and precsciption skin care products as well as chemical skin peel to treat Hyperpigmentation.