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Top Five Things About Pigmentation

  1. Pigmentation describes a range of common conditions where there is brown discolouration of the skin, including freckles/naevi, melasma, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, age/liver spots, birth marks.
  2. Pigmentation is contributed to by many factors including genetics, sun exposure, hormonal changes and skin trauma.
  3. Choice of optimal treatments will depend on the cause and pattern of pigmentation but a combination approach is essential
  4. First line pigmentation treatment involves use of topical agents, superficial peels, prescription creams and sunblock.
  5. Second line pigmentation treatment involves use of laser and light sources such as BBL.

Pigmentation describes a range of conditions where the skin becomes blotchy or discoloured. Pigmentation can be caused by hormonal factors (eg. contraceptives or pregnancy), skin trauma, genetics and/or excessive sun exposure.

Skin pigments are the biological substances that produce skin colour. The main determinant of visible differences in skin colour is brown pigment which is known as melanin.

If you have an abnormal excess of melanin then you have a condition called hyperpigmentation (which is commonly just called pigmentation).  The excess melanin may be in the outer (epidermal) or inner (dermal) layers of the skin. The two commonest pigmentation disorders are post-inflammatory pigmentation and melasma.

Post-inflammatory Pigmentation

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is where dark patches of skin appear after something has caused skin inflammation. This can be caused by skin conditions such as dermatitis, psoriasis and acne or by skin trauma from things such as accidental injury or following skin treatment with things such as chemical peels, laser, waxing or electrolysis.

 

Melasma

Melasma is a common condition that primarily occurs in women of childbearing age. Both sun exposure and hormonal factors contribute. It appears on sun-exposed areas of the skin especially the face but also the forearms.

Pigmentation Treatment

The treatment of pigmentation will depend on the cause and pattern of the pigmentation. It may involve the use of a skin care regime tailored for you by our dermal therapists or a program utilising a prescription cream (from our doctors) containing hydroquinone and other ingredients to block pigment production.  The use of sunblock to restrict sun exposure is also important. Lasers and light sources can also be used to remove pigmentation. Depending on whether the pigmentation is epidermal or dermal will determine the choice of the most appropriate laser or BBL treatment to get the best result.

Combination treatment of topical agents (such as Synergie VaNIsh), superficial peels, prescription creams (such as hydroquinone), daily sunblock and laser/BBL are often required to achieve the optimum results.  Our dermal therapists can develop a tailored treatment plan for your individual needs.

Meet our Beauty/Dermal Therapist – Charlotte Wolf

Charlotte is a trained beauty therapist and is currently undertaking her degree in Dermal Therapy at Victoria University.  She offers brow and lash tinting, and brow shaping treatments with a keen eye for symmetry and beauty. Charlotte can treat difficult hair problems that are unsuitable for laser hair removal with electrolysis, including fair hair and facial areas. As a trained laser therapist Charlotte also performs laser hair removal for all hair areas.  Charlotte has a special interest in assessing skin conditions and preparing an individualised plan for clients to achieve their skin needs and resolve skin problems including acne, scarring, stretchmarks and signs of ageing. Treatments you can book with Charlotte include facials, microdermabrasion, skin needling, BBL (Broad Band Light) and photorejuvenation.

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