Pigmentation

Spot The Difference

Darker spots on the skin can add years to your appearance. Hyperpigmentation can occur when the skin cells responsible for giving skin its colour (melanocytes) are damaged. This creates sun spots, age spots, freckles, melasma (see below) and pigmented acne scarring.

The cause of pigmentation changes may be from sun exposure, acne, injury, smoking, and as part of cell changes during the natural ageing process. It may also be hormonal. Up to 90% of pregnant women may experience pigmentation changes called melasma that affects their nose, cheekbones, upper lip and forehead, creating blotches of darker skin that can give them the appearance of wearing a mask.

We see and treat many men and women that feel self-conscious and vulnerable about the appearance of their ‘patchy’ skin, especially as it’s often not as easy as simply applying concealer to the affected areas. We have a number of treatments that can help reduce the appearance of pigmentation, including:

  • Skin needling
  • Chemical peels
  • Skincare products

We believe that prevention is key, so will discuss with you the best ways to prevent future pigmentation problems at your appointment, depending on what is causing your pigmentation change.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why does hyperpigmentation develop?
Your skin makes melanin, the pigment that gives your skin its colour. When the skin cells are damaged, they can produce excess melanin, resulting in darker spots and patches. This damage may be a result of sun exposure, acne, injury, smoking, hormones, and as part of cell changes during the natural ageing process.
How do chemical peels help?
Chemical peels accelerate the body’s natural exfoliation process. This means that you shed old, damaged skin cells, allowing new, even-toned skin cells to take their place
How does skin needling help?
Skin needling targets the melanocytes, stimulating the production of new cells, as well as the migration of existing cells. With the damaged cells being replaced, this helps to even out the skin tone while improving a dull skin tone and texture.
How do skin care products help?
We use a medically exclusive skin care range that is professionally formulated to help treat skin concerns including helping manage existing pigmentation, suppressing further pigmentation, restoring hydration, and improving texture concerns. They support and optimise the effects of the Byonik laser, helping you get the best outcomes from your treatment.
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