Skin Pigmentation FAQs

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  • Skin pigmentation FAQ
  • How do you treat skin pigmentation issues?

    Skin pigmentation can be treated in a number of ways. One of the ways is by using light chemical peels, and what they do is they cause an accelerated exfoliation of the skin and remove the top layers of the skin. Laser and light treatments can also be used. We can use something called intense pulsed light, or there are other certain laser treatments that can also be used to treat pigmentation. There is a specific type of skin pigmentation called melasma which doesn't respond as well to laser, but your dermatologist will be able to guide you on the type of pigmentation you've got and the best treatment plan for you.

  • What are skin pigmentation issues?

    So, skin pigmentation can manifest in a number of ways. The most common skin pigmentation issues we see are age Spots and melasma. Age spots tend to develop in very fair skin and they look like sort of brown freckling that can often develop in sun-exposed sites. So you often see it on the face, the neck, the back of the hands, and the front of the chest. Melasma is a separate condition. It's a chronic condition where you can get pigmentation that can be related to hormonal changes. So it often develops during pregnancy and can also develop as a result of using the contraceptive pill. So separate issues, similar treatments.

  • What causes skin pigmentation issues?

    So skin pigmentation occurs as a result of ultraviolet light exposure, which is cumulative. With each year of life you get a little bit more sun and a little bit more sun. So as time goes on, more pigmentation will develop.

  • How many treatment sessions are needed for skin pigmentation issues?

    Treating pigmentation will actually require a number of treatment sessions depending on what the underlying cause of the pigmentation is, if that's age spots or soleil ontogenese [SP] or melasma. But, usually, you're looking at three to six treatments depending on that being a cause of light, laser, or peel treatments. Your dermatologist will be able to guide you.

  • How should I protect my skin if it’s prone to pigmentation issues ?

    The best way to treat skin or manage skin that is prone to pigmentation is making sure that you're wearing regular sunscreen on a daily basis. People who are prone to skin pigmentation should be using about, you know, at least a factor 30 from a factor 50 every single day as part of their skincare routine. Even by doing that pigmentation is likely to develop overtime anyway, but that's the single most important thing people should look at doing.

  • Why is it important to see a dermatologist for skin pigmentation issues?

    It's important to see a dermatologist for skin pigmentation. There are a lot of treatments out there, but a dermatologist is the only person that can really diagnose accurately what is going on. Age spots, for example, or freckling on the skin can mimic certain types of early skin cancer, skin cancer known as lentigo maligna, for example. So, it's a good idea to see an expert that can make an accurate diagnosis before you proceed to treatment.

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