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Pigmentation: Explore the Causes and Treatment Options

Pigmentation: Explore the Causes and Treatment OptionsUneven pigmentation? Come on in. We’ve got a variety of treatment options to even your skin tone for a more beautiful complexion. Whether you’ve got brown spots, melasma, freckles or a different pigmentation problem, we can help you. Call us today and schedule your appointment.

What Causes Hyperpigmentation?

There are many different types of hyperpigmentation, but most share a common factor: sun exposure. Many of the conditions are a result of sun damage (and if not, they may be exacerbated by the sun). Treating hyperpigmentation requires a two-fold approach. First, patients need to commit to changing their sun practices. Then we can get to work treating the damage that has already been caused.

Treatment Options for Hyperpigmentation

We have many different options available for treating hyperpigmentation. The treatment Dr. Chang chooses for you will depend on your skin type, skin color and the extent of the damage present. Most of our patients will need to pair their in-office treatments with a lightening or brightening cream for maintenance.

Click on the links below to learn more about some of our most popular treatments for hyperpigmentation.

Options for Patients with Lighter Skin

Options for Patients with Darker Skin

Smart Sun Tips for Patients with Hyperpigmentation

If you have hyperpigmentation, you probably need to change your sun habits. In order to successfully treat your condition, you’ll need to avoid excessive sun exposure. Continued sun exposure only exacerbates your pigmentation issues and makes treatment difficult. In addition, some treatments can cause blistering, hyperpigmentation and even scarring in patients with excessive, continued sun exposure.

While you don’t need to avoid the outdoors completely, you do need to use caution when you’ll be in the sun.

  • Wear Sunscreen Daily: You need a good daily sunscreen to apply to all exposed skin. Ask Dr. Chang for a product recommendation and make it a part of your skin care routine.
  • Cover Up: If you will be in the sun, cover up. A hat and light layers of clothing are an excellent defense to the sun’s harmful rays.
  • Avoid Peak Sun Hours: The sun is strongest during the middle of the day. If you can, avoid the sun during peak hours.
  • Wear Sunscreen Correctly: A good daily sunscreen is important, but on days you’ll be in the sun a lot, you’ll want to wear more. Use a higher SPF and reapply often (every two hours at a minimum, more often if you’re swimming or sweating).

Dr. Chang can give you additional advice for proper skin care during treatment.

Call us today and ask about your options for hyperpigmentation treatment!

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