Hyperpigmentation – Are You Seeing Spots?

Has it happened to you? You look in the mirror and there’s this….spot on the side of your face. Maybe there’s more than one. Where did it come from and how can you make it go away?

Chances are, it’s a form of hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is quite common and typically harmless. It is simply an increase in melanin production. This condition can be caused by pregnancy, acne, certain medical conditions and various prescription drugs. The most common cause is sun exposure, which can also darken any existing spots. One form of hyperpigmentation is melasma, which is also known as the pregnancy mask that some women get as a result of the changes in hormones. Liver spots are another type of hyperpigmentation.

You are not necessarily stuck with these spots. There are many treatments available that can reduce or eliminate the discoloration. A well known home remedy is to apply lemon juice or slices to the affected areas, which can bleach away the spots. While the remedy can help, it can also be harsh on your skin. A better alternative would be to treat with creams containing hydroquinone, alpha hydroxy acids, retinols or vitamin c. We offer the PCA SKIN A&C Synergy Serum (pHaze 23) at the Catherine Hinds Store, which is a serum that helps reduce hyperpignmentation. There are prescription strength hydroquinone creams and even laser treatments available for extreme cases. To prevent new spots from appearing in the first place, it is important to use sunscreen. Sunscreen will also prevent your existing spots from getting darker.

If you are bothered by hyperpigmentation spots, you may want to consider booking an appointment for a Vitamin C Facial. This is an antioxidant treatment that will even out your skin tone, help to diminish fine lines, and reduce redness and irritation. This facial is great for all skin types, especially sun damaged and mature skins. Call 781-935-3344 ext. 229 to schedule an appointment. Lose those spots and get your skin glowing again!

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