Hyperpigmentation is a common, often harmless condition where patches of skin become darker than the surrounding skin. While harmless, this condition often brings a feeling of unhappiness with the appearance and can make you feel less confident.
What Causes Hyperpigmentation?
Hyperpigmentation can have many causes. Age, sun exposure, acne or hormonal changes can cause dark spots to develop. As we age, skin that was damaged from the sun will begin to become more noticeable in the form of small dark patches, usually on the hands and face. Freckles or other darkened skin patches become much darker when exposed to the sun’s rays. Melasma are similar in appearance to age spots, but are the result of hormonal changes. These hormonal shifts are often present during pregnancy, and can trigger overproduction of melanin. Women who take birth control pills can also experience melasma. Acne scars can also darken in the sun.
How to Prevent Hyperpigmentation
Applying sunscreen daily, even on cloudy days, can help prevent hyperpigmentation. Sunscreen of an SPF of 30 or higher should be labeled as broad spectrum, so it is effective at blocking both UVA and UVB rays. It is also important to avoid picking at the skin if you have acne or any other spots or scabs.
Parsa M.D. Beverly Hills offers several treatments for hyperpigmentation:
- Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) – This treatment can take a few weeks to see the best results.
- Chemical Peels – Depending on the cause of hyperpigmentation, Dr. Parsa will prescribe the correct peel to meet your needs.
Hyperpigmentation can be embarrassing and cause you to lose confidence. It is important to seek advice from an expert in this condition. Dr. Kami Parsa and his staff at Parsa M.D. Beverly Hills can restore your self esteem by treating your hyperpigmentation with care. Visit us here to view the treatments we offer, and to schedule a consultation.