Hyperpigmentation is any darkening of the skin, caused by overproduction of melanin, a protective pigment in the skin. Hyperpigmentation often occurs after sun exposure, where the melanocytes (cells which produce melanin) are overactive. Similarly, hereditary factors may give individuals a predisposition to developing hyperpigmentation and certain ethnicities such as Asian, mediteranean and african are particularly affected.
Sun exposure and sun damage can be prevented by wearing a daily high factor, broad spectrum sun screen.We recommend the ZO skin health range, as it fortifies the skin’s natural defence system against sun damage. If you suffer from acne and are worried about post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (the type associated with acne) a gentle skincare routine with BHAs such as salicylic acid may assist skin rejuvenation and cell turnover, and glycolic acid peels may also assist. Using cosmeceuticals with antioxidant complexes such as vitamin C and E may also boost the skin’s protection against sun damage.
Glycolic acid peels
Next generation glycolic acid peels have little downtime, if any, and can renew the skin surface, improve skin texture, and decrease the appearance of hyperpigmentation for a smoother, more radiant complexion. Glycolic acid (AHAS) are naturally occurring acids, derived from fruit or fermented sugar. Your aesthetic practitioner will be able to advise on the best course of treatment; sometimes a course of three or six peels over several months may be needed to renew the skin.
Cosmeceuticals containing Retinol or Vitamin C
Cosmeceuticals are powerful skincare products with proven clinical efficacy and are available through aesthetic clinics. Cosmeceuticals containing retinol (a form of vitamin A) is the most effective treatment for sun damaged skin, and within months of treatment, working with the skin’s natural renewal processes, the skin can be restored and resurfaced and the appearance will be drastically improved. Retinol decreases fine lines, improves skin texture and boosts collagen production as well as increasing cell turnover to reveal healthy new skin cells. Retinol needs to be used under the care of an aesthetic doctor/practitioner, as it can be irritating to some skin types. Retinol also increases the skin’s sensitivity to the sun, so several precautions need to be taken; such as avoiding direct sunlight and wearing a high factor SPF. Topical vitamin C offers a brightening effect over time and can help protect against further damage.
Dermaroller® produces thousands of very fine needle columns (0.1mm wide and 1.5mm deep) into the upper surface of the skin. This stimulates the skins natural repair process, which induces new collagen formation and an improved blood supply. This process results in improved skin texture and can reduce pigmentation and acne scarring.
Hyperpigmentation can be reversed over time, and we have many treatment options available at Revivify London. All minimally invasive; treatment options range from daily cosmeceutical treatment, to glycolic acid peels. All treatment plans are tailored to your needs to produce the most effective aesthetic results.