Over time, your skin can lose its youthful glow due to a combination of sun exposure and the natural aging process. As a result, your skin may develop red spots, brown spots, and solar lentigines. Unfortunately, when unwanted freckles and unsightly dark-spots are present (one of the hallmarks of sun damage and aging) these darkened areas give off the look of being older than one’s actual age. If you are frustrated by your efforts to remove unwanted freckles and dark-spots, we have many effective products and treatments worth your consideration.
What is hyperpigmentation (AKA a dark spot)?
A dark spot, also referred to as hyperpigmentation, is caused by overproduction of the pigment melanin in the skin. This condition is characterized by excess pigment in the skin, which presents as darkened areas anywhere on the face or body. As with all skin conditions, it is always important to understand the root cause of the discoloration in order to determine how best to successfully treat it.
What causes hyperpigmentation?
Darkening and discoloration of the skin can be caused by:
Birthmarks and moles
Can skincare products diminish a dark spot?
While there are many over-the-counter products claiming to minimize the appearance of these darkened spots, they often don’t work or are inefficient, requiring a significant investment of time and money with the results being less than satisfactory. Don’t look to the big box beauty stores for solutions to real skin challenges. If you are serious about banishing these spots, clinical-grade skincare is the only reliable solution.
Topical dark spot corrector creams fall into two categories: skin brighteners and exfoliators. Skin brighteners are a general term for ingredients that change your skin’s chemistry to produce less melanin pigment. Hydroquinone, for example, is a well-known skin brightener that works by inhibiting an enzyme called tyrosinase, which is crucial in the production of melanin. By blocking the enzyme, a dark spot corrector using hydroquinone slows production of additional pigment, and troublesome spots begin to fade with time.
Exfoliating products work by speeding up cellular regeneration. This type of skin brightener cycles-out the damaged skin cells using chemicals to stimulate exfoliation. The dark spot correcting ingredients can help fade sunspots, but they will take much longer to achieve results. Common exfoliating ingredients in dark spot correctors are alpha hydroxy acids, like salicylic and lactic acids; and Retinol, which technically belongs to the hydroxy acid group, and is well known for stimulating cell turnover.
MDFace + Body offers the next generation of powerful skin lightening ingredients that are clinically proven to effectively diminish all forms of pigmentation from sunspots to melasma. Formulated by dermatologists and plastic surgeons, our clinical strength intensive lightening protocol utilizes potent brightening agents to correct and help prevent excess pigmentation and uneven skin tone.
What treatments get rid of hyperpigmentation?
MDFace + Body offers many different cosmetic procedures to reduce hyperpigmentation, depending on the cause of the pigment, as well as your skin type. Some of the treatments we offer include: