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Do not let skin pigmentation worry you!
Each one of us has a unique skin color due to melanin synthesized by the cells of the skin; this is responsible for all the pigmentation. When the melanin is synthesized in large amounts, it leads to hyperpigmentation. We all have skin pigments but generally, the term pigmentation is used to denote the condition of hyperpigmentation. While pigmentation can be an extremely normal phenomenon, it can be one of the symptoms of an underlying medical problem. We advise you to consult a dermatologist near you. In this blog, we will help you understand the common causes and treatment options one can consider to cure pigmentation.
What are the common causes of pigmentation?
Exposure to the Sun for long hours without protecting the skin is one of the most common causes of pigmentation.
It can be due to melasma.
Chronic skin irritation or trauma leads to pigmentation of the area.
Endocrine disorders like Insulin resistance, Addison’s disorder, can cause hyperpigmentation.
Hormone imbalance during menstruation, menopause, or pregnancy also leads to the problem of pigmentation.
It is interesting to note that there is an increase in the number of people who are complaining of skin pigmentation during the lockdown. This is because:
Individuals who were in a routine of applying sunscreen and had a proper skincare regime have skipped it while staying indoors, missing the fact that the sun rays harm the house too. A lot of individuals experience a change in texture and type of the skin in different seasons, in such cases, remember to change your sunscreen too. We prescribe the best suited sunscreens as per your skin type and concerns.
Frequently washing hands and doing household chores like washing and cooking which requires coming in contact with the water may be responsible for your irritated skin.
Stress can add to your pigmentation problems. Stress releases hormones which increase the production of pigments as well as causes breakouts and free radicals which leads to more skin problems! If you are under constant and a lot of stress, you might be actually causing the pigmentation. Small breaks and de-stressing will help your skin and general health rejuvenate and increase your productivity too.
The disturbed everyday routine of no fixed times for meals, dehydration, insufficient sleep, binging on more junk and sugary treats, and experimenting with a lot of skincare hacks and products leads to pigmentation as well.
A wide range of medicines also cause hyperpigmentation. Medicines that cause pigmentation of the skin are anti-inflammatory, non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, antimalarial drugs, antibiotics of tetracycline groups, etc. Hyperpigmentation is one of the side effects of a lot of medicines. Hyperpigmentations in such cases are temporary but in some individuals it may lead to long standing pigmentation.
What are some of the treatment options for hyperpigmentation at Dr. Divya’s Skin and Hair Solutions?
The Laser toning treatment uses USA FDA-approved laser to help address your pigmentation related concerns. The laser is directed to the areas showing hyperpigmentation, which causes a decrease in the production of melanin along with a boost in the collagen production in the skin. This is the best treatment for skin showing aging effects, uneven skin tone, and texture and lack of glow. The hair in the concerned area also gets bleached, this brightens the skin. Depending on the individual’s skin and concerns, there can be multiple sittings for the laser toning.
This procedure is painless and highly effective but needs to be conducted under a certified and skilled dermatologist for the best results.
The Hollywood peel rejuvenates your skin by gradually reducing and eliminating pigmentation and signs of aging like skin wrinkles and acne scars. It improves the skin tone and skin texture giving you more youthful skin. You can get your peeling session right before a special event as it shows instant results. This is a very gentle procedure hence it requires multiple sittings for a long-lasting remarkable effect. Hollywood laser peel is becoming a popular choice of treatment as it provides dramatic skin improvements with absolutely no burning, prickling, or scarring of the skin.
A chemical peel is a skin treatment where mild yet concentrated chemicals are used with utmost care. These chemicals help in peeling off the most superficial skin layer which gets replaced by a new skin layer. The solution is applied for a fixed duration and then gently removed for younger-looking and bright skin. A chemical peel can be done for pigmentation of hands, face, and neck. It gives the best results in individuals with a lighter skin tone. At Dr. Divya’s Skin & Hair Solutions, I personally administer the concoction used in your treatment.
Gold toning helps in promoting increased blood circulation of the skin and hence improves the quality of the skin from within, without harming the outer layer of the skin at all. Gold toning is the best treatment option for individuals who are suffering from pigmentation post acne or some skin lesion. It also treats signs of aging, uneven skin tone, and freckles. It is a painless procedure with no downtime. With diligent aftercare, the results of gold tone are long-lasting.
Spot reduction treatment for hyperpigmentation includes ointments and creams prescribed by your clinician to gradually reduce the pigmentation and make it lighter. Spot reduction treatments take a few weeks to months to show the results. You should never try spot reduction products without consulting your dermat as he or she is the right person to tell you which cream or ointment will work the best for your skin type and concern.
It is important to note that before trying out the home remedies, over the counter skin ointments, concentrated chemicals available in the skincare products to treat your pigmentation, you must consult your dermatologist. If you are experiencing pigmentation or lockdown skin, we advise you to book an appointment with us at www.drdivyasharma.com. right away! For more details, you can connect with my team at +91 9620638388.