lthough hyperpigmentation is usually harmless, it unfortunately creates unwanted cosmetic issues for our complexion. Hyperpigmentation occurs when there is excess melanin production, which in turn causes patches of skin to become darker than the surrounding skin. Dealing with this stubborn skin condition can be frustrating and causes a complexion to look uneven and patchy. Hyperpigmentation can be caused by:
- Sun exposure
- Hormonal influences
- Skin injuries
Treatments for Hyperpigmentation
If your hyperpigmentation is having a negative impact on your confidence, True Balance offers several treatment options to reduce or eliminate the appearance of uneven skin coloring:
IPL can be used to effectively treat hyperpigmentation and significantly improve its appearance long-term. IPL treats this condition by using powerful flashes of light in short, polychromatic blasts. This energy penetrates the dermal layer beneath the skin’s surface to attack the pigment particles, breaking and destroying the bonds. Following the treatment, you may experience some redness, swelling and scabbing on the darker melanin, which will fall off shortly after, leaving you with more even-toned skin.
Chemical peels are a gentle and effective way to address surface skin issues. An acid concentration is used to safely remove the top layer of the epidermis. Following treatment, new healthy skin cells will replace this outer layer, which can greatly improve the appearance of uneven skin pigmentation. Chemical peels range in strength from gentle to medium depth rejuvenation. Because of this, your experience and downtime following the peel will depend on the strength of your treatment.
Microneedling treatment involves the use of a hand-held electric device that passes over the skin to make tiny punctures and stimulate your skin’s natural healing process. These small breaks in the skin immediately stimulate collagen production while simultaneously breaking up the melanin in the skin. Once your skin heals from this controlled trauma you’ll see more even-toned skin, with concerns such as scarring, hyperpigmentation, and other imperfections significantly reduced.
Laser skin resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing removes the skin layer by layer with safe, precise technology. This helps address pigmentation concerns by eliminating pigment in the surface of the skin. The pigmentation may darken, lighten, fade or have no immediate change post treatment. You will slowly start to see improvement as the skin starts to heal.
Platelet- Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
PRP dominated social media as “The Vampire Facial”. PRP Therapy begins with a simple blood draw. Then, the platelets-poor plasma and red blood cells are separated from the other material in your blood, leaving only platelet-rich plasma. PRP is full of cell growth factors which speed up the body’s healing process. The healing properties from the platelets help to reverse the visible signs of sun damage.
Products to help from home
To treat hyperpigmentation, we recommend the combination of a professional treatment and a consistent skincare regimen at home. The following skincare systems can help reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation:
- DERMed Brightening System: This product system can help you achieve bright, even-tone skin. Topical exfoliation with Glycolic acid, Lactic acid and Pearl Powder can help the appearance of dark marks and uneven skin tone. Cosmeceutical ingredient formulations that include ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and kojic acid have antioxidant properties to help balance your skin for an even toned, glowing complexion.
- VIVIER Hyperpigmentation Program: With this product and setting aside just 4 minutes a day, you can erase years of skin damage. Made with pharmaceutical-grade ingredients, these products will gently and effectively restore your skin’s vitality so you can enjoy improvements in dark spots, aging skin, & irregular skin texture and tone.
Don’t let your hyperpigmentation defeat you — True Balance can help you! Send us a text or a message for more information or booking inquiries:
Sherwood Park: 780-464-4506
Spruce Grove: 780-962-3262
St. Albert: 587-290-2290