pigmentation + sun damage

The sun is not always your friend

‘Hyperpigmentation’ describes an area of skin significantly darker than your natural pigmentation. Caused by sun damage, inflammation or other skin injuries, it is a common condition that affects men and women equally where people with darker skin tones are more susceptible, particularly those who experience excessive sun exposure. You’ll be able to recognise hyperpigmentation because it makes areas of skin darker than surrounding areas, typically on the face, arms and legs.

There are many causes of hyperpigmentation with the primary triggers grouped into four main areas. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, generally caused by inflammation or trauma. Age, liver and sun spots, generally caused by exposure to sunlight or pollution. Melasma, a form of hyperpigmentation caused by hormonal imbalance. Freckles and moles, where common causes relate to sun and genetics.

Azure Medical offer a wide range of depigmenting treatments including Laser Therapy and Skin Peels. As experienced Medical Practitioners, we can discuss with you a variety of other methods including azelaic acid, kojic acid, lactic acid, glycolic acid, mandelic acid, ascorbic acid, arbutin, niacinamide and retinoids, noting each has varying degrees of efficacy and safety.

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