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Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is a very common condition which can affect people of any race or ethnicity. It presents as darker patches of the skin than the person’s natural skin tone (‘hyper’ meaning more and ‘pigment’ meaning colour).

Hyperpigmentation can present as brown, grey, red, black or pink spots or patches. Depending on their cause, these spots are sometimes called sun spots, age spots or liver spots.

At IHYA Clinic in Birmingham, we see many patients with various forms of hyperpigmentation, from very mild to more severe and we know what an impact this can have on someone’s self-confidence.

Therefore, we offer a wide-range of clinically-proven, non-surgical treatments for the many types of hyperpigmentation that can occur, for a clearer and more even-toned complexion.

Causes of hyperpigmentation

These include

  • Sun damage or excessive exposure to UV light (these spots are often called solar lentigines)
  • Vitamin deficiency (folic acid / vitamin B12 for example)
  • Medications such as oral contraceptives and light sensitivity inducing drugs
  • Melasma
  • Genetics, such as a family with freckles
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Trauma to the skin ( acne, burns or cuts) which is sometimes known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
  • Hormonal changes (puberty / pregnancy / menopause)
  • Adrenal disorders, when the body doesn’t produce enough cortisol (Addison’s disease)

Symptoms of hyperpigmentation

Our skin gets its colour from a substance in the body called melanin. Melanin is made by the skin cells. If the skin cells are damaged or unhealthy, they can produce an excess of melanin. The melanin then clumps together, causing an area of skin to appear darker.

Treatments for hyperpigmentation

Following an extensive initial consultation, skin test and medical history check, your IHYA practitioner will be able to devise a tailored treatment plan, which could feature one or more of our treatments for hyperpigmentation, to suit your individual requirements.

Our treatments for hyperpigmentation

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