If you’re starting to see patches of skin that are darker than the rest or even well-defined dark spots, your eyes probably aren’t deceiving you. At Radiance MD in Canton, Michigan, Nayantara Jnananand, MD, treats hyperpigmentation that results from the excess production of melanin, a pigment in your skin. Radiance MD Medical Spa also serves patients in Plymouth, Northville, Ann Arbor, West Bloomfield, Salem, Novi and Farmington (as well as Canton). To find a treatment for your hyperpigmented spots and patches, call Radiance MD or book an appointment online today.
Hyperpigmentation is a harmless pigment condition resulting in a darker tone on certain areas of your skin. It can be very slight and hardly noticeable or dark enough to discern in photos. The condition can affect you regardless of your natural skin tone or ethnicity.
You may have heard of age spots or liver spots. These are both forms of hyperpigmentation that can appear over time as you age. They’re concentrated dark spots that often appear on your face, arms, hands, and other areas disproportionately exposed to sunlight.
Hyperpigmentation is the result of your skin’s overproduction of melanin. Melanin is the pigment that determines the tone of your skin. There are a few different factors that can cause the overproduction of melanin and result in hyperpigmented spots or patches of skin, including:
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is especially common. It’s the type of hyperpigmentation that appears after the inflammation from an injury or a pimple diminishes. It happens because your skin produces too much melanin as it heals the injury or blemish. Even if a pimple is very small, it can leave behind a lasting hyperpigmented spot on your skin.
Many of the treatments available at Radiance MD can help reduce or clear hyperpigmented spots and patches. After evaluating your skin, Dr. Jnananand might recommend:
Pigment clearance treatments use a form of light called intense pulsed light (IPL) to break apart concentrated areas of melanin in your skin. With just one to three sessions, you can see a much more even skin tone with few or no dark spots.
A chemical peel can remove the layer of skin cells affected by hyperpigmentation. After you heal from your chemical peel, you can enjoy skin with a more consistent tone and a smoother texture.
If you’re not ready to undergo a procedure to reduce your hyperpigmentation or if it’s mild, Dr. Jnananand might recommend certain home products instead. Topical creams that contain corticosteroids, retinoids, or vitamin C can reduce excessive melanin in your skin cells.
If you have an uneven skin tone because of age spots, liver spots, and other forms of hyperpigmentation, Dr. Jnananand can help you select the right solution. To learn more about hyperpigmentation treatments, call Radiance MD, or book an appointment online today.