Pigmentation / Hyperpigmentation is a common skin condition, in which some parts of the skin turn darker or lighter in colour. This is normally a harmless condition, caused when there is too much of the pigment, melanin, on the surface of the skin. This condition can affect people of all races and ages.
What causes it?
Increased levels of melanin, the pigment in skin that produces colour. It could be the result of injury, inflammation (after a treatment, like laser), sun damage or hormonal changes (which cause melasma). Birthmarks and freckles are a different type of pigmentation, which is genetically determined. Sometimes the appearance of patches can be the result of a disease, so it’s worth checking with your GP if you don’t know the cause.
How to prevent it!
The most important thing is to protect your skin from the sun. See our Babor Sun Care range or our Doctor Babor skin care range. Wear a sunscreen with UVA and UVB everyday, not just the summer.
VPL will effectively remove or significantly lighten pigmentation as the skin’s melanin absorbs the light energy, transferring into heat energy to destroy the melanin containing skin cell.
Initially the treated pigmentation will appear darker, however within approximately 2-4 weeks this will diminish and a clearer complexion will become visible. Multiple sessions may be required to produce the desired result with maintenance treatments often necessary.
In cases of excessive pigmentation in the skin, photons from the light emitted from the VPL are absorbed by the pigment (melanin) and converted into heat. Where the pigmentation is denser, there is more heating and this damages both the existing pigment and the structures that generate excessive pigment (melanocytes).
The body recognises the de-natured melanin as waste and begins to expel it from the body, through the cellular system, rapidly migrating it to the surface of the skin. This process can leave the skin looking a little ‘dirty’ until the expelled cells are desquamated (sloughed off), usually at around 10 days post treatment.
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