Hyperpigmentation Treatment Questions and Answers

At Reddy Aesthetics, we are pleased to provide several different treatment options for hyperpigmentation. Call us today to book an appointment. We have 2 convenient locations in Long Beach, CA and Huntington Beach, CA to serve you.

Hyperpigmentation Treatment Near Me in Long Beach, CA and Huntington Beach, CA
Hyperpigmentation Treatment Near Me in Long Beach, CA and Huntington Beach, CA

Hyperpigmentation can be a discouraging condition to experience, but the good news is that it is highly treatable. To give you a better idea of what hyperpigmentation is and what treatment for it entails, we have answered some commonly asked questions about hyperpigmentation below.

What is Hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is a skin condition characterized by splotches or flecks of skin that are darker than the surrounding skin. There are several different types of hyperpigmentation, including melasma, sunspots, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). Melasma typically occurs on the stomach or face, although it can develop on any area of the body. Sunspots, also known as age spots, liver spots, or solar lentigines typically occur on areas of the skin exposed to the sun, such as the hands or face. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation can occur anywhere on the body, including the genital areas, mouth, or nails. Whilst hyperpigmentation is usually harmless, it can be a symptom of other medical conditions.

What Causes Hyperpigmentation?

In general, hyperpigmentation is caused by excess melanin production, causing deposits of melanin in certain areas of the skin. Melanin is a brown pigment that gives your skin its natural color. However, each type of hyperpigmentation has unique causes, varying from sun exposure and acne scarring to pregnancy or certain medications. The causes of each type of hyperpigmentation are as follows:

  • Melasma: also known as chloasma, the primary cause of melasma is hormonal changes during pregnancy. For this reason, it is sometimes called the “mask of pregnancy.” Other causes of melasma include birth control pills, stress, thyroid disease, and sun exposure.
  • Sunspots: as the name would indicate, sunspots are caused by excess sun or ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure. That said, they are also called age spots because they tend to appear more frequently as a person ages. While they are sometimes called liver spots, this was due to a mistaken belief that they were caused by problems within the liver.
  • PIH: post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation occurs due to inflammation or injury to the skin, most commonly from acne, but also due to eczema, insect bites, cuts, or scratching

Some medical conditions and medications have also been known to cause hyperpigmentation, such as Addison’s disease, which is an adrenal gland disorder, chemotherapy, and some antibiotics.

Can Hyperpigmentation be Treated?

Yes! Hyperpigmentation is a highly treatable condition with many effective and non-invasive treatment options to choose from.

What Treatments Can Help with Hyperpigmentation?

Several different treatments can help with hyperpigmentation, ranging from cosmetic treatments to topical creams and at-home remedies. At Reddy Aesthetics Med Spa, we are proud to provide the following treatment options for the effective improvement of hyperpigmentation:

  • Chemical peels, including the VI Peel Portfolio
  • CO2 laser skin resurfacing
  • Erbium laser resurfacing
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Prescription medication, such as hydroquinone
  • And others!

When you come to Reddy Aesthetics for hyperpigmentation treatment, our medical providers and aestheticians will present you with some treatment options based on the cause and extent of the hyperpigmentation, as well as recommendations for the treatment option likely to work best for you. Since there are often multiple contributing factors to any hyperpigmentation case, the best treatment plan usually involves a combination of cosmetic treatments and lifestyle habits both to prevent and to eliminate hyperpigmentation.

For more information about hyperpigmentation treatment at Reddy Aesthetics or to schedule an appointment with us, we would love to hear from you! We invite you to give us a call or make an appointment with us on our website. Reddy Aesthetics has two clinics located in Huntington Beach and Long Beach, California. We serve patients from Bixby Knolls Long Beach CA, Huntington Beach CA, Lakewood CA, Bellflower CA, Paramount CA, and Compton CA.