Pigmentation / Hyperpigmentation is a very common skin problem, in which some areas or patches of skin turn darker in colour than the normal skin. It is usually a harmless condition which occurs due to accumulation of excessive pigment (called melanin) in the skin. This can affect all age groups, castes and creed; and is common in both men and women.
As everyone is looking for a reliable and effective treatment; market is full of information on pigmentation and thousands of pigmentation treatment products are available with tall claims and guarantees! But, the shocking truth is that most of the fancy products available over the counter don’t work and some products can even be harmful to your skin.
Now you don’t need to live with this problem as modern day science provides a big ray of hope for all kinds of pigmentary problems. Pigmentary issues are dealt first by classifying on the basis of underlying cause, affected part and level of pigmentation – whether it is epidermal or deep dermal. It is very important to rule out any underlying systemic condition or any hormonal aberrations before starting the treatment.
The commonly encountered pigmentation problems are:
- Melasma – brown, flat patches over the cheeks, forehead and upper lips on both sides.
- Freckles – tiny, pin-head sized tan or brown flat spots over face caused by clustering of concentrated melanin
- Post-inflammatory pigmentation – develops on the face, neck or chest secondary to inflammatory dermatoses such as acne, atopic dermatitis, bug bite or psoriasis
- Hyperpigmentation in pregnancy – seen in axilla, areola and lower abdomen in midline
- Cosmeceutical induced pigmentation or Ashy dermatoses – diffuse pigmentation over face due to allergic reactions to cosmetic products
Though pigmentation is very challenging to treat, but modern day science offer you very reliable solution and it can be treated by a variety of new generation chemical peels which may constitute a single ingredient or a cocktail therapy which is decided by our experts. The resistant and long standing cases are treated with combination of Pixel Q-switch or Pixel Er:YAG laser. Use of sunscreen is a must for treatment of any kind of pigmentation.
Periorbital hyperpigmentation is a problem which is characterized by dark circles around your eyes. In addition, it can be associated with puffy eyes/eye bags or sunken eyes. The skin around eyes is fragile and devoid of underlying supporting subcutaneous tissue, leading to fragile blood capillaries which leak blood into this area and result in periorbital pigmentation and puffy eyes.
A lifestyle modification is of utmost importance. Stress plays havoc in this condition and sleep deprivation, long working hours (especially before computer screens), lack of balanced diet (skipping your meals especially breakfast) and anemia further aggravate this problem.
Here, at AuraSkinInstitute, we tackle this persistently annoying problem with topical medications, arginine peels, fillers and laser. We have world-class pixel -Erbium laser technology to get rid of this pigmentation. When laser rays are targeted over this area, body stimulates healing response to this injury and new collagen and supporting tissue is formed. This results in strengthening of blood vessels and lesser leakage, thus in-turn takes care of pigmentation and puffy eyes. And if you have sunken eyes, then these are treated with fillers.
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