One of the main misconceptions in regard to discoloured skin is that it will eventually fade away on its own without the need for any treatment. Some forms of pigmentation, like the ones caused by acne, can subsequently lighten up gradually over time, however, if this does happen it doesn’t happen overnight, in fact, it can take a few months, if not longer before you start to see a difference.
The majority of discolouration pigmentation needs to be treated with high-powered active ingredients and in-clinic treatments to eliminate spots on the surface thoroughly. So where do you start to get rid of your spots? Read below to find out!
If You Have Minimal Darkness, Consider Microdermabrasion
In a microdermabrasion treatment, the uppermost layer of the skin is safely and gently removed to eliminate dark spots, sunspots and other types of minimal and superficial discolouration. There are some versions of microdermabrasion, which offer a second step where specialised anti-pigment ingredients are infused into the skin to brighten further the skin giving a shiny complexion.
If You Have More Stubborn Spots, Get a Chemical Peel
TCA, glycolic acid and salicylic acid chemical peels are generally recommended to get rid of discolouration. Chemical peels are very powerful at speeding up the results and eliminating pigments that reside deeper in the skin. The chemical peel’s potency can easily be manipulated to suit the depth and type of the pigment.
As wonderful as this technique is it, unfortunately, is not ideal on every skin colour, especially if you have a history of scarring. Luckily, there are several options to choose from.
If You Have Discolouration From the Sun, Get Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
IPL is a popular choice for efficiently targeting sun-induced discolouration; IPL uses light-based energy pulsed technology and transmits it onto the skin while simultaneously accurately targeting the blood vessels. The light-based energy searches for the discolouration and lifts it up and out of the skin. A few days after IPL treatment the treated area will turn darker and start to flake off — don’t panic, this is entirely normal!
For Serious Discolouration, Get Skin Resurfacing with Fractional Laser or PicoSure
The most powerful option available, the newest PicoSure, or fractional laser resurfacing treatments work wonders for erasing more stubborn pigmentation. Laser skin resurfacing at Dr Saras & Co clinics create safe and controlled micro-injuries in the skin to stimulate the skin’s natural healing process. After treatment, the discolouration will subside while the fresh and new skin forms at the surface.
Regardless of what type of treatment you choose to get rid of your hyperpigmentation, its essential that you avoid the sun for long periods of time and cover your skin with sunscreen every single day, even on cooler days. Select SPF formulas that will protect your skin against high-energy visible sun rays, as melanocytes are extremely sensitive to them.