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How to Treat Hyperpigmentation

Published on: August 15, 2015

Hyperpigmentation can take many forms including freckles, patches of discolouration and certain kinds of scars and the majority of them are caused by excess melanin in the skin. If your hyperpigmentation makes you feel too self—conscious to wear revealing clothing or you find that you’re hiding behind makeup every day, we have a variety of treatments to give you more even looking skin and help to make you feel more self-confident.

The two main categories that hyperpigmentation treatments fall into are topical treatments and chemical peels.

Topical treatments include Hydroquinone, which bleaches the excess melanin in the skin and Retin-A, a prescription strength retinoid derived from Vitamin A which helps to exfoliate skin and speed up the cell renewal process.

If you want more drastic results and have the time to allow your skin to recover, we also offer the Obagi Blue system, a medium depth chemical peel that uses Tricloroacetic Acid to encourage several layers of skin to shed themselves and make way for fresh new skin. After your chemical peel your skin may look red and feel a bit tight, but this will subside and you will soon see brand new, radiant skin that is more evenly pigmented. 

For some hyperpigmentation, another option to consider is IPL treatment. This is short for ‘intense pulsed light’ and involves using varying frequencies of light waves from a hand held device to cause a thermogenic reaction in the melanin in the skin. This helps to remove dark spots such as age spots and freckles and cauterise broken blood capillaries that cause spider veins and port wine stains.


After any hyperpigmentation treatment it is important that you look after your skin and use UV protection. At your initial consultation we will discuss the best course of action for your individual circumstances and afterwards we will advise you on the right aftercare procedure. If you would like to know any more about hyperpigmentation treatments or any of our other treatments, you can contact us on 0203 581 3391, our friendly, knowledgeable team are more than happy to answer any queries.