Tackle the problem of unwanted pigmentation and melasma with help from our team of experts
- Laser treatment available for some conditions
- Multi-faceted approach to target the root cause of pigmentation
- Treatment administered by medical experts
For Pigmentation problems in Droitwich, Worcester and Worcestershire, Outline Skincare Clinic are the experts. We have solutions to tackle hyperpigmentation, melasma and other skin pigmentation issues at our Droitwich clinic, including Pigmanorm cream, Obagi products and laser.
Many people in the Worcester and Birmingham areas with pigmentation problems call on our expertise day-in day-out. We are specialists in skin problems such as melasma and hyperpigmentation and can advise you and help to solve the pigmentation problem. We are particularly successful in treating Asian, African and black skins, and around 65% of our patients have a darker skin type.
What Is Hyperpigmentation?
Hyperpigmentation is the result of the skin producing excess melanin, appearing as patches darker than the surrounding “normal skin”. The patches are typically flat, as the hyperpigmentation occurs beneath the top layer of skin.
Skin Pigmentation problems cause distress as they can often be difficult to disguise with camouflage makeup. The pigmentation problem rarely disappears by itself and requires careful handling and treatment over a period of time.
Hyperpigmentation occurs in all skin types, however people with darker skin tones are more prone to suffering with pigmentation problems. Those of Asian, African and Mediterranean origin can suffer with greater frequency and severity. We are experts in dealing with this type of pigment problem and suggest a consultation at our Worcestershire Clinic.
What Are The Main Causes Of Pigmentation?
Acne, Ageing, Sun damage and Pregnancy are the most common causes. Sometimes, trauma to the skin caused by a wound, infection or other skin problem, can lead to excess pigmentation being laid down in the damaged skin.
There are three main types of hyperpigmentation:
Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)
This occurs following skin injury e.g. from acne lesions, skin wounds or laser burns. In the case of PIH, it is important to remember that treatment can make the condition worse if it irritates the skin further. Laser treatment especially can worsen PIH and should be stopped if PIH is present.
This is a common skin condition in adults in which light to dark brown or greyish pigmentation develops, mainly on the forehead, cheeks and under eyes. It is more common in women and people with darker skin-types who are exposed to the sun. Melasma is not cancerous and will not change into skin cancer. The exact cause of melasma is not known, but factors such as pregnancy and hormonal drugs such as the contraceptive pill are thought to contribute to the cause. Some cosmetics, especially those containing perfume, can bring on melasma.
UV Sun Damage
UV light rays stimulate melanocyte activity, producing excess melanin. As Asian and African skin is more exposed to the sun, this factor plays a larger role in darker skin hyperpigmentation. Both UVA and UVB rays contribute to pigmentation problems and the skin must be protected daily with SPF 30+
Treatments For Hyperpigmentation
At our Droitwich Clinic in Worcestershire, we have several methods of tackling pigmentation problems, including laser treatment, lightening creams and skin peels. We are able to treat all skin types, but the colour of your skin will determine which is the safest method of treatment for you.
- Laser Treatment is suitable for Caucasian skin and epidermal melanin only. A simple skin analysis with our skin scanner at our Worcester clinic will determine if your pigmentation problem can be treated with laser. Laser treatment can cause many problems for Asian & Black skin due to high risks of developing PIH
- Pigmanorm Cream may be prescribed by our Nurse Practitioner after an assessment of your skin. Pigmanorm Cream contains Hydroquinone, tretinoin and a steroid, and helps to break down the pigmentation problem. Not everyone is suitable for Pigmanorm cream and as it contains hydroquinone, it must be prescribed for you by one of our experts.
- The Obagi Nu-Derm system may be prescribed for you. This achieves amazing results, but again, must be prescribed for you by one of our experts, as it also contains hydroquinone and tretinoin and the regime must be strictly followed to get the optimal results.
You may be offered a specific treatment plan followed by skin peels. Our nurse prescribers will advise you at consultation.