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Hyperpigmentation Specialist

ERderm -  - Dermatology

ERderm

Dermatology & Surgical Dermatologists located in Newport Beach, CA

An uneven skin tone might not be an urgent concern for you, but hyperpigmentation is treatable if you don’t like the way it affects your appearance. At ERderm in Newport Beach, California, dermatologists Edward Rohaly, MD, and Samuel Peterson, MD, FACMS, FAAD, can determine what’s causing your hyperpigmentation before recommending a suitable treatment. Topical products, chemical peels, and laser therapy can all contribute to the more even complexion you want to have. To learn more about treatments for hyperpigmentation, call ERderm, or request an appointment online today.

Hyperpigmentation Q & A

What is hyperpigmentation?

If you have hyperpigmentation or dark spots, it’s typically harmless and manageable. Hyperpigmentation is a primarily cosmetic condition causing patches of skin to turn darker than your natural complexion. The contrast between your natural skin and the hyperpigmented patches can stand out and make you feel self-conscious about the way your skin looks. 


There are a few different types of hyperpigmentation, including melasma and age spots. Melasma spots are usually larger than age spots, but either form can affect you regardless of your skin type or tone. While there are many risk factors for hyperpigmentation, you can’t control or prevent all of them. 

What causes hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation occurs because of an overproduction of melanin, which is a pigment in your skin that gives it color. This overproduction can happen because of one or several causes, some of which need treatment more than others. Your darker skin spots and patches might be there because of one or more of the following factors:


  • Inflammatory skin conditions, like acne
  • Skin trauma and scarring
  • Sun exposure
  • Oral contraceptive use
  • Hormone fluctuations during pregnancy
  • Certain medications
  • Addison’s disease


Thankfully, most causes of hyperpigmentation aren’t serious. Still, you should visit ERderm for an evaluation if you have concerns. The team performs a personalized skin evaluation to find out what’s causing your hyperpigmentation and decide on the way to treat it. 

How can I reduce hyperpigmentation?

There are several treatments available to decrease hyperpigmentation and even out your skin tone, and the team at ERderm helps you consider each of your options. Topical creams containing ingredients like corticosteroids, retinoids, and azelaic acid can make a difference, or your provider might suggest a cosmetic treatment like a chemical peel.


For more intensive dark spot and hyperpigmentation treatment, ERderm offers laser therapy. The melanin within your skin cells absorbs the laser light, causing it to scatter so your body can more easily flush out the excess. Since only the cells containing melanin absorb the light, the treatment does not damage or affect other surrounding cells and tissues. 


If you undergo laser therapy for hyperpigmentation, you probably need 2-6 sessions for full clearance. The team can determine the number of sessions that might successfully treat you after your first evaluation, and you can see results starting with the first procedure. 


For concerns with hyperpigmentation and dark spots on the skin, call ERderm for an evaluation or request an appointment online today.