PIGMENTARY DISORDERS (HYPERPIGMENTATION)
The production of melanin is natural, but the overproduction of melanin in specific areas can be a significant problem. This is known as a pigmentary skin disorder or hyperpigmentation and is caused by stress, sun exposure, hormonal imbalances, genetics, photosensitizing medications, thyroid dysfunction and dysbiosis.
UNDERSTANDING PIGMENTATION DISORDERS
While people of colour are more prone to pigmentation disorders, hyperpigmentation can be caused by various factors. The skin tone may vary in different areas, but hyperpigmentation is more common in the forehead, cheekbones and jawline. Hyperpigmentation may also be found on the hands, décolletage and shoulder areas. The different types include:
- Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
It is essential to contact Dr Temi Awotedu Inc and consult your skin specialist for treatment to correct pigmentation disorders rather than trying illegal and dangerous bleaching creams that may damage your skin beyond repair.
TREATMENT AND CORRECTION OF HYPERPIGMENTATION
Your dermatologist can provide you with treatments to correct pigmentation disorders both safely and effectively. The type of treatment that will be most effective will depend on your unique skin type needs. She is qualified to not only assess your skin but identify the type of pigmentation disorder present and find its cause or identify what underlying medical conditions could be aggravating your pigmentation.
Most pigmentation disorders will require long-term management. Based on your diagnosis, your pigmentation disorder may require treatments such as chemical peels, laser treatment (IPL), photodynamic therapy (PDT) and prescribed topical treatments.
It is often a combination of treatments which delivers the best results. Dr Temi will assist you in achieving healthy skin free from pigmentation as well as discuss changing your everyday habits, avoiding the sun, feeding your face with topical antioxidants and protecting your skin with a broad spectrum SPF with UVA and UVB shielding to prevent future hyperpigmentation.