What is the Best Way to Treat Hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation can occur in a variety of ways on a variety of people. Sunspots, acne-scars, and big brown patches of skin are a few of the ways that hyperpigmentation can manifest. There are many methods to address these conditions, but what is the best way to treat hyperpigmentation?


Home Remedies


There is a plethora of home remedies that are purported to help with hyperpigmentation. Some topical solutions made from common household foods such as aloe vera, red onion, apple cider vinegar, black tea, green tea, etc.


Some need to be blended into a cream, others need to be applied as masks. The main similarity between the traditional at home remedy is that none of them have been proven to be effective. And most are suggested to be used in tandem with some other form of treatment.


While it is unlikely that any of these treatments will harm you, it is unlikely that they will make any real difference. Home remedies are far from the best way to treat hyperpigmentation.


Topical Solutions


With topical solutions there are two options, either prescription or over the counter. There are many options for over-the-counter treatments. You will want to look for products containing azelaic acid, vitamin C, niacinamide, kojic acid, or hydroquinone. Each of these chemicals are designed to either slow or reverse brown spots and hyperpigmentation.


When you are using creams be sure to use them consistently and stick with them as it may take a while before you see the results. Additionally, just because these products are available at your local drugstore does not mean that they are safe to use. If you have a history of sensitive skin, you may want to consult with your doctor before using.


As for prescription creams the best option is retinoids. Creams containing retinoids are the best when it comes to treating hyperpigmentation because they can penetrate the skin and breakdown the melanin.


Chemical Options


There are some treatments such as chemical peels and skin acids that can be used to treat hyperpigmentation. Chemical peels can be found both over the counter and available from dermatologists. The dermatologist applied peels are often more effective and faster working.


The Skin acids are more widely available over the counter. They work by shedding the top layer of skin. Look for ones with alpha hydroxy acids, vitamin C, glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, azelaic acid, and kojic acid.


Skin Rejuvenation


The truly best way to treat hyperpigmentation is laser treatment for skin rejuvenation. At LightRx we offer skin rejuvenation treatments that are convenient and treat hyperpigmentation effectively. There are two pieces of technology that we use to treat hyperpigmentation. The first is the Venus Viva™. Venus Viva™ combines NanoFractional™ Radio Frequency (RF) and Pulsed Electro Magnetic Fields with SmartScan™ technology to safely deliver reparative heat to deeper layers of the skin without causing harm to any of the surrounding tissue. The RF tightens existing collagen fibers in the dermis while stimulating collagen production cells (fibroblast) to make new collagen for the skin.


The second is the Aerolase Neo Elite. There are many benefits to using the Aerolase Neo Elite, but they can be summed up in four categories. The first is its unmatched efficacy. The deep penetration and high power of the laser allows for a wide range of treatment for skin conditions of all types on skin of all types. The second is the Neo Elite’s range of unique beam profiles. The beam can reach large spot sizes of up to 10mm, which is big for a concentrated laser, and 1.5msec pulse durations. This allows for treatment of a wide range of conditions.


Third, because of the unique nature of this technology, the Aerolase Neo Elite is versatile. The wavelength options, in conjunction with the 650-microsecond technology, allows for treatment of several conditions that would classically require a number of different lasers.


Finally, since the Neo Elite delivers high amounts of energy within a short pulse time, a lot of the already minimal side effects are even less likely. The targeted area is the only area affected, and surrounding tissue is not at risk of being overheated. This eliminates potential burns, scarring, or purpura.

These technologies are both designed to strike hyperpigmentation at its source. The lasers penetrate the skin and break down the melanin deposits that create the discoloration in the skin. Once these melanin deposits are broken down the body can process them out. The lasers are precise enough that the skin surrounding the targeted area is not damaged.


If you are interested in learning more about our treatments and want to know more, call us at 877-721-4547 and schedule a free consultation at your local LightRx. These consultations take as little as 30 minutes and are private one on one consultations with the clinic director.


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