What is hyperpigmentation?
You are probably wondering why are small dark patches appearing on your skin! Well, you are not alone as it is a common problem in the warm atmosphere of Dubai. It is known as hyperpigmentation, in which patches of your skin become darker than the surrounding skin. Hyperpigmentation can cover a large area or whole of your body as well. It is a harmless condition but may become a cosmetic nuisance. In Dubai, dark spots frequently appear on people’s faces, hands, and other body parts with exposure to the Sun. The condition can affect people of any race. Here we discuss everything about this condition, including hyperpigmentation treatment in Dubai.
What can cause hyperpigmentation?
Hyperpigmentation can have several reasons; some are in your control, while others are not. The underlying cause is the overproduction of the skin pigment melanin by skin cells (melanocytes). Melanin is a natural pigment that gives your skin its color. Hyperpigmentation has many types with their causes and risk factors; however, the followings are the most common:
Also known as age spots or liver spots, sunspots are common in people with excessive sun exposure. The doctors refer to this type of hyperpigmentation as solar lentigines. You may develop these dark spots on your face and hands as they are the most exposed parts of your body.
Previously called chloasma, melasma mainly affects your face with larger patches of hyperpigmentation. Although it can occur in both; men and women, it usually affects women and is believed to be caused by hormonal changes. Thus, pregnant women and women taking oral contraceptives have a higher risk of developing it. For this reason, it is also known as the mask of pregnancy.
- Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)
It develops when a skin injury, or a skin disease like acne, heals and leaves behind an area of dark skin. It can occur anywhere on the body and gets more pronounced when exposed to the Sun.
Can Hyperpigmentation Be Reversed?
You must be curious as to can you even reverse hyperpigmentation. Perhaps, more importantly, can you get skin pigmentation treatment in Dubai? Well, lucky you; not only can you reverse it back but also get the world’s latest hyperpigmentation treatments in Dubai. Hyperpigmentation may take more than twelve months to fade on its own. But with proper treatment, you can get rid of this problem very early.
Hyperpigmentation Treatment Options In Dubai
A vast range of treatment options and home remedies are available to help you with your condition. For example, topical prescription creams, like hydroquinone and retinoids, readily help minimize the pigmentation. But these medicines take months to show results while at the same time when their long-term use irritates the skin and thus, may even cause more discoloration. So to avoid these side effects and get quicker results, you can opt for the following treatment options. All these skin pigmentation treatments are available in Dubai.
In this process, strong acids treat the dark spots by removing the epidermis and letting new cells take the place of old ones. They also break up clusters of melanin, forming these dark patches. The acids used in chemical peels come in varying concentrations and may include alpha-hydroxy acid peels like glycolic acid, beta-hydroxy acid peels like salicylic acid, etc.
The ability of a chemical peel to remove dark spots depends upon its concentration plus the intensity of dark spots. Stronger chemical peels may even penetrate the deeper layer of your skin and have better and quicker results.
Although chemical peels are available over the counter, you should talk to your dermatologist or cosmetic/plastic surgeon for guidance, as chemical peels also have side effects, including redness, irritation, blistering, and even scarring. So a doctor will let you know whether you are a good candidate or not! A chemical peel is not helpful to people who can not decrease their Sun exposure! And if you are a good candidate, they will prescribe the proper acid with proper concentration that gets optimal results for you
Laser peel or skin-resurfacing:
As the name suggests, laser peel uses a targeted light beam to reduce hyperpigmentation. The high-energy light vaporizes the cells and promotes new surface formation. Laser peels come in two types, ablative and non-ablative lasers.
Ablative lasers are the intense version of laser peel with a long recovery time, but these lasers produce quicker dramatic effects. These act on the epidermis—destroying melanin-containing cells and promoting new cell growth. Ablative lasers are a good option for people with severe sun damage, such as people in Dubai.
Non-ablative lasers, however, are gentler with a quick recovery time. These lasers act on the dermis and promote collagen (a connective tissue) synthesis in your skin and thus help improve tone but not hyperpigmentation. So they are useless for melasma, PIH, or sunspots. You can talk to your doctor for further details.
Intense Pulse Light therapy (IPL):
Unlike laser peel which uses light of only one wavelength, IPL uses more than one wavelength with pulsating light. Thus, it is gentler than laser therapy, with less redness and quicker recovery.
The powerful light coming from flashes penetrates your skin and destroys melanin-containing cells and melanin bonds. The pigment either comes out on the surface and forms scabs that shed away, or your body eliminates it naturally.
It also acts on the outer layer of your skin, i.e., epidermis, and scrapes it off. Dermabrasion makes your skin smooth as well with a better tone. It works best for people with fair skin, though!
If you are a good candidate for dermabrasion, the doctor will start the procedure by numbing your skin. Then, they will use an electricity-powered tool that looks like a dentist’s drill. They will gently move the abrasive end of the device over your darker skin to remove the epidermis. It is effective but may cause more irritation and redness than other procedures. You can talk to your doctor for more details.
How To Prevent Hyperpigmentation
Although you can not always prevent hyperpigmentation, you can certainly try! Here are a few tips for you:
- Avoid excessive sun exposure
- Wear a hat and protective clothing when you have to go out in the Sun
- Use sunscreen to protect you against ultraviolet rays of the Sun
- Focus on your diet with anti-inflammatory diets and use essential oils that address skin inflammation
If you are looking for a hyperpigmentation treatment clinic In Dubai, you have been in the right place all along. Our state-of-the-art facility offers quality skin pigmentation treatment in Dubai; too, at an affordable cost. Our experienced staff is very cooperative and helps people like you gain their lost confidence back. Just go ahead and make a call for the appointment, and we will take care of the rest!