Introduction to Pigmentation/Hyperpigmentation

Pigmentation and post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) is particularly common and is a result of injury or inflammation which causes the over production of melanin (the substance that gives skin its darker colour), forming the characteristic dark marks on the skin. This is often a source of great distress for the individual and it can be extremely difficult to treat and prevent.

The management of PIH/pigmentation should first address the cause leading to the inflammatory response (e.g. acne), and then a number of topical agents can be used to lighten the dark areas. Topical agents include hydroquinone, Azelaic acid, retinoids, kojic acid, liquorice extract etc. Other treatment options we offer for pigmentation include microdermabrasion and a course of chemical peels.

“Due to the increased pigment in ethnic skin, dark marks and pigmentation are more often found in skin of colour (known as Black or Afro-Caribbean, Asian, Indian). To find out more please contact us.”

Dr Linda, London

Pigmentation and Hyperpigmentation in Ethnic Skin
Common causes of Pigmentation/PIH
  • Acne
  • Sun Damage
  • Inflammation
  • Skin Injuries
  • Dermatitis
  • Infection
  • Ingrown Hairs
Pigmentation/Hyperpigmentation Treatments

Chemical Peels: This is a chemical exfoliation technique which helps to remove the damaged upper layer of the skin leaving behind a more evenly toned, clearer skin complexion. We use specific types of chemical peels designed to target pigment on the skin which work by preventing excess pigment production and removing stubborn areas of hyperpigmentation.

Prescription products: following consultation we can provide private prescription for a number of clinically proven treatments such as retinoids and depigmenting creams to help with pigmentation and maintain a clear and healthy complexion.

Cosmecueticals: These are skincare ranges which are gentle enough to be used daily over long periods but powerful enough to produce fantastic results which allow you to maintain that healthy skin glow. Here at Dermanoir we use Neostrata and Zein Obagi products as they have powerful potent formulations with high quality active ingredients specifically targeted at reducing and preventing pigmentation. Neostrata’s fantastic “enlighten” range helps brighten the skin and has 6 active ingredients designed to help target pigmentation. The new and improved Zein Obagi’s multi-Therapy hyperpigmentation system is renowned for its fast and proven results. Regimes can be provided with or without the use of hydroquinone.

Neostrata Enlighten Range: A daily skincare regimen designed to brighten skin, illuminate and help to control pigment for bright even skin tone. With patented NeoGlucosomine, Retinol, stabilised Vitamin C, peptides and proven botanical brighteners and alpine plant extracts. A simple to use, clinically proven daily regimen targeting all 6 natural pigment control systems, enhancing cell turnover to exfoliate existing pigmented spots, as well as inhibiting tyrosinase, the key enzyme in the production of melanin. Contains SabiWhite – the active component of turmeric – a proven depigmenting agent.

Zein Obagi Hyperpigmentation System: A daily skincare regime Bio-engineered to target all three stages of skin discoloration through a patented delivery system. It is formulated to even skin colour and tone, and recommended as a first course in treating hyperpigmentation. Obagi is a world-renowned dermatologist known as the ‘God of Skincare’ due to his breakthroughs in understanding skin disease and restoring skin health.

At your Consultation

At your initial consultation, your skin care expert will give you a thorough examination in order to fully understand and assess your skin in order to achieve your desired results. You will be advised on the best possible course of treatments and products designed specifically for your condition or desired results. Our consultations are friendly, informative and completely confidential. Our aim is to ensure your skin received the exact treatment it needs. You will also be advised on the correct after-care regime in order to achieve long lasting results. As everyone’s skin is different, we will ensure that any treatment carried out is fully compatible with your skin and that you are completely comfortable with the advised treatment. Our expert will answer any questions or concerns you may have. We are completely committed to giving you the results you want. The average skin consultation lasts around 30 minutes and you are by no means obliged to purchase a treatment package.

Your Treatment

When you arrive for your first treatments, your practitioner will fully explain the treatment and procedures, detailing any products used in order to ensure you are completely comfortable before proceeding. Depending on the treatment, a small test patch is usually carried out in order to ensure skin compatibility and nothing has changed since your consultation. You are the priority at all times and our experts are there to ensure you are comfortable and receiving the right treatment. With a course of treatments you will gradually begin to see results, although this will be explained after your treatment. There is normally a gap of 2 to 4 weeks between certain treatments which helps achieve optimal results.

Are you ready to regain control of your skin? Book a no-obligation consultation now or view our treatment prices.