Pigmentation issues cause uneven changes in your skin that can be temporary or last a long time. There are two types of discolouration and this can be hyperpigmentation, which causes areas of the skin to darken, and hypopigmentation – which is the opposite – and causes the skin to lighten. We usually target hyperpigmentation as our range of non-invasive treatments can easily fade darkened patches of skin for a newly even complexion.
Uneven pigmentation is often a result of sun damage but can also be a symptom of old age, acne, pregnancy or post-inflammatory, dermatological conditions, like rosacea. Birthmarks are also a form of pigmentation. Pigmentation issues occur when melanin, a protective pigment in the skin, is produced in excess and can result in the uneven distribution of melanocyte skin cells. The over production of melanin is often triggered by hormones, skin damage and inflammation.
Sun damage is the biggest cause of pigmentation and occurs when the skin produces more melanin to protect the skin against UVA and UVB rays. This occurs when UV rays are absorbed into unprotected skin.
Age can also implicate your proneness to pigmentation spots and you are more likely to begin to see the development of age spots in your 40s. Age spots are small, dark areas of skin that form on recently sun-exposed skin. This can be an issue for both old and young people, but is commonly an issue for older people as during this time, the skin is undergoing multiple dermal changes which impacts skin health and overall vitality.
Inflammatory conditions, like acne, blisters and rosacea, can also cause pigmentation. For acne, post-inflammation can cause dark blemishes to be left on the skin long after a spot has burst or been healed – which is why it is always recommended to avoid popping spots. These remaining blemishes can range in colour, from looking white (hypopigmentation), pink, red, brown and black – depending on your skin tone.
Rosacea is a skin condition that primarily causes a chronically red complexion as a result of inflammation and the dilation of blood vessels. Chronic redness is often exacerbated by triggers like: sun damage, harsh weather, stress, alcohol and spicy foods.
Hormonal changes, such as the ones experienced during pregnancy, can also cause pigmentation. This type of pigmentation issues mostly affects women and can cause irregular patches of brown pigment and blotchiness that is caused by hormone fluctuations. When pigmentation is caused in pregnancy this is called chloasma.
We have a wide range of complexion-correcting treatments to diminish the signs of pigmentation and restore your skin to its former glory. These are:
Laser and IPL – Light-based technologies are ideal for fading wide-spread areas of pigmentation. This is the ultimate treatment for sun damage, hormonal and post-inflammatory pigmentation. You can choose between laser and light treatment, as both work by emitting scattered flashes of invisible and visible light that are absorbed into the melanin present on the skin. The light is then converted into heat energy and the intense, sudden rise in temperature dissolves brown, patchy areas for a visibly even complexion. The main laser and light treatments we offer are: laser and IPL skin rejuvenation and IPL sun damage.
Skin peels – By combining a powerful blend of exfoliating ingredients, active natural acids and enzymes after one course of skin peels, you can achieve a noticeably brighter, even and smoother appearance. Skin peels essentially promote a newer epidermis through professional-level exfoliation, which can help diminish mild to moderate pigmentation concerns. We recommend either Medik8’s Rewind peel, Epionce’s Lite Refresh or Obagi’s Radiance® peel – which are our best pigmentation reversing treatments.
HydraFacials – Another professional level facial that treats pigmentation in six unique steps. Each step helps to remove impurities, deep clean, brighten and improve tissue quality. By combining lymphatic drainage, vortex technology and LED light, HydraFacial targets every aspect of pigmentation.
For the best results, go Platinum with your HydraFacial and add any of the following booster serums to brighten and refine your complexion. The best pigmentation solutions are: Circardia’s Chrono-Peptide booster (for sun-induced ageing), the Britenol™ booster (for dull, pigmented skin) or ZO Health’s Brightalive® booster (to target current, and prevent future, pigmentation).
Microdermabrasion – Exfoliating treatments, like microdermabrasion, helps to diminish mild pigmentation using microcrystal exfoliating beads. On its own, this treatment mainly has benefits in mild skin resurfacing and can restore a healthier skin tone and texture from the first session. When combined with other treatments, microdermabrasion significantly enhances the final outcome of a more advanced treatment like IPL and laser treatments.
Obagi® Nu-Derm Systems – A personalised skincare regime that enables you to transform your skin from the comfort of your own home. With this collection of advanced skincare products, seven-steps is all it takes to help you address the visible signs of hyperpigmentation – such as discolouration, melasma and dark spots. Each system contains a gentle, botanical cleanser, a witch hazel and aloe-based toner and a powerful correcting cream. It also has a skin smoothing lotion, a matte finish SPF, a skin lightener and blending cream and a hydrating facial moisturiser that uses innovative Hydromanil™ technology to keep the skin hydrated for hours. As this kit contains an amazing combination of clinical-strength products, it can only be prescribed by our medical professionals.
To prevent pigmentation, the best advice is to always protect your skin against sun exposure. This can be applied universally to all pigmentation issues, but is specifically important for ageing skin. For acne and inflammatory dermatological conditions – like rosacea – to prevent pigmentation you should treat the first signs as early as you can. For acne, it is advised to avoid touching, picking or squeezing your spots as this can replace active spots with dark blemishes.
For rosacea and redness, the best way to prevent further pigmentation is by wearing a high SPF and identifying your triggers. As rosacea is often worsened by external factors, knowing which things activate a spout of redness – like sun exposure, washing detergent or alcohol – can help to avoid any unnecessary inflammation.
Hormonal pigmentation is often temporary and usually improves once hormone levels have returned to normal, however, in some cases pigmentation can last. Certain skincare products can be helpful (for all the causes of pigmentation) and may help to subtlety fade any complexion irregularity. Retinoids, vitamin C and alpha hydroxy acids – like lactic and glycolic acid – all have brightening and renewing qualities which can be beneficial.
If you have moderate to severe pigmentation, a professional treatment path is recommended and will significantly aid the alleviation of blotchiness and brown or red-ish pigmentation.
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Pigmentation Treatment Pricing
|Epionce Lite Refresh Skin Peel||£83|
|HydraFacial Platinum Personalised with Circadia Chrono-Peptide Booster||£139|
|Epionce Lite Refresh Skin Peel||£249||£220|
|HydraFacial Platinum Personalised with Circadia Chrono-Peptide Booster||£417||£375|
|Epionce Lite Refresh Skin Peel||£498||£440|
|HydraFacial Platinum Personalised with Circadia Chrono-Peptide Booster||£834||£695|
|HydraFacial Platinum Personalised with Circadia Chrono-Peptide Booster||£1,668||£1,251|
Frequently Asked Questions
As there are many different types of pigmentation we would need to determine why the pigmenatation is there to be able to devise a personalised treatment plan. We aim to reduce pigmentation to a minimum and often the pigmentation does go completely however sometimes if the pigmentation is very deep we will achieve a significant reduction to the appearance. Often a level of maintence is also needed.
Using sunbeds is a key factor into why you may have pigmentation. Pigmentation can naturally occur from the sun’s UV rays however using sunbeds increases pigmentation dramatically as a sunbed is a high dose of UV light which stimulates your melanocytes to over produce pigmentation unevenly within the skin therefore leaving you with darker patches within your skin.
The main difference with the products we have at destination skin compared to other places is that they are of a cosmeceutical grade with scientific evidence that evaluate their effectiveness. The products go through many stages of testing before they are launched to ensure they have high concentrations of active ingredients to work with the skin concern. As we offer an in-depth consultation with skilled professionals we also ensure the products that are recommended are right for your concerns too.
A consultation with one of our practitioners will determine what would be the best treatment for yourself. Every skin is different and we will make an assessment using a skin scanner alongside your concerns.
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