Skin contains cells called melanocytes that produce melanin (pigment), a substance that determines our skin colour. After you have been in the sun there is an increase in pigment production resulting in a tan. Whilst some skin types can be more prone to producing pigmentation, generally this can be influenced by a number of factors including hormones, trauma and sun exposure.
The most common types of abnormal pigmentation include:
• Solar/Actinic keratosis (sun spots)
• Lentigines (freckles)
• Melasma, or hormonal pigmentation
• Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation
Pigmentation can be easily treated for those people who are committed to staying out of the sun and wearing sunblock. Following consultation, pigmented lesions can be treated and maintained.
At WPRS we offer a range of treatment options for pigmentation, including:
For resistant pigmentation we are also able to refer to our Dermatologist to discuss management options.