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Pigmentation Problems

Trish Hepburn - Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The most common problems we see at Skin Resus are those related to abnormal pigmentation. Fortunately, almost all of these are benign. Of course, no-one should forget that any pigment spot that is changing, large or irregular needs to be checked by your doctor. Stand back from the mirror - any spot that stands out as being different deserves your attention.      


The most common benign pigment spots are: 

  •  Lentigines: these are light brown, mostly regular in outline and in sun exposed areas. They are like freckles of older skin.
  • Moles or naevi: these are mostly darker and quite well defined brown spots and occur at all ages. Having many of these is a risk for melanoma, and this condition runs in families.
  • Seborrhoeic keratoses: light brown to grey flat or slightly raised, they are often quite large and are commonly seen on the temples, forehead, back, tummy and legs.
  • Hormonal pigmentation (melasma or chloasma): this is a very common problem mostly affecting women from age 20-50. It is often seen as patches of light brown discolouration on the upper cheeks, temples and across the upper lip.
  • Post-inflammatory pigmentation: any injured area of skin can pigment afterwards; for example, after cuts, grazes or burns. This pigmentation often fades with time, but can be stubborn.

At Skin Resus we have a range of treatment options for pigment problems, including medical-strength IPL, skin care and the Fraxel and Revlite Lasers. The Fraxel Dual is a fantastic option for either resistant pigmentation (such as hormonal pigmentation and post-inflammatory pigmentation), those wanting a good "shedding" and rejuvenation, or for treating any pigmentation on darker skin types. Results are seen after a week and often only one treatment is required.

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