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How To Treat Hyperpigmentation of the Skin

June 30, 2010 by  
Filed under Education, Pigmentation, Skin Care

They are known by many names, but basically they look the same: darker areas on our faces, or hyper-pigmentation.  Almost anyone can develop hyperpigmentation of the skin, regardless of race or ethnicity with varying degrees of severity.

For mild to moderate hyperpigmentation, creams are available by prescription and over-the-counter.  The most popular method of treating mild to moderate cases is by bleaching the skin. It sounds harsh but it really is not. Products that help bleach the skin usually contain 2% hydroquinone, a melanin blocker.

For more severe cases, you may need a bleaching cream with a higher concentration of hydroquinone, usually 4%.  In that case, you will need to see a dermatologist for a prescription and should follow their recommended dosage.  Bleaching agents work gradually, so you must have patients.   Treat the hyperpigmentation with the bleaching cream for 3-6 months to see the full result of treatment.

If your skin is not responding to bleaching, chemical peels and laser-resurfacing treatments are available to achieve more dramatic results. These are more invasive treatments and have a higher risk of side effects.  Not everyone is a candidate for laser-resurfacing or chemical peels, so you must discuss your health history with your dermatologist before seeking this type of care.

Causes of Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation may be caused by sun damage, inflammation, or other skin injuries, including those related to acne skin. People with darker Asian, Mediterranean or African skin tones are also more prone to hyperpigmentation, especially if they have excess sun exposure.

Many forms of hyperpigmentation are caused by an excess production of melanin, however, some cases are associated with particular diseases such as Melasma and Celiac disease.

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About Valentina Chistova

Valentina Chistova is a world-renowned aesthetician and beauty expert whose experience encompasses all facets of skin care and body treatments. Internationally trained, educated and certified, Valentina has devoted more than twenty years to her profession.

Valentina is a member of the National Cosmetology Association and a CIDESCO candidate (Comite International Desthetique et de Cosmetologie Desthetique), which is the highest degree of beauty therapy certification available in the United States and worldwide. Most recently, Valentina completed a rigorous training program with the Spanish organization Wontersaf, one of the world’s leading centers for trichology, capillary diagnostics and scalp and hair treatment to combat hair loss and other hair dysfunctions. Valentina also holds a Registered Nursing Degree from Kharkov State University and Cosmetology degrees from the Kharkov Medical Institute in the Ukraine and the Capri Institute of Cosmetology in New Jersey.

Valentina is the owner and director of skin care for Aquamedica Salon and Day Spa in Long Branch NJ.

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