Everything You Need to Know About Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation isn’t a specific condition or disease — it’s the term used to describe areas of the skin that appear darker. Hyperpigmented skin usually presents itself in the form of dark patches, age spots, or even freckles. If you’re noticing hyperpigmented areas on your face or body (like your shoulders and hands), you’re not alone. This condition is very common, although it doesn’t make it any less frustrating. Here’s a breakdown of all things hyperpigmentation, from types to treatment.

What is Hyperpigmentation, Anyway?

Whether you’ve spent too much time in the sun or you’re having a flare-up of some kind, those spots of hyperpigmented skin all boil down to one thing: too much melanin. Melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color, is created by melanocyte cells which live in the outer layers of our epidermis. One of the most common causes of hyperpigmentation is large amounts of sun exposure, which triggers a melanin response to protect the skin. This darker pigment may look like a tan at first but as time goes on and the skin continues to get exposed, the pigment becomes uneven, turning into age spots, freckles, or even melasma, a condition linked to hormone-related hyperpigmentation.

But it isn’t the sun alone that can cause this overproduction of melanin. Any type of inflammation or trauma to the skin can trigger a melanin response. Something as simple as a breakout or a rash can create discoloration that doesn’t go away.

Types of Hyperpigmentation

Skin discoloration can show itself in a variety of ways. We’ve mentioned a few already, but here’s a quick summary to help you get a better idea of the specifics. 

  1. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation – This is the discoloration that happens as a result of injury or inflammation to the skin, such as acne, eczema, or a rash.
  2. Age spots – When the skin begins to age, the areas that are most exposed to the sun over time, such as the face, neck, shoulders, hands, develop hyperpigmentation.
  3. Freckles – While freckle production is linked to your genes, an overexposure to sun could cause freckles to appear darker and more prominent. 
  4. Melasma – This type of discoloration is more common in women, appearing on the nose, cheeks, and upper lip. Melasma often appears during the hormonal changes in pregnancy.

How to Treat Hyperpigmentation

The best way to treat any sun-related skin concerns is to prevent it. If you already have hyperpigmented spots, it’s never too late to prevent those spots from getting darker over time. As skin experts who want what’s best for you and your skin, we can’t emphasize enough the importance of daily sun protection. We recommend applying an SPF 30 or more to your face every single day, whether it’s winter or fall, rainy or sunny. If you plan to be outside for the day, make sure to reapply sunscreen every two to three hours and wear a hat. There’s an endless range of cute and affordable hats these days, and your skin will look better in the long run if you can avoid heavy sun exposure.

It’s also important to avoid picking or scratching your skin, as popping a pimple or scratching a mosquito bite could result in a dark spot. When in doubt, it’s best to leave it and let your skin and any skincare regimen take care of it.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about treatment! Although there are many causes of hyperpigmentation, we have a variety of treatments we can recommend to help you get to the bottom of it. (Or in this case, the top of it, since it involves the outer layers of your skin.)

If you’re practicing a solid sunscreen routine, you’re already ahead of the game. The next step is to talk with a dermatologist and get a treatment plan of action. We provide a variety of treatments that can improve the appearance of your skin including hyperpigmentation, and there’s a bonus: these treatments can also improve scarring, wrinkles, and more.

Professional Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are cosmetic treatments that can be applied to the face, neck, and hands. How it works is this: one of our trained professionals applies a highly concentrated acid to your skin, creating an exfoliation process over several weeks that removes the dull, damaged skin and allows new skin to grow.

The advantage of a professional chemical peel is that it provides quicker, more dramatic results than topical treatments. Peels are most efficient on fairer skin types, but can also improve medium to dark skin depending on the severity of the pigmentation.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is an in-office procedure that treats hyperpigmentation and other skin concerns with a small attachment or handheld tool. Like chemical peels, microdermabrasion exfoliates the skin, removing the epidermis layer of the skin to encourage new skin to grow.

Topical treatments

We may recommend one or several topical treatments you can apply to your skin to improve the appearance of dark spots over time. Patience is key with this treatment, but results should happen over time. Depending on your skin type and severity of the hyperpigmentation, we can offer a variety of over the counter or prescription-strength products to help lighten the skin. We recommend these products for treating pigmented skin:

  • Kojic acid
  • Licorice or mushroom extract
  • Glycolic acid or lactic acids
  • Retinols
  • Antioxidants like vitamin C
  • Prescription hydroquinone
  • Other over-the-counter lightening creams

As many of these products can be irritating or interact with other ingredients in your skincare routine, we always recommend consulting with a dermatologist before starting a new lightening product. 

So, there you have it. Hyperpigmentation is a common concern that happens to most people at some point in their lives. Make sunscreen a consistent habit for healthy skin over time. And if you’d like to improve the appearance of dark spots, come see our skincare experts at Revivology. We’ll help you keep your discoloration to a minimum so you can feel more confident and in control.

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Enjoy the Relaxation of Massage Therapy

It’s fairly well known that massage therapy can help you relax and feel more rejuvenated in your daily life. There are also many long-term benefits of receiving regular massages including reduced stress, improved posture and less prone to injury to the muscles.We are proud to offer the following massages:

  • Individual Swedish Massage, 50 or 80 minutes
  • Pregnancy Massage, 50 minutes
  • Couples Massages, 50 minutes or 80 minutes
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Hot Stones
  • Organic Sugar Scrub, 50 minutes
  • Spa Retreats

During treatment you should plan to make yourself as comfortable as possible, undressing to the level that you are comfortable. You should also be sure to communicate with your provider to ensure that you are receiving a comfortable and effective treatment that is not painful. Our clients report extremely high levels of satisfaction with our massage services and a majority schedule regular visits.

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Is My Skin Dry or Dehydrated?

 

Best Skin Care Products in Utah - Revivology Medical Spa in South JordanWinter is just around the corner and living in Utah’s high desert with its cold, dry air often means dry, flaky skin.

But…Is it really the environment that causes your dry skin?

Utahn’s spend millions of dollars every year to combat effects of thirsty skin, but the best medicine might be FREE and flowing from every tap in your house.

“The skin is an organ, and just like any other part of the body, your skin is made up of cells which are made up of water,” said Miki Eberhardt, a local Registered Dietitian.

“If your skin is not getting a sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky,” she said.Best Skin Care Products in Utah - Revivology Medical Spa in UT

“Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling. When your skin cells are properly hydrated, it will give you a radiant, healthy, and younger-looking complexion,” Eberhardt, said.

Experts say drinking plenty of water AND using water-based lotions, especially during winter months, is an effective approach to regulate moisture inside the skin and keep it looking its best. You can also consider services, like our Organic Sugar Scrub to restore your skin’s glow.Skin Medica from Revivology in South Jordan, Utah

“Don’t let a minute pass after your shower before applying a good lotion as a protective barrier for your skin, especially during winter months,” said Doctor Mike Johnson, a practicing physician in Herriman.

Revivology shares a full-line of Skin Care Products in Utah related to giving skin the extra boost it needs to resist dryness especially during harsh winter months.

Come in and see the estheticians at Revivology.  They’re experts at knowing just the right products to recommend based on your lifestyle, skin type and climate zone.

Schedule an appointment with our experts to plan a proactive winter skin care regimen and have a facial BEFORE your skin gets dry tight and flaky.

Why Your Mother Was RIGHT About Taking Vitamins

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Your mother always told you it was important to take your vitamins.

She was probably trying to help you avoid sickness and wanted you to grow big and tall.

It turns out that taking your vitamins isn’t just mom’s remedy for cold prevention anymore.  Certain vitamins can help your skin and face stay looking young and beautiful!

By now you’ve heard antioxidants, like vitamins, are good for your body, but did you also know they’re good for your skin?

Antioxidants in vitamins C, E and Selenium may protect your skin from skin cancer and sun damage. There’s also evidence that antioxidants enhance your skin’s natural repair system and prevent further damage, according to a Web MD article.

Vitamin B also plays an important role in keep your skin at its best.  If you’ve got dry itchy skinSkin Care Products at Revivology in South Jordan, Utah, experts say it could be caused by a Vitamin B deficiency.

The best way to get these nutrients is through a healthy, varied diet rich in vitamins and minerals.

Realistically, we are less and less likely to get all the vitamins we need through diet alone.  This is especially true for picky eaters.  So, dietary supplements, like the chewable pills your mom gave you, are helpful for most people.

Through the miracle of science, you can target vitamins and antioxidants at specific areas of your body, especially the face, utilizing vitamin and antioxidant enriched creams and serums.

Revivology offers the latest line of science-based skincare products that promote healthy, beautiful skin. Best Skin Care Products in Utah - Revivology Medical Spa

Every year, industry advancements produce miraculous products that not only prevent skin damage but provide inexpensive (compared to complicated procedures and surgeries), non-invasive ways to repair damaged skin, especially on and near your face.

Revivology carries both SkinMedica and SkinCuetical product lines which both use advanced super-antioxident formulas proven to slow aging, showing visible results in as little as two weeks.

If you’re ready to take steps toward preventing or repairing damaged skin, Revivology has expert clinicians,procedures and products to help you look and feel better!  Come in let us help you transform your skin.

As Summer Bids a Fond Goodbye, here’s a refresher on skin cancer

That amazing beach vacation in Hawaii may soon be a distant memory but cooler weather brings walks, ski vacations and additional time under ole sol…when your skin will again be exposed to damaging UV rays. It’s a fact: premature aging, wrinkles, spots and skin cancer can all trace their beginnings to the sun. 
When abnormal cells invade or spread to other parts of the body, the result is skin cancer.Scary words for sure, that none of us want to hear. But many skin cancers can be easily and successfully treated if caught early. That’s why it is important to have your skin – all of it – checked at least once a year for changes or abnormalities, to have pre-cancerous lesions treated and to examine any otherwise suspicious growths. This is especially critical as you age. The three types of skin cancer are:

    • Basal cell…a slow growing cancer which is unlikely to spread to distant areas of the body or cause death. It appears as a painless, sometimes shiny raised area of the skin.
    • Squamous cell…is more likely to spread. It appears as a hard lump with a scaly top.
    • Melanoma…is the most aggressive. Moles that have changed in size, color or shape or are itchy or bleed are some of the signs of melanoma.
  • Skin cancer is serious, but most skin cancers, if found early, are treatable.
  • People with many moles have a higher risk of melanoma.
  • Other risk factors include advanced age, heredity, light skin color and exposure to tanning beds.
  • Over one million people in the U.S. each year are diagnosed with skin cancer. Unfortunately, many more go undiagnosed.
  • UVA and UVB sunscreen helps block the rays than lead to skin cancer but it does not prevent it…sun damage is cumulative.To be effective, sunscreen must be worn! 

Let us help you take care of your amazing skin! At REVIVOLOGY, we carry Skinmedica, Skinceuticals and Eminence skin care lines.

Call us for a consultation with Dr. Moore today at (801)987-8653.

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