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Basic Clinic Treatments for Lightening Hyperpigmentation

Do not fret if you have some discoloration on your face. Hyperpigmentation

Whether it was genetically acquired, induced by sun exposure, or remnants of acne, there is a way to lighten those spots. 

Some get lucky that their spots completely disappear. But this doesn’t happen to everyone. Know that treatments can lighten marks and spots but not 100%.

So, what are the treatments that you can consider?

Laser Resurfacing

If you are looking at post-acne marks and sunspots, laser resurfacing treatments can help you improve the appearance of the discoloration. 

There are two kinds of resurfacing lasers, namely ablative and non-ablative. The former vaporizes the upper layers of the skin to induce the natural healing process. Whereas, the latter does not vaporize the upper layers but makes use of heat to stimulate collagen synthesis. 

Given this difference, non-ablative lasers require less downtime. However, it does not mean that it is always the better option. Allow your doctor to discuss with you which one of the two will work best with your goals and lifestyle. 

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels come in different strengths (vary in the depth of penetration). 

If the marks are just shallow, a superficial to medium depth chemical peel can do the trick. But if you are looking at deep discoloration like melasma, you might require a deep chemical peel. 

What happens is that a chemical will be applied onto your skin which will be left on for several hours (depending on the kind). And after 2 to 3 days, your skin is expected to peel off. Hyperpigmentation

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About the Author: Dr. Elli Reyes is a specialist of Aesthetic Medicine from the Philippines. With over four years of specialized training, her aesthetic practice has involved a variety of skin treatments involving Botox, fillers, and the like. As a licensed physician, she has been engaged by multiple clinics and is regularly interviewed by the local media as an expert in the science of the skin. Her research and writings to date have centered on nutrition, functional health, and general beauty.

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