Dr. Jegasothy talks with Michaela Williams from Friday magazine about Hyperpigmentation and how to clear up your complexion. Continue reading below as Dr. Jegasothy explains what Hyperpigmentation is, what skin type is prone to Hyperpigmentation and tips on how to prevent it.
“Dr. S. Manjula Jegasothy, a board-certified dermatologist and the founder and CEO of the US Miami Skin Institute, says that hyperpigmentation is more likely to occur in darker skin types due to their genetic make-up. ‘Olive to darker complexions have more inherent melanin in their skin to begin with,’ she explains. ‘[They] are more easily able to produce excess melanin after a skin inflammation,’ resulting in patches appearing anywhere on the body, although the face, neck and backs of hands are more prone due to their frequent exposure to the sun. With the majority classed as being a benign melasma, marks caused by hyperpigmentation are usually not a danger to your health, but can still be an unwelcome addition to your complexion.
As with the majority of skin ailments, prevention is the best cure, says Dr Jegasothy. That means loading up on the SPF, avoiding picking at your skin, and tending to vitamin deficiencies, bruising, allergens and stressors that can trigger changes in your skin. However, spending life swaddled in sunscreen may not be enough to prevent marks appearing. For example, with pregnancy-induced hyperpigmentation, it’s the change in hormones combined with a genetic predisposition that then triggers your skin to produce variations in skin colour.
For fresh cases of hyperpigmentation, Dr Jegasothy recommends to seek help from a dermatologist as soon as you notice any tonal changes in your complexion. She explains that early detection is the best way to implement a strategy and long-term treatment plan for hyperpigmentation, giving you the best chance of returning to completely blemish-free skin.
‘Dermatologists often use prescription topical agents such as Tri-luma cream or different types of fruit-based acid peels such as salicylic acid, lactic acid, mandelic acid and pyruvic acid to help patients with their hyperpigmentation,’ says Dr Jegasothy, pointing out that these options are usually prescription-based only. ‘Many of these solutions are very safe and can be used in darker skin types without a possible threat of causing even more hyperpigmentation.’”
Top cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Jegasothy recommends using sunscreen, avoid picking at your skin, and as soon as you notice a change in skin tone seek a board-certified dermatologist. Detecting Hyperpigmentation at its early stages is best and you have a greater chance to returning to a blemish-free skin. To learn more about Hyperpigmentation and tips on keeping your skin clear and even year round, read the article below!
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