How to get rid of Hyperpigmentation?

How to get rid of Hyperpigmentation?

A common skincare concern we frequently encounter amongst our patient base in Esher, Surrey is hyperpigmentation. As an Aesthetic Doctor in Esher, I understand the importance of addressing hyperpigmentation and restoring confidence in your skin. In this blog post, we will delve into the common causes of hyperpigmentation and explore effective treatments, including skincare products and cutting-edge devices that can help you achieve a radiant complexion.

Understanding Hyperpigmentation:

Hyperpigmentation refers to the darkening of the skin, typically caused by an overproduction of melanin—the pigment responsible for skin, hair, and eye colour. There are various factors that contribute to hyperpigmentation, and being aware of these triggers is the first step towards effective treatment.

Common Causes of Hyperpigmentation:

  1. Sun Exposure: Prolonged exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays is a leading cause of hyperpigmentation. The sun stimulates the production of melanin as a defense mechanism, resulting in dark spots and uneven skin tone.
  2. Hormonal Changes: Hormonal fluctuations, especially during pregnancy, can trigger a condition known as melasma. This form of hyperpigmentation is characterized by brown patches on the face and is commonly referred to as the “mask of pregnancy.”
  3. Inflammation and Skin Trauma: Skin injuries, such as acne, wounds, or inflammation, can lead to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This occurs as the skin heals and excess melanin is produced, leaving behind discoloured areas.
  4. Genetics: Some individuals may be genetically predisposed to developing hyperpigmentation. If your family has a history of skin conditions, you may be more susceptible to pigmentation issues.

Effective Hyperpigmentation Treatments:

  1. Topical Skincare Products: A comprehensive  Medical grade skincare routine is crucial for treating hyperpigmentation. Look for products containing ingredients such as retinoids, vitamin C, arbutin, niacinamide, and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). These ingredients work to exfoliate the skin, reduce melanin production, and promote cell turnover.
  2. Chemical Peels: Chemical peels involve the application of a solution to the skin, which causes controlled exfoliation. This process helps to diminish hyperpigmentation, revealing a brighter and more even complexion. Dr Dhillon in Esher may recommend specific peels tailored to your skin type and concerns.
  3. Laser Therapy: Laser treatments, such as intense pulsed light (IPL) and fractional laser therapy, target hyperpigmentation by breaking down excess melanin. These advanced procedures are effective in reducing dark spots and improving overall skin texture.
  4. Microneedling: Microneedling involves the use of tiny needles to create micro-injuries in the skin. This stimulates collagen production and aids in the fading of hyperpigmentation. Combining microneedling with specifi serums or growth factors enhances the overall effectiveness.
  5. Prescription Medications: In some cases, prescription only medication (POM) like hydroquinone or tretinoin may be recommended for targeted treatment of hyperpigmentation. These medications work by inhibiting melanin production and promoting skin renewal.


As an Aesthetic Doctor in Esher, specialising in hyperpigmentation treatments, we prioritise your skincare journey. By understanding the common causes and effective treatments, you can make informed decisions to achieve a radiant and even complexion.

Do you have more questions?

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