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Research has shown pigmentation is the biggest contributor to looking older – even more than wrinkles.

Hyperpigmentation is usually the result of too much sun, creating freckles, age spots or larger discoloured skin patches. but it can also be an unwanted consequence of internal physical factors which can include hormonal changes, trauma or genetic triggers. 

Presenting as areas of uneven skin tone, darkness, age spots or freckles, pigmentation occurs when excess melanin (skin pigment) has been stimulated. 

What causes pigmentation?

•  Sun damage
•  Genetics
•  Skin type
•  Hormones/Pregnancy
•  Skin trauma/Injury
•  Birthmarks
•  Environmental exposure
•  Uric acid (sweat burn)
•  Trauma, medications and medical conditions

Treatment options

The Vivo Skin Clinic offers a number of treatments and procedures that can assist in the reduction of various types of pigmentation discolouration and even out your skin tone. Options include

IPL Skin Rejuvenation is an effective treatment to reduce pigmentation. The laser is attracted to the pigmentation, which absorbs the light. The laser heats up and shatters the pigment, drawing it to the surface without harming surrounding tissue. Once the pigmentation is drawn to the surface, the pigmented lesions fade or flake off, leaving the skin with an even tone and complexion. 

Chemical Peels are a great choice for the treatment of hyperpigmentation. The Vivo Skin Clinic offers many different types of chemical peels that are specifically formulated to help even out your skin tone, and reduce the appearance of pigmentation and age spots.

Microdermabrasion treatments are commonly used in combination with other treatments. Microdermabrasion buffs away the surface layer of skin, revealing a smoother, more even toned layer beneath.