Can Hyperpigmentation Treatment Help Me Achieve Clear Skin?

By: Dr. Jeffrey Hsu


Hyperpigmentation is a common skin condition that results in patches of skin appearing darker than the surrounding areas. This can be caused by a variety of factors, including sun damage, hormonal changes, and acne scarring or skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. While hyperpigmentation is not harmful, it can be a cosmetic concern, leading many people to seek out treatments to help improve their skin’s appearance. 


There are many different hyperpigmentation treatment options available at Oak Dermatology, including topical therapies, chemical peels, and laser therapy. Each of these treatments works in different ways to help reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and improve overall skin clarity. 


One of the most common hyperpigmentation treatments is the use of topical creams containing ingredients like hydroquinone, retinoids, and vitamin C. Hydroquinone is a skin-lightening agent that works by inhibiting the production of melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color. Retinoids, on the other hand, help to exfoliate the skin, which can help to fade dark spots and improve overall skin texture. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can help to brighten the skin and protect it from further damage. Topical therapies are usually prescribed to be used alone or in combination of other treatments for fast and effective results. 


Cutting-edge hyperpigmentation treatments at Oak Dermatology could be just what you need to flaunt a more even, vibrant complexion and dramatically clearer skin. To learn more, schedule an appointment with one of our dermatologists at any of our three locations in Naperville, IL, Joliet, IL, and Itasca, IL. 



What can I expect from hyperpigmentation treatments? 


The first step in your transformative treatment program is a comprehensive consultation, during which our dermatologists will evaluate your skin condition, your skin health, your overall health, and any relevant lifestyle factors in order to determine the cause of your skin's dicoloration. This detail-attentive level of diagnosis will allow us to customize the most effective treatment strategy possible for your unique needs. 


The treatment plan for hyperpigmentation will vary depending on the severity of the condition, the underlying cause, and your skin type. No two people’s skin are alike, and therefore, no two treatment plans would be the same. A patient with melasma, whose discoloration may look similar to another patient with sun spots will have a very different treatment plan. The cause of these discolorations are also associated with different sensitivities and risks of which our expert providers are well-informed with. 


For example, melasma causes discoloration via genetic factors or hormonal fluctuations. Another prevalent cause of hyperpigmentation is acne, which can leave a long-lasting mark and unaesthetic scarring. Plus, dark spots resulting from sun exposure are another unseemly sign that blight the complexion of millions of patients. But at our Naperville, IL practice, we're glad to help you select the optimal skin-clearing routine. 



Can hyperpigmentation treatments help me enjoy clear skin? 


Your hyperpigmentation treatment routine may include the use of topical solutions, including creams, gels, and lotions. However, some cases of hyperpigmentation do not respond to such methods and require a more fundamental solution that reaches deep into the skin to lift discoloration from the inside out. 


For more stubborn hyperpigmentation, laser therapy is a more advanced hyperpigmentation treatment option that uses a laser to target the pigmented skin cells. The laser energy breaks down the pigment, which is then absorbed by the body's immune system and eliminated. At Oak Dermatology, your provider will determine the right laser for the treatment for your discoloration. Some of the lasers we offer is the complexion-enhancing effect of the Alma Harmony XL PRO. This laser-based system utilizes a profound modality to rejuvenate and resurface your skin, diminishing the unseemly signs caused by UV damage, acne, aging, or various epidermal conditions. Another laser often used for pigmentation is the Cutera Excel V, a vascular laser for pigments and lesions. Laser therapy is a non-invasive treatment option that does not require any downtime. During your laser therapy session, numbing cream will be applied to the affected area to reduce discomfort. You may experience some redness, swelling, or itching after the procedure, but this usually subsides within a few days. Depending on lasers used, it can range from no down time to a few days of down time. 



Enjoy smoother skin and a more radiant complexion with hyperpigmentation treatments in Naperville, IL  


So, if you're distressed by discoloration, or desire clearer, smoother, younger-looking skin, don't hesitate to schedule a consultation with our dermatologists at Oak Dermatology.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.