Most pigmentary disorders are associated with excess melanin, which is a brown pigment produced in the skin by special cells called melanocytes.
Under the influence of sunlight (UV) and hormonal factors, melanin levels can become uneven across the skin, resulting in blotchiness, brown spots, and more seriously, cancer.
Treatments for pigmentation
Treatment for pigmentation disorders involves:
- melanin inhibitors (compounds that prevent the melanocytes producing melanin)
- sunscreens (used 365 days of the year)
- time (treatment usually takes between 6 and 12 months).
The strongest melanin-inhibiting ingredients are prescription-only products.
These include lightening agents such as hydroquinone and retinoic acid.
At night, regular use of a vitamin A helps to inhibit pigmentation by blocking pigment-stimulating enzymes.
At River Aesthetics, you will receive a comprehensive skin consultation and a tailored treatment plan, recommending key aesthetic treatments such as chemical peels alongside an advanced skincare regime to help address your concerns.