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Hyper Pigmentation And Hypopigmentation - Differences, Causes, And Treatments

February 16, 2017

Your skin is the largest organ on your body and as such is the greatest indicator of your health. Apart from that it is also the source of our beauty and when your skin becomes blemished and father time begins to take his toll it is natural to feel self-conscious about it.

The two most common ailments of the skin are Hyperpigmentation and Hypopigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is literally a darkening of the skin; essentially it is an abnormal accumulation of melanin which is the substance primarily responsible for pigmentation of your skin. An accumulation of melanin or hyperpigmentation can sometimes be caused by certain health conditions or as a side effect of pregnancy. There are also certain drugs that can produce hyperpigmentation including some antibiotics. By far the most common cause of Hyperpigmentation is heavy exposure to sunlight and can even exacerbate an existing condition.

Hypopigmentation is quite simply the opposite of hyperpigmentation. It involves the absence of melanin in the skin and can usually be attributed to disease, injury or any general trauma to the skin. The term Post-Inflammatory Hypopigmentation is used to differentiate between hypopigmentation caused by damage and trauma to the skin and chronic skin disorders such as Vitiligo or Albinism.

Depending on the cause of the condition there are potential treatment options for both hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation. Provided the condition is caused by damage or trauma to the skin, there are a multitude of topicals available to begin the healing process and generally these treatments can take up to 6-12 months depending on the severity.

Here at IGbeauty we offer an alternative solution with our eDermaStamp micro needling treatment. The way this therapy works is by applying a topical treatment to the affected skin and going over it with a rolling or stamping device that in turn punctures your skin with very small needles. This regulates signals between melanocytes and keratinocytes and it is essential in the development of new skin cells. The mild bleeding caused is also a crucial part in the regeneration of your skin. Afterwards, another topical treatment is administered to soothe the treated area.

Depending on the severity of your condition this treatment can take anywhere from 1 to 1.5 hours and the aftercare is very minimal compared to other invasive treatments of the sort. What is so remarkable about our eDermaStamp Micro needling treatment, it also called Collagen Induction therapy, is that you can start to notice very real differences in your skin in as little as 2 -6 sessions!  Collagen Induction therapy has long lasting benefits that you will notice years down the line and fresh, vibrant skin should be visible at the very latest within 3 months of commencement of treatment.

Skin is such a complex organism and we need to do our part to maintain the vibrant elasticity of our skin. Sometimes the unexpected occurs and you find yourself in need of some help. Let our experts at IGbeauty find the best solution for your skin and a healthier you!

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