Dr Maureen Allem from Skin Renewal explains how to treat superficial and dermal hyperpigmentation.
There are many factors that could lead to uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation. Whether the problem is surface or deep dermal, depends on the depth to which the skin has been affected. Our skin is made up of layers, split by the epidermis (the top layer) and the dermis (which sits underneath). Excess melanin caused by hyperpigmentation can be found within either layers, and depending on where it occurs, it will define if the hyperpigmentation is superficial or dermal.
Superficial pigmentation can be treated at home with specialized products purchased from skin care salons.
But sometimes these products don’t work, as one BSA reader discovered, “I was told that my pigmentation was superficial and would be easy to treat.”
However, Dr Allem says it’s not uncommon to only see the superficial pigmentation at an initial examination. “The superficial pigmentation very often lies directly over the dermal pigmentation, and it’s only once you remove a lot of what is lying on top, that you can see the dermal pigmentation left behind.”
Dermal pigmentation has internal triggers. Dr Allem suggests that when you have deep pigmentation you may want to consider doing injectable Mesotherapy. “You are going to need some supplements to help treat the condition from the inside as well.”
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