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Hyperpigmentation is a term for all types of dark spots or marks on the skin. That includes both tiny freckles and large splotches! Those discolorations show up when something triggers the skin to produce more melanin than normal.
While hyperpigmentation is very common, especially as a response to sun exposure or hormonal changes, it can still take a toll on your self-esteem. This is especially true with prominent or large discoloration like melasma.

What Triggers Hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is often triggered by trauma to the skin. As an inflammatory response, the skin produces more melanin pigment than usual. It can occur due to sun exposure, injury, acne, or other skin conditions. Certain medications can cause hyperpigmentation, as well. 

In other cases, hyperpigmentation can be caused by hormonal changes. For example, there’s a type of diffused, patchy hyperpigmentation called “melasma” that often occurs during pregnancy. 

Hyperpigmentation is benign, but some moles or spots can be precancerous. Speak to your doctor and make sure to get screened regularly for signs of skin cancer, especially if you have a lot of freckles or moles on your body. 


Best Treatments for Hyperpigmentation 

If you’re unhappy with any spots or marks, we’re here to brighten you up! We have a whole arsenal of treatments that effectively fade hyperpigmentation and dark spots. 


Targeted Dark Spot Removal 

Our most successful dark spot removal treatment is our laser photofacial. Created specifically to address hyperpigmentation, this treatment utilizes laser technology to target the pigmented levels of the skin. The stimulation from the light helps eliminate dark spots in as little as one or two treatments depending on the severity of your condition.


Sylfirm X

Sylfirm X is the latest innovation in ultra short pulse microneedling technology that ONLY REACTS to abnormal blood vessels and tissue to SELECTIVELY treat pigmentation and vascular lesions. It is the ONLY RF Microneedling device approved to SAFELY tackle neovascularities including “hard to treat” conditions like melasma and rosacea.

Beyond pigmentation and neovascularities, Sylfirm X is clinically proven to safely and effectively address a number of issues including laxity, wrinkles, large pores, acne scars, stretch marks, scalp rejuvenation/circulation and improving the overall tone and texture of the skin.


Microneedling with Dp4™ DermapenWorld™

Since microneedling boosts collagen and elastin production in the skin, microneedling can help reduce the visible depth of acne scarring, this award winning treatment is beneficial to any skin type. Multiple sessions of microneedling treatments are extremely beneficial for those looking to address the appearance of acne scars, wrinkles and fine lines and overall skin rejuvenation.



The eMatrix-Sublative Rejuvenation uses fractionated bi-polar radio frequency to penetrate through the skin, where the RFenergy generates fractional deep dermal heating to induce skin injury and maximize collagen production–while keeping the top layer of the skin intact, leading to a rejuvenated appearance of the skin.
This is an important factor in why it’s safe for all skin types.


Renewing Facial Treatments 

From extreme fractional laser resurfacing to the gentlest facial, all-over treatments can help address all signs of photoaging, including hyperpigmentation as well as fine lines and wrinkles. 

These treatments are ideal if you have diffused pigmentation or spots all over the face. We’ll be happy to suggest the right option depending on the condition of your skin, your budget, and your personal preferences. 

Fractional laser often provides the fastest and most comprehensive results but it’s quite intense, so we may recommend more gentle but still impactful treatments like JetPeel, Dermalinfusion, Hydrafacial or chemical peels


Skin Brightening Skincare

At home, you can use daily skincare to support your efforts to get rid of hyperpigmentation. You need to use ample sunscreen to prevent sun spots from occurring in the first place, as well as to prevent existing ones from getting worse. Even hyperpigmentation not related to sun exposure, like melasma, can still become more prominent due to UV exposure. 

Additionally, you can try ingredients that reduce the visibility of discolorations. Those ingredients include retinol, vitamin C, glycolic acid, and more. Finding the right skincare routine can be difficult, though, so we’d be happy to help you design a personal skin-brightening routine with medical-grade products that work.

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Hyperpigmentation FAQ

Hyperpigmentation can be split into three main categories, depending on its cause: 

  • Solar lentigines: Also known as age spots or dark spots, these are considered a type of photoaging caused by cumulative sun exposure. 
  • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation: Sometimes referred to as a type of acne scar, this hyperpigmentation comes after the skin has experienced injury or trauma, including a breakout. 
  • Melasma: This hormonal hyperpigmentation leads to diffused patches of darkness on the skin. It often occurs during pregnancy or as a result of hormonal medications.

Getting rid of hyperpigmentation comes down to a few things: First, you must deal with the factors that lead to hyperpigmentation, whether that’s treating your acne or avoiding sun exposure. Next, to actually get rid of it, it’s best to combine skin-renewing treatments with at-home, skin-brightening skincare.