Melanocytes are specialised cells within the epidermis which produce a pigment called melanin. This is distributed throughout the epidermis in small bundles called melanosomes to protect the DNA of skin cells from UV damage. That’s why sun exposure darkens our skin – the more melanocytes in our skin, the easier we tan.
Damage to these cells caused by excessive UV exposure, thermal injury (ie. a burn) or inflammation can result in them behaving abnormally.
There are several types of pigmentation. An assessment is essential as the treatment plan will vary.
Sun damage: such as freckles / age spots / sun spots
Melasma / Chloasma (hormonal)
Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH): often following severe acne or injury. Can be triggered by some skin treatments, ie. chemical peels.
We offer a number of options for management of abnormal pigmentation in the skin:
Jan Marini Skincare Management program tailored to your individual needs
Other topical treatments including prescription medications
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
Pixel Laser System
Hormonal therapy where appropriate
Why do pigment treatments only have a temporary effect?
Most hyperpigmentation (overproduction of melanin in the skin) needs ongoing management to be effective. Calming the pigment-producing cells can be as important as stunning them, and often the two treatment approaches work well in conjunction with each other.
Will I need further treatments?
Most people with areas of hyperpigmentation will require ongoing management by keeping out of the sun, using specific topicals ingredients (appropriate skincare) and having repeat laser or pulsed light treatments from time to time.