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Skin Pigmentation Treatment: Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

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What is Skin Pigmentation?

Human skin color is determined by pigments called melanin that is produced by specialized cells of the skin. There are more than 150 genes that affect skin color either directly or indirectly. Sometimes, the melanin production goes awry; either too little or too much melanin is produced causing skin pigmentation disorders. These conditions make the skin appear lighter or darker than normal, or blotchy and discolored. Too much melanin causes hyperpigmentation and too little melanin results in hypopigmentation.

The root cause is generally attributed to internal factors such as hormones, endothelial cells, or biological conditions such as pregnancy. External factors such as ultraviolet radiation, burning, or contact with certain chemicals may sometimes cause pigmentation disorders. Stress and dietary imbalances, the precursors of many disorders, are also known to cause skin pigmentation disorders.

Since melanin is formed by a series of oxidative reactions that involve the amino acid tyrosine in the presence of the enzyme tyrosinase, inhibiting/regulating the action of tyrosinase can halt/alter melanin production. Most depigmenting agents thus target this enzyme.

There are some home remedies that can be used for treating skin pigmentation, but laser pigmentation removal is also a very popular remedy for treating skin pigmentation.

How is the Skin Pigmentation Treatment done?

There are a variety of treatments for skin pigmentation, a lot of which can be done at home. Making face packs is a very popular home remedy treatment option. The orange paste face mask is a very useful treatment option when it comes to skin pigmentation.

Grate the skin of an orange and make a paste/gel with few teaspoons of milk. Leave it on for half an hour and then massage gently and wash it off with warm water. Exfoliate your face at least 3 to 4 times a week with this paste.

Exfoliation encourages cell renewal and removes the dark blotches. Aloe vera is also very helpful when it comes to lightening dark spots on the skin. Aloe vera contains mucilaginous polysaccharides that can effectively lighten dark spots.

Sometimes, a skin infection, blisters, tan, sunburn, other burns or other trauma to your skin, may cause a decrease or increase of pigmentation in the affected area. These pigment alterations can be reversed and home remedies work very well for such conditions. Grind a few mint leaves and mix it with water to form a paste. To lessen dark pigmentation, apply the paste on the melanin spots and rinse it off after 15 minutes.

Apart from these home remedies, laser skin pigmentation removal treatment is a very popular option as well. Laser treatment is one of the most advanced treatments for removing unwanted pigmentation on the skin such as age spots, sun spots, and freckles.

Chemical peels are an exceptional choice for the treatment of hyperpigmentation. These peels are specifically formulated to help even out the overall skin tone, treat hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles while leaving the skin hydrated. Skin needling is highly effective for treating hyperpigmentation on dark skin colors.

This multitasking treatment creates rejuvenating microchannels into the skin to promote a more balanced and normalized cellular function. As melanocytes are directly targeted, a repair and corrective process encourage an even skin tone creating a radiant appearance.

Who is eligible for the treatment?

Skin pigmentation occurs when the body produces excess melanin, resulting in uneven patches on the skin. This is a cosmetic defect, and more often than not, it does not cause any pain or discomfort. It is only a source of annoyance. Anyone who suffers from skin pigmentation can go in for skin pigmentation treatments to regain the proper appearance of the skin, but it is not mandatory.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

Skin pigmentation is more a cosmetic problem than a disease, so getting treatment for it is not mandatory. If you still want to get treatment, starting out with home remedies is an option. There is no need to directly opt for laser treatment.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

Laser skin pigmentation treatments have strict post-operation guidelines that are mandatory for patients to follow. Skin upon which the laser treatment has been done will often appear red and possibly slightly swollen for the first 24 hours, so it is advised to avoid applying makeup or fragranced skin products, to avoid excessive sun exposure, and to use a sunscreen of 30 SPF or higher if you must go outdoors.

Avoid any trauma to the skin for up to 2-5 days, such as bathing with very hot water, strenuous exercise, or massage. Moreover, any additional cosmetic procedure, such as tweezing, waxing, bleaching or chemical peels, have to be avoided for at least up to 4 weeks after the treatment.

How long does it take to recover?

Laser skin resurfacing recovery and results vary depending upon the type of laser that is being used and the size of the area you wish to have treated. The most invasive treatments may produce enormous improvements but may require an extended recovery time of multiple weeks. A gentler laser skin rejuvenation treatment may reduce the appearance of some imperfections and may require little or no downtime.

Are there any side effects of skin pigmentation treatment ?

If the patient follows home remedies for treating skin pigmentation, there are no side effects involved. However, if the patient opts for laser skin pigmentation treatment, then there are a number of side effects involved.

Lasers are effective for the treatment of hyperpigmentation, but are not free of side effects.. Common side effects include redness of the skin, swelling of the treated area, and moderate irritation similar to the feeling produced by a mild sunburn. In rare cases involving laser skin resurfacing, side effects such as burning, scarring, or a change in the pigmentation of the skin have occurred.

Damage to your eyes can occur when lasers are used improperly during facial hyperpigmentation treatments; laser contact with your eyes can cause burns from laser exposure that can result in permanent blindness. Also, lasers that create extreme heat can cause your skin and tissue to heat up to damaging temperatures causing redness, blistering and burning.

What is the price of Skin pigmentation treatment in India?

If you opt for home remedies to treat skin pigmentation, they barely cost anything at all. However, laser surgeries for treating skin pigmentation are expensive, and they range from around Rs. 3000 to Rs. 5000 for a single session, and the patient has to undergo as many sessions as the doctor sees fit.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

Home remedies for skin pigmentation can often prove ineffective, so any results obtained via DIY remedies are not always permanent. However, a few sessions of laser skin pigmentation treatment can successfully reduce skin patches and pigmentation, while guaranteeing that the patches won’t come back.

What are the alternative treatment of skin pigmentation?

Laser skin resurfacing and other laser treatments have been very popular in treating skin pigmentation, as well as diminishing the appearance of age-related skin damage. However, before deciding that the deteriorated condition of your skin requires the employment of a cosmetic treatment, you may try incorporating prescription skin care products into your morning routine to improve your skin's health.

.You can also consult your local dermatologist, many of these products contain potent mixtures of vitamins and other nutrients along with other skin clarifying solutions to improve the way your skin feels as well as the way your skin looks. You can also go for follow homeopathic treatment, herbal treatment and ayurvedic remedies for skin pigmentation as a alternative treatment of skin pigmentation

Popular Questions & Answers

Hello, I recently used elocon ointment near my nose and after 5 hours I noticed that the area with the cream had lightened by a few tones. I only used it once, it is not itchy but I was wondering if this would fade away with time? My skin in that area is thin but there are no signs of damage. What can I do to even out the color?

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Hi miss Lybrate user, elocon cream is not used for pigmentation concerns on a regular daily basis. If your skin concern is pigmentation, I advise you to consult a dermatologist. You can use a kojic acid or glycolic acid preparation in the nighttim...

I have very dark underarms and I have done chemical peeling but it didn’t work. Can I use melaglow or if you can recommend me some other creams it would be really helpful. Thank you.

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R you stressed? Take adequate sleep. Sleep deprivation can cause dark circles. Use some sunblock with spf (at least 50) every time you go out in sun. U can do the following 1. Tomatoes--mix one teaspoon of tomato juice with one and a half teaspoon...

Which is best for body skin whitening hands legs etc demelan or kojivit plus gel and if from this two I apply in my body do I need to use sun screen.

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No. Treatment depends on the grade of pigment skin. For detailed prescription do direct online consultation with photos.

Hi, I have recently started applying tretinoin 0.025% as a part of acne treatment. After 2 weeks my skin around mouth started pigmenting and now the skin is really sensitive and dark. What should I do?

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Dear lybrate-user, may I know wat time you are applying the medicine? Which face wash you are using? I would suggest to stop applying the cream n wait for 2 weeks.
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