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Skin discoloration, melasma, or hyper pigmentation on the face and cheek of a Hispanic woman

Skin Discoloration

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See a Board Certified Dermatologist today!

Portrait of Ryan Harris, MD

Dr. Ryan Harris, MD is a board certified dermatologist located in Meridian, Idaho who has over a decade of experience in treating cosmetic skin issues such as skin discoloration.  If you have any cosmetic concerns and would like to discuss treatment options, contact our office to schedule an appointment today.

What causes our skin to become discolored?

A variety of factors contribute to our skin developing areas that are discolored or hyperpigmented. Sun exposure is one of the most important factors as excessive exposure leads to increased pigment production by the pigment producing cells. Other factors that discolor the skin include any sources of inflammation such as rashes, excessive dryness, or exposure to irritating chemicals or heat. Certain conditions such as melasma are heavily influenced by hormones that circulate in our bodies. 

How can I prevent skin discoloration?

The most important step you can take to prevent skin discoloration is to be diligent with sun protection. In addition to preventing skin cancer, wearing sunscreen and sun protective clothing is an effective way to reduce all signs of aging including changes in skin pigmentation. 

How can I treat my skin to reduce discoloration?

The most effective cosmetic treatments to improve appearance of the skin include use of topical medication such as bleaching creams and chemical peels.

  • Topical medications - A variety of skin bleaching creams are used to restore skin to a normal and even pigmentation. These creams typically include ingredients such as hydroquinone, kojic acid, and azelaic acid and tretinoin.  We also carry the Epionce product line to help with a variety of skin issues including skin discoloration. Click on the following link to learn more: Epionce

  • Chemical peels - There are a variety of chemical peels used to restore the skin and even out pigmentation. Common peels include those containing trichloroacetic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or combinations of these and other chemicals. The goal of a chemical peel is to remove the upper layers of damaged skin which causes the body to produce a newer and healthier appearing skin with normal levels of pigmentation. Peels can be done at a variety of strengths to help achieve the desired goal. Click on the following link to learn more: Chemical Peels

 

  • Cryotherapy - Individual areas of excessive pigmentation such as sun spots can be treated simply with cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen). The extremely low temperature of the cryotherapy destroys some of the pigment producing cells and causes the skin to shed the overly pigmented area. 

 

 

See a Board Certified Dermatologist today!

Portrait of Ryan Harris, MD

Dr. Ryan Harris, MD is a board certified dermatologist located in Meridian, Idaho who has over a decade of experience in treating cosmetic skin issues such as skin discoloration.  If you have any cosmetic concerns and would like to discuss treatment options, contact our office to schedule an appointment today.