5 types of skin pigmentation, and how you can get rid of them!

November 9th, 2016 Posted by BLOG, Laser Skin No Comment yet

Don’t be laissez-faire about your skin:

Not all spots are made alike – they can be caused by different things, and lead to different appearances on your face. Whatever the causes are, there is no denying that hyper pigmentation troubles many of us. While cosmetics can cover most types of hyper pigmentation, it can be a troublesome and time-consuming process to have to do it every morning. Let us look into what skin pigmentation really is, and how we can get rid of pigmentation with microdermabrasion!

First and foremost, hyper pigmentation refers to an excess of pigmentation in the skin caused by an increase in melanin, the substance responsible for colour (pigment). The patches are darker than the surrounding skin and are typically non-raised. People with darker skin tones are more prone to hyper pigmentation and exposure to sunlight is a major contributor to getting dark spots.


Genetics are largely responsible for freckles, although environmental factors can affect how visible they are. They are flat, circular spots and tend to cluster around the upper cheeks, nose, and forehead. Exposure to sunlight encourages freckles to become more visible, so don’t think that tanning can hide these spots! Laser skin treatments for pigmentation, such as our Carbon Laser, are able to reach into the dermis to target these spots of pigmentation and reduce their visibility.

Post-inflammatory Hyper pigmentation:

In other words, these are dark spots brought about by previous trauma to the skin. Acne is a common cause for post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation, with many people living with dark spots on the skin long after acne has faded. This sort of pigmentation can happen on virtually any type of skin but people with darker skin may be more prone to this problem. Scars may diminish with time, but laser treatment for acne scars can help these marks fade quicker.

Sun Spots:

As the name implies, sun spots are caused by UV exposure. The skin produces melanin in reaction to sunlight, and these spots form after prolonged exposure to the sun. They may not appear immediately but instead surface months or even years later. They can appear anywhere on the skin that is frequently exposed to UV rays, such as the cheeks, forehead, nose, décolletage, and even hands. Our Laser Skin Quickie can target these problematic spots to reduce their appearance.

Age Spots:

Unlike the types of spots above, age spots are not brought about by an accumulation of melanin, but rather by cellular degeneration. Often confused with sun spots, age spots are caused by oxidation of lipids, rather than by UV exposure.


Melasma is hormonally induced, and frequently occurs during pregnancy. It is more prevalent in those with darker skin, and it usually fades on its own

So now that you know about the different types of hyper pigmentation, how can you go about treating it? Depending on the type of pigmentation you are looking to get rid of, we have a range of laser skin treatment specially formulated to reduce the appearance of pigmentation and acne scars. Laser treatments can penetrate deep into the dermis to without harming the top part of the skin, so you don’t have to worry about burns or downtime.

Here are a few tips to prevent the formation of pigmentation:

  • Stay out of the sun – or if you can’t avoid that, make sure you put on sunblock always.
  • Stop caking on the makeup. We understand that spots can be a source of embarrassment, but makeup can clog pores and lead to the formation of more zits.
  • Let the professionals handle it! Aestheticians have to be certified to perform laser resurfacing treatments for acne scars and pigmentation, so make sure you get them at credible clinics, like Only Clinic.

Peeved with unwanted pigmentation? Let us help you get rid of them. Contact us at + 65 6235 4434 or shoot us a mail at info@onlyclinic.com to find out how!

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