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Are You Treating Your Hyperpigmentation the Right Way?

Updated: Oct 21, 2023

Hyperpigmentation can be a bothersome thing. With our skin constantly evolving, the melanin does as well which can lead to an unwanted uneven complexion.

Are there different kinds of hyperpigmentation? Yes! There are 4 types of hyperpigmentation, to better suit your skins needs let's take a look at them!

Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

These are the annoying dark spots that appear after your blemish has healed from your acne breakout. This is the most common situation when it comes to acne. The hyperpigmentation is the result of your skin recovering from the inflammation of breaking out. PIH also results from any damage to the skin such as a scrape on the knee or surgery incision sites.


Photoaging or premature aging is one of the most common effects of constant overexposure to harmful UV rays. This means natural AND artificial lights as well! Longer wavelength UVA rays are to blame in particular, as they affect the cells that control pigment (melanocytes), bringing out an uneven complexion.


Most commonly associated with pregnancy, melasma can be recognized by symmetrical brown or grey patches that most often appear on the cheeks, bridge of the nose, forehead, chin, and above the upper lip. Other factors that can contribute to melasma include birth control pills, hormone therapy, stress, and thyroid disease. UVA rays can also cause those melanocytes to spike and cause more pigment to the skin resulting in melasma.


Even though they are completely harmless, the overproduction of melanin from overexposure to the UV rays can appear on the face in the form of brown spots. Yes, in some instances freckles are hereditary; however, if you aren’t prone to freckles and you see them pop up, you now will know why.

How can you treat and prevent hyperpigmentation?

Formulas that contain AHA's or BHA's such as glycolic acid and salicylic acid are effective. Physical exfoliation is another great way to get rid of pesky hyperpigmentation as your skin regenerates every 28 days, so exfoliating off those extra dead skin cells can produce a brighter more even complexion. In addition, products that contain hydroquinone or other lightening ingredients are desirable as they help lighten up the dark spots. And of course, the most important aspect SUNSCREEN!!! Don't forget that broad-spectrum sunscreen in your daily routine!

AlumierMD products you can try:

Lightening Lotion (all skin types)

Why? Lightening Lotion is a smooth original formulation of powerful brightening agents that work by different mechanisms to enhance results for a more even-toned and radiant complexion. Hydroquinone (2%), licorice and white shiitake mushroom improve the appearance of brown spots, discolouration and sun damaged skin.

EvenTone (all skin types)

Why? EvenTone is a lightweight serum that contains naturally powerful brightening agents that work by different mechanisms to enhance results. Emblica™, white shiitake mushroom, licorice, and brightening peptides reduce the appearance of uneven skin tone. Hydroquinone-free formula.

Intellibright Complex (all skin types)

Why? Intellibright® Complex is a lightweight serum that contains naturally powerful skin brightening agents that work by different mechanisms to enhance results and resistance to new pigment formation. Arbutin, kojic acid, and punica granatum extract even skin tone and improve the appearance of discolouration and sun damaged skin. Hydroquinone-free formula.

AHA Renewal Serum (all skin types)

Why? AHA Renewal Serum is a clarifying formula with an alpha hydroxy acid that gently but thoroughly exfoliates, and hydrators to reduce the visible signs of aging and promote brighter, firmer and more radiant skin. Lactic acid (8%) removes dead skin layers, speeds cell turnover, reduces the appearance of discolouration, and smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Allantoin, sodium hyaluronate and vitamin B5 hydrate, while green tea and arnica soothe the skin.

Clear Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 42 (all skin types)

Why? Clear Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 42 is a lightweight, non-comedogenic, quick-drying physical sunscreen that provides powerful broad-spectrum protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays using a combination of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Niacinamide soothes and sodium hyaluronate hydrates.

Treatments to try!

To get smooth summer skin contact Prestige Laser Studio Medical Spa located in Burnaby, BC on Kingsway. For a complimentary consultation to find the best protocol and in-office treatments for your skin.


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