Summer tips issued for treating skin pigmentation

Dark skinned woman covering up against the sunWith the UK's summer holiday season at its height, an American website has published an article highlighting treatment options available for anyone who feels they have to cover up because of skin pigmentation. A patient's natural skin tone will determine which treatments are most likely to be successful, said the article on Onlymyhealth.com, but people become more prone to the condition as they get older. In dark-skinned people, hyperpigmentation is the most common problem. Resulting in excess darkening of areas of the skin, if these darker patches go deep below the skin's surface, microdermabrasion or chemical peels such as those offered by Obagi are among the procedures which are best for tackling the problem.Brown patches which appear on lighter skin are often caused by a skin condition known as melasma. Patients taking oral contraceptives or undergoing hormone replacement therapy have been found to be at particular risk of these. If the marks are superficial, a light treatment is usually effective in reducing them Isolaz being one of the most widely used. If they have penetrated deeper into the skin, however, a course of laser treatments, microdermabrasion or chemical peels can again reduce the symptoms. General pigmentation problems should first be treated by applying a hydroquinone or retinol-containing cream to the affected area, said the article, and only if this proves ineffective should treatment using a chemical peel or intense pulsed light (IPL) be considered.