How Can Skin Discoloration be Treated?While skin discoloration is not typically a serious condition, it can be a highly-visible one. It occurs when a person’s skin has become abnormally light or dark due to the production of melanin, a substance that gives skin its color.

Hyperpigmented skin occurs when skin cells produce too much melanin. If too little melanin is produced, hypopigmented skin occurs. Hyperpigmentation can be caused by overexposure to sun, use of certain medications, or a history of skin inflammation, while causes of hypopigmentation include vitiligo (a chronic autoimmune condition, in which patches of skin become extremely discolored), and fungal infections.

Many cases of skin discoloration can be treated with at-home methods, including the use of certain over-the-counter cremes, using sunscreen on a regular basis, and avoiding sun exposure. However, for more persistent cases of skin discoloration, it’s important to consult a dermatologist. Treatments recommended for treating skin discoloration include:

  1. Chemical peels. Chemical peels rejuvenate and improve the appearance of skin. A chemical peel works by removing outer layers of skin that have been damaged, creating noticeable improvements to patient’s skin, including improving the texture of skin as well as any abnormalities. After undergoing a chemical peel, patients will be able to experience healthy, visibly improved, younger-looking skin. The strength of a chemical peel will be determined based on the needs of each individual patient.
  2. Vi Peel™. The Vi Peel is used for improving the appearance of skin on the face, chest, and hands. The Vi Peel helps improve various skin conditions, including acne scarring and uneven skin tone, with minimal pain and downtime. The Vi Peel has become extremely popular among patients, since it can be used on neraly any skin type, and because treatment usually takes just 20 minutes to complete!
  3. Allumera®. Allumera is a treatment, which consists of a topical light absorbing cream being applied to skin. A light source is then aimed at areas of uneven, damaged skin. Using this treatment, a dermatologist restores skin so it looks youthful and even-toned, without pain or any downtime!


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