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Uneven Skin Tone in Rockford / South Barrington / Palm Beach Gardens

Uneven skin tone or hyperpigmentation is when patches of skin become darker than the surrounding skin.

Sun exposure can cause an increase in skin pigment (melanin) either in the top layer of the skin or in the deeper layers of the skin. Pigments in the deeper layers are more difficult to treat. However, there are skin treatment options available that can help in improving the condition to a very large extent.

While hyperpigmentation can occur in any skin tone, in people with brown or olive skin tones, the presence of high levels of melanin can make the issue of uneven skin tone more prominent. In a lot of cases, treating hyperpigmentation can lead to an actual worsening of the condition – unless you are being treated by an expert.

At Pryor Health, we have a team of highly experienced dermatologists and skincare professionals who have years of expertise in treating the issue of uneven skin tone. So, if you are looking for the best uneven skin tone specialist in Rockford, IL, then give us a call or visit us at Pryor Health today!

The Best Treatments for Uneven Skin Tone

There are a number of treatment options available that can help resolve hyperpigmentation. The process, however, can take several treatment sessions – and in most cases, it may require routine maintenance treatment sessions to maintain results.

The basic treatment approach includes boosting the cell turnover by getting rid of older or top layers of the skin and allowing pigment trapped in the deeper layers to come to the surface and slowly fade away.

OTC Treatment for Uneven Skin Tone

There are a number of topical brightening and exfoliating skincare products made with active ingredients that can effectively improve your hyperpigmentation over time. Consider the following. Serums and moisturizers with niacinamide (a vitamin B3 derivative) work to effectively prevent pigment granules from forming in skin cells in the skin.

Additionally, Azelaic acid, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), as well as licorice root extract have also proven to be effective in addressing hyperpigmentation. These ingredients work by interrupting the enzyme (tyrosinase) which is a catalyst for triggering the production of melanin.

Acids such as alpha-hydroxy acids, lactic, and glycolic acid present in CHEMICAL PEELS Skin used by an aesthetician or dermatologist can also be bought at a pharmacy. And while these acids come in weaker concentrations, they are effective.

What Causes Uneven Skin Tone?

Internal factors such as acne, stress, hormonal fluctuations, and external factors such as sun damage can lead to the skin developing dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Inflammation and tissue damage which happens due to skin breaking-out (acne, pimples) can lead to an increase in pigment production in a process called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).

PIH can also be caused anytime the skin is irritated due to other conditions such as an allergic reaction, psoriasis, dermatitis, or eczema. You should also know that cosmetic treatments which include laser and CHEMICAL PEELS Skin can also lead to an inflammatory response – which is why in people with darker skin tones, there is always a risk of hyperpigmentation becoming worse.

Sometimes, an underlying medical condition (thyroid or lupus), stress, and hormonal fluctuations lead to hyperpigmentation and the condition can present via brown or gray patches of skin commonly referred to as melasma or chloasma. Melasma in a lot of cases cannot be effectively treated since the pigment occurs in the deeper layers of the skin. The condition is more common in women – especially in pregnant women. Furthermore, hormonal replacement medications and birth control pills can also trigger Melasma.

You are invited to book a treatment at Pryor Health where we offer a full range of Surgical, Medspa and Wellness services to take years off of your appearance. We are known for our results and care of our patients.

Pryor Health Locations

Rockford, IL
5995 Spring Creek Rd Rockford, IL 61114

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South Barrington, IL
100 W Higgins Rd Suite F-50, South Barrington, IL 60010

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Roscoe, IL
5605 E Rockton Rd, Ste A Roscoe, IL 61073

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Beloit, WI
1905 E Huebbe Pkwy Beloit, WI 53511

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL
3502 Kyoto Gardens Dr, Ste A Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

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