What causes discolored skin and how can I get rid of it?
Brown spots (aka hyperpigmentation, melasma, freckles, age spots, liver spots, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation/PIH), on the skin are caused by an overproduction of melanin. Melanocytes become damaged after overexposure to the sun or because of a hormone imbalance. Brown spots can appear anywhere on the body but is most commonly found on the face, back of the hands, the lower neckline in women and the head in men. Brown spots often begin to appear after years of sun exposure even if you no longer tan or use sunscreen. Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation also know as PIH is caused after a pimple/acne lesion has healed. Picking and squeezing acne lesions can cause PIH, often causing and/or exacerbating PIH.
Melasma is facial skin discoloration that looks like brown patches. Melasma appears on forehead, cheeks, upper lip and chin. Sun exposure, birth control pills, and pregnancy are thought to contribute to melasma. Most people with Melasma have a history of unprotected daily or intermittent sun exposure. It can affect all women of any background but people with olive or darker skin can be more prone to it.
Chemical peels and appropriate skin care products are an excellent treatment approach when it comes to controlling Melasma and maximizing your results. They both are necessary for optimal results. It is important to be cautious using chemical peels on certain darker skin tones sometimes found in people with Asian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, African American, and other dark-skinned ethnicities. Overaggressive peels may cause more skin discoloration.
A precancerous lesion, also known as Actinic Keratosis, is a change in some area of your skin that carries the risk of turning into skin cancer. Lesions can be skin colored, pink, red or brown. They are typically rough, dry patches that can become raised and hard. They can grow up to a centimeter or two in diameter. Caused by years of sun exposure and damage, precancerous lesions are often seen on the face, back of hands, chest, arms and lower legs.
TCA peels, Trichloroacetic Acid, can be effective in treating precancerous lesions. Usually requires a medium depth peel and has significant effects on discoloration. May require multiple treatments, but often significant improvement can be seen with just one. The risk factor: sometimes new lesions pop up from damage done years ago or continuing not protect your skin properly from sun exposure.
Celebrity Skin uses pharmaceutical grade skin care products designed to address brownspots on the skin.
Skin Care Treatments for Brown Spots
- Chemical Peels
- Body Peels
- Consultation and Skin Care Regimen (discussed during consultation)
- Celebrity Skin Signature Treatment
- The “Works” Facial Treatment
- Acne Facial / Deep Pore Cleansing
Chemical Peels can be very effective at reducing and eliminating brown spots / hyperpigmentation, freckles and age spots on all skin types.
Celebrity Skin Scottsdale is fully equipped for all conditions and stages of Brown Spots, Hyperpigmentation, Liver Spots, Age Spots, Freckles / Precancerous Lesions!