DULL SKIN | UNEVEN SKIN TONE | MELASMA

Uneven skin tone, dull skin and melasma are patches of skin become darker than surrounding skin. Age, genetics, medications, hormones, and sun exposure can cause skin discolouration and dark spots in the skin.

Hyperpigmentation is caused by an increase or overproduction of melanin within the skin. This includes freckles and birthmarks, moles, sunspots or age spots, melasma, and pigmented scars. Although different types of dark spots look similar, often there is a treatment best suited for a specific type.

DULL SKIN | UNEVEN SKIN TONE | MELASMA

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At 67 Degrees Cosmetic Clinic, we offer specialized treatments for all types of hyperpigmentation.

Sunspots or sun damage (aka age spots or liver spots) is one of the most common types of hyperpigmentation. Areas of the skin that are most exposed to the sun, such as high points on the face, shoulders and back, chest and back of the hands, are most prone to this hyperpigmentation.

Freckles can appear all over the face and body, or in small areas only like the cheeks or over the nose. Freckles may appear in the summer and disappear in the winter, or be present year-round.

Birthmarks and moles can both be either flat or raised. As the name implies, this hyperpigmentation is typically present from birth or early adolescence.

Melasma, also known as chloasma, is a distinct type of hyperpigmentation and skin condition, which is marked by dark, discoloured patches (usually a ‘muddy’ brown or grey-brown colour) of pigmentation on the skin. Typically, melasma occurs on the cheeks, over the bridge of the nose, on the forehead, chin and above the upper lip.

Often referred to as “The Mask of Pregnancy,” melasma is a chronic skin condition that is commonly triggered for women during pregnancy as it is largely hormonally induced. However, women on hormonal contraceptives, women that have never been pregnant, and men may all experience melasma.

Since heat and inflammation can worsen melasma, only specialized laser treatments may be used to treat this type of hyperpigmentation safely. In some cases, ‘traditional’ lasers for dark spots like IPL may worsen melasma.

Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation or PIH is the result of the skin cells responding to injury or infection within the skin. This is a type of inflammatory pigment that the body uses in part due to wound healing and as protection for surrounding cells. The most common cause of PIH is acne.

There are many ways to effectively remove dark spots and hyperpigmentation from the skin, and here at 67 Degrees Cosmetic Clinic we are proud to offer the most advanced options available. Our licensed specialists are equipped with all of the tools to create a fully customized, multi-layered approach to restoring even skin tone and complexion.

● ZO Skin Health to protect and repair the skin
● Ellipse IPL for pigment that is more red-brown or brown
● PicoWay for all types of pigment, including melasma.
● CO2RE for sun damage when fine lines, enlarged pores and uneven texture are present