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Pigmentation & Uneven Skin Tone

Pigmentation usually occurs from too much exposure to the sun. Too much sun can create blotchy skin that has freckles, age spots and larger discoloured skin patches. Depending on your skin type, CO2 fractional laser and PRP skin can be very effective treatments in helping reduce pigmentation and significantly improving the overall texture of your skin. For a very mild alternative with minimal downtime, we usually recommend microdermabrasion.

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About Pigmentation, Uneven Skin Tone and Enlarged Pores

Hyperpigmentation can be caused by too much sun exposure. Ultraviolet rays can trigger your body to produce melanin, a dark pigment. The increased melanin may protect your body from further sun damage.

The sun doesn’t just give you an even glow. It can cause age spots and uneven skin. Many Australians get plenty of sun exposure. Even if you’re careful about sun protection, you could develop some signs of sun damage.

You can even get sun damage through glass. UVB rays, the ones that cause sunburn, don’t pass through window panes, but UVA rays can. Those can be responsible for signs of ageing.

Sun damage can also make your pores look bigger. UV exposure can inflame your skin. The thickened cells that collect around the edge of your pores may give them a larger appearance.

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Uneven Pigmentation and skin tone

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What Causes Pigmentation, Enlarged Pores and Uneven Skin Tone?

The sun isn’t the only thing that causes dark spots, uneven skin tone and enlarged pores. Your skin can lose elasticity as you age. When it droops, it can pull on the edges of the tiny holes at the surface, extending them. People with oily skin may naturally have larger pores than those with dry skin.

The skin can absorbs pollution and can develop dark spots from the exposure. This is especially common on the face.

Hormones may also be to blame. They can increase oil production, which can make your pores bigger. Some hormones can also affect the way that your skin produces melanin. Some women develop darkness around the cheeks, upper lip and forehead.

Beauty products and cosmetics can even make skin blotchy. Using products that contain soy can trick the body into thinking that it’s getting extra estrogen, which can make dark spots darker.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

Laser treatments, cosmetic grade peels and PRP microneedling can reduce hyperpigmentation. Lasers and peels remove the outer layer of skin. PRP Microneedling can break up pigment. All of these cosmetic treatments can also encourage the body to produce more collagen and elastin, which can improve your complexion above and below the surface. 

Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 on a daily basis can cut down on UVA and UVB exposure. Daily exfoliation can also help. However, home treatments may not have dramatic results. They may prevent unevenness from developing in the future, but they may not remedy dark spots. Skin treatments may accelerate the appearance of age spots and uneven skin tone.  

Laser skin resurfacing and PRP rejuvenation can promote healing, stimulate collagen and reduce signs of sun damage. These skin treatments can also tighten the skin, which can make pores appear smaller. 

Treatments That Can Help

CO2 Fractional Laser

How many? 3-5
procedure time? 30 mins - 1 hour

PRP Skin Treatment

How many? 3-5
Procedure time? 30 - 45 mins

Disclaimer: We are all unique. This means that treatment plans, the results, down time and recovery following treatment will vary from patient to patient. The information presented on this website should be used as a guide only.

At Hair & Skin Science, we provide free consultations with our friendly and experienced Doctors & cosmetic nurses.

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