Pigmentation & Uneven Skin Tone

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

About Pigmentation, Uneven Skin Tone and Enlarged Pores

Hyperpigmentation is typically caused by sun exposure. Ultraviolet rays trigger your body to produce melanin, a dark pigment. That’s what is responsible for a suntan. The increased melanin protects your body from further sun damage. However, if you have a tan, your skin has already been impaired.

The sun doesn’t just give you an even glow. It can cause age spots and uneven skin. Most 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 do. Those are responsible for signs of ageing.

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

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What Causes Pigmentation, Enlarged Pores and Uneven Skin Tone?

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

The skin 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 makes 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. This typically goes away after they give birth.

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 makes dark spots worse.

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 breaks up pigment. All of these cosmetic treatments also encourage the body to produce more collagen and elastin, improving your complexion above and below the surface.

Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 on a daily basis cuts down on UVA and UVB exposure. Daily exfoliation can also help. However, home treatments won’t have dramatic results. They may prevent unevenness from developing in the future, but they won’t magically remedy dark spots. Professional cosmetic procedures work faster.

Many procedures that promote healing, stimulate collagen and reduce signs of sun damage can also shrink pores. Lasers and PRP rejuvenation tighten the skin, making 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.

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