Age Spots and Pigmentation
Causes and Treatments
What is pigmentation, and what causes it?
Pigmentation is an inconsistent discolouration on the skin caused by the over-or underproduction of body pigment called melanin. The overproduction of melanin will see the skin turn darker (hyperpigmentation), while underproduction sees the skin turn lighter (hypopigmentation).
Healthy, undamaged skin cells will appear normal on the surface, but overexposure to the sun, hormonal imbalance or mechanical damage can cause changes to the cells, leading to blotchy discolouration.
What are age spots, and what causes them?
Age spots are small spots on the skin that can range from light brown to black in colour. They often group together and are the same texture as the surrounding skin, ranging in size from freckle-size to half an inch wide.
The skin’s natural ageing process is the most common cause, but genetics, hormones, and sun damage can also cause them to appear.
What treatments are available?
The first step to treating pigmentation or age spots is identifying the cause behind it as inappropriate treatments could cause the situation to worsen. Here at Koha Skin Clinic, we always start your skin journey with a thorough consultation using our Skin Scanner to identify the cause and the severity of the condition.
The majority of darker pigmentation is treatable with our Laser Skin Rejuvenation treatments which use the Candela GentleMax Pro Laser. The treatment is highly effective and relatively quick with little downtime.
DermaQuest Chemical Peels can also have a noticeable impact on lighter pigmentation or hormone-related problems, such as melasma.
An appropriate at-home skincare regime will also be crucial in treating pigmentation.
Start Your Journey
Embark on your journey to healthier, clearer skin with a Skin Consultation at Koha Skin Clinics. We’ll analyse your skin, getting to the root of any problems using our Skin Scanner before putting together a bespoke treatment plan, detailing step-by-step how we’ll support you in treating age spots and pigmentation.