A dermatologist tells us three ways to fend off hyperpigmentation
Treating hyperpigmentation is the toughest task in the skincare biz, according to Dr. Nowell Solish, Toronto cosmetic dermatologist. “If there was a treatment that could get rid of all hyperpigmentation it would be bigger than Botox,” he says. Here are his rules and recos.
1 Protect yourself from the sun “The sun is the major culprit in pigmentation. If you have pigment from acne, the sun makes it worse; if you have pigment from hormones, the sun makes it worse; and the sun also causes a lot of pigment.”
2 Try lightening creams Solish says hydroquinone in over-the-counter strength can have some effect and retinol can help, but he stresses that all topical treatments cause only modest improvement.
3 Head to the clinic “Chemical peels and lasers can help lighten the pigment,” says Solish. For sun damage, he recommends Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments, which he says can deliver about a 50 per cent improvement, sometimes more.
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