Pigment Issues

Pigment issues are common, with a wide variety of causes, such as sun exposure, medications, hormonal issues, illness, or injury.

The most common types of pigment issues:

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) occurs from skin injury following acne, burns, psoriasis, friction, wounds, etc. As skin regenerates, PIH fades. PIH generally responds well to a variety treatments and products.

Treatment options may include Chemical Peels, AFT, SkinPen, Laser Genesis, Excel V.

Product requirements may include Retinoids, Hydroquinone or other skin brighteners/ pigment suppressants, Sunscreen.

Lentigines (Sun Spots/Age Spots/Freckles)

Lentigines (aka. sun spots, age spots, liver spots, freckles) result from UV exposure. These “spots” are not caused by age, they simply are sun damage. Treating lentigines requires great compliance, persistence and patience.

Treatment options may include Chemical PeelsSkinPenAFTClearLift, Cryotherapy.

Product requirements may include Retinoids, Hydroquinone or other skin brighteners/pigment suppressants/tyrosinase inhibitors, Sunscreen.


Melasma (aka. pregnancy mask) is a complex skin disorder. Typically, hormonally induced and triggered by light, heat and sun exposure, melasma manifests on skin’s surface as patches or islands of brown or grayish pigment. Melasma can be treated, controlled and cleared; however, it cannot be “cured.”

Treatment options include Chemical PeelsSkinPenDiamondGlow, Laser Genesis, topical medications.*

Product requirements include Retinoids, Hydroquinone, other pigment suppressants/tyrosinase inhibitors, or topical prescription medications, SUNSCREEN, SUNSCREEN, SUNSCREEN!

*Because melasma is triggered by heat and light, any pulsed light treatment such as IPL, photofacials, AFT, and most lasers are not appropriate treatment options for this skin condition.

Read our BLOG for continued information on melasma.