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Treatments For Hyperpigmentation Of The Skin

Updated on January 15, 2013

What Are The Best Treatments For Hyperpigmentation?

Medically speaking, hyperpigmentation is not considered a "serious" condition, but for the sufferer, it's a condition that can have a big impact on their self esteem.

There are numerous treatments for hyperpigmentation - the clinical procedures, such as laser therapy, and the less invasive treatments that take a more natural approach.

Here you'll find a comprehensive list of hyperpigmentation treatments that will help you choose the best for your skin.

Types Of Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation of the skin can vary in severity from very mild to severe, fortunately, severe cases are relatively rare.


Probably the most common form of hyperpigmentation. Caused by exposure to the sun and affects mainly the fairer skinned.

Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

Dark spots or patches of skin seen after an outbreak of acne.

Age Spots or Liver Spots

Dark spots of skin that can appear anywhere on the body. Often appearing as you get older.


Sometimes called "the mask of pregnancy", melasma often appears in expectant mothers, usually as brown patches on the forehead, nose and cheeks.

Clinical Treatments For Hyperpigmentation

Firstly, lets look at the clinical procedures that are available for treating hyperpigmentation.

Intense Pulsed Light Therapy

At the top of the clinical list of procedures is a process known as - Intense Pulsed Light therapy, or IPL for short.

High intensity light pulses are fired at the skin which turns to heat and is then absorbed into the skin. This process kills the cells which cause the darker pigmentation. The skin then scabs, peels and reveals new, lighter colored skin growth. A course of treatments is normally recommended, but with one session costing anywhere from $200 - $300, it can become very expensive.


Microdermabrasion is a relatively new treatment for hyperpigmentation. It is an intense form of exfoliation applied by a small handheld device. Tiny particles of aluminum oxide are fired at the surface of the skin, removing old dead skin cells. The treatment is very quick taking approximately 30 minutes, earning its nickname - "the lunchtime peel". Always choose a qualified professional for this procedure as if not carried out correctly, it can cause pin point bleeding on the surface of the skin. Treatments range from $75 - $150 per session, and a course is recommended for best results.

Chemical Peels

Of all the clinical treatments for hyperpigmentation, chemical peels are probably the least appealing. A chemical is applied to the skin which then removes the top few layers of skin. the skin then peels and scabs over. When the scabs heal fresh skin is revealed underneath. If you are thinking of going ahead with this procedure, make yourself fully aware of all the facts, and what is involved, before treatment.

Natural Remedies For Dark Pigmentation Of The Skin

When looking for a treatment for hyperpigmentation, many people will try natural remedies first. It's a great place to start. Many home remedies for hyperpigmentation can work very well for a great many people. Here are a few of the top natural remedies for hyperpigmentation.


Lemon is a well known antibacterial agent, and can be used in a great many ways. Lemon is also a natural bleaching agent, it can be used to bleach hair, and it can also lighten the skin. Dab lemon juice on the affected area and leave on the skin for 10 minutes, then wash afterwards with warm water. lemon is very acidic so when first trying lemon on your skin, try a test area first for skin reaction.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is one of natures amazing "cure alls". It can be used for all kinds of ailments with great effect, it is also effective at reducing hyperpigmentation. Dab a good quality apple cider vinegar directly on the skin twice a day. As with lemon, apple cider vinegar is acidic, so test a small area of skin first.

Vitamin E Oil

Vitamin E is an antioxidant which is great for the skin and will fight harmful molecules that create uneven skin tone. Break open a vitamin E capsule and apply the oil liberally to the skin daily.

There are countless natural remedies for hyperpigmentation and dark skin spots, it's just a case of trial and error and finding out what works for you.

Natural Hyperpigmentation Creams

Another option is hyperpigmentation cream. There are many big brand names claiming miraculous results, unfortunately the big brand names tend to spend their substantial budgets on fancy packaging and slick advertising rather than on the product itself.

Over recent years, a substance known as hydroquinone, which was regularly used as the main agent in skin lightening creams has been banned in all countries the European Union, and many others, due to concerns over its link to serious skin reactions. As a result, research has been concentrated on developing potent natural based creams.

There are a select few natural hyperpigmentation creams that are 100% chemical free, and are reported to have excellent results.

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      familialmediter 5 years ago

      Very nice lens. Lemon seems to work well on skin and appears to work for other forms of treatments but it's great to learn about all the other options. Thanks for sharing.