Types of Pigmentation
There are several types of pigmentation we can experience on our skin. The most common type of skin pigmentation is called Hyperpigmentation and causes dark spots on the skin. Hyperpigmentation is caused by sun exposure, aging, hormonal changes and certain medications. Another type of pigmentation is called Hypo-pigmentation, this type of pigmentation lightens the skin. We will further discuss how microneedling is used to treat pigmentation.
Microneedling for Melasma
Melasma, also known as the pregnancy mask is such a difficult skin condition to treat. However, Microneedling is the perfect treatment option for this tricky condition. Microneedling is less risky and more cost-effective than other treatments used for melasma.
Microneedling for Hyper-Pigmentation
When melanin is not evenly produced throughout the skin it makes you more susceptible to getting hyper-pigmentation. However, for those struggling with hyper-pigmentation microneedling is the perfect solution. With several treatments, microneedling will even out your skin tone and get rid of hyper-pigmentation.
It’s important that you avoid over exposure to the sun and always apply sunscreen while receiving microneedling treatments for hyper-pigmentation. Ignoring this advice can cause pigmentation to come back.
Can Microneedling cause Hyper-Pigmentation?
It is very rare to develop discoloration from Microneedling, but it can happen if the depth
is too deep and or the treatment is done too often. This can cause irritation which may lead to post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation. It’s recommended to receive microneedling every 4-6 weeks apart for maximum results and reduce the risk.
Microneedling for Hypo-Pigmentation
Hypopigmentation is when your skin appears lighter in spots on the skin. Hypo-pigmentation occurs when there is an absence or malfunction of melanocytes (melanin producing cells). Microneedling aids in the production of melanocytes and allows them to move from the surrounding skin into the discolored areas.
Microneedling is an effective treatment for pigmentation issues. Your pigmentation will not disappear overnight but it will go away after about 3-6 treatments. The right home care products and maintenance is essential in maintaining your results.