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Irregular pigmentation and patchy, discoloured skin, whether a result of chronic sun damage, sun spots, or melasma, can cause a lot of distress and frustration.  Often multiple modalities are needed to effectively even the skin tone, combining in-office procedures with a customized medical grade science backed at home skincare regimen is key.  Having a Board-Certified Dermatologist like Dr. Annie Chiu evaluate the cause of uneven pigmentation is crucial before choosing a treatment.  As some lasers can make some types of pigmentation worse if not diagnosed correctly!

Common causes of uneven skin color and tone include:

  • Sun spots or lentigines that present as flat brown spots on sun exposed areas
  • Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation from conditions like acne
  • Melasma, characterized by patchy discoloration on the cheeks, forehead, and upper lip.

Having a Board-Certified Dermatologist like Dr. Annie Chiu evaluate the cause of uneven pigmentation is crucial before choosing a treatment. 

Intense Pulsed Light or IPL, resurfacing lasers can be very effective for sun-damaged skin or sun spots on the face, neck, chest, and hands.  Dr. Chiu is also a well-known expert in Physician-Grade Chemical Peels to reduce photodamage and turn back years on your skin.

Melasma, which is both a genetic and hormonal based discoloration of the skin is probably among the most stubborn conditions to treat.  There is no short cut to treating melasma other than a series of in-office procedures like Physician Grade Chemical Peels or Clear + Brilliant Laser mask coupled with regular use of skincare products formulated specifically for discoloration with ingredients backed by science and research.  At The Derm Institute, we offer a customized Bright and Radiant Package, which consists of alternating two Physician Grade Peels formulated specifically for your skin concerns along with two sessions of the Clear + Brilliant Laser to improve undesired pigmentation.  Maintenance cosmeceuticals, specially formulated lightening agents by Dr. Chiu, and sunscreen is essential in combination with these procedures.

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