urban skin charlotte nc logo

Treating Hyperpigmentation and/or Melasma After Unprotected Sun Exposure in the Winter

You can’t go a day on Skincare Tiktok, Youtube, or Reddit without people repeating the mantra: “Apply your sunscreen every day!”. Let’s be real… most of us are not going to do that. 

Did you know that sun damage can still occur both indoors and in the winter months? Nobody is safe. One of the main side effects of long-term sun damage in darker skin tones is hyperpigmentation and melasma– two skin conditions that result in discoloration of the skin. Let’s talk about how you can treat your uneven skin tone after seeing the effects of long-term and sneaky winter sun exposure. Fortunately, there are dermatological treatments available to help you rescue your skin from hyperpigmentation and melasma.

Symptoms and Causes of Hyperpigmentation and Melasma

Before beginning any skin treatment or procedure, it is important that you properly understand the type and cause of your uneven skin tone. If you are unsure, the best thing to do is to book a consultation with one of our skin experts.
Consultations are $50, which can be put towards your service of choice if you decide to proceed.

Skin pigmentation disorders affect the production of melanin – the pigment which gives you the color of your skin. Abnormal melanin production results in white or dark spots on your skin that can affect either patches of skin or your entire body.

Too little melanin results in hypopigmentation, in which your skin gets lighter – as seen in vitiligo, infections, blisters, and burns. Too much melanin results in darker skin patches, called hyperpigmentation, which especially affects the forehead, cheeks, upper lip, nose, and chin. Hyperpigmentation can be caused by genetics, acne, pregnancy, certain diseases, natural aging, and sun exposure.

Melasma is a specific type of hyperpigmentation that particularly affects melanated skin tones and is thought to be caused by genetics, medications, pregnancy, thyroid abnormalities, stress, and/or sun exposure. The result is dark skin patches on the upper cheek, nose, upper lip, and forehead. Sun exposure is a prime trigger for recurrences, which is why people who have melasma typically get it repeatedly. 

Hyperpigmentation and Melasma Treatment Options

While there are several cutting-edge treatment options to help get rid of hyperpigmentation and melasma, it is important that you find procedures that are suitable for your specific skin type, skin tone and skin condition. You should also consider working with skincare specialists who are experts in treating melanated skin. Book a consultation with one of our skincare specialists to get an overview of all treatment options that would be best suited for your unique needs.

Some of the dermatologically recommended treatment options for alleviating your melasma and hyperpigmentation offered at our clinic include: 

  •  Even Tone Support Injections
  • Chemical peels
  • Microdermabraision
  • Cosmelan MD peel, 
  • IPL Photofacial
  • Microneedling + PRP
  • Clear + Brilliant Fraxel laser
  • Perméa Fraxel laser
  • Vivace microneedling with radio frequency energy

When administered by a skincare specialist, these treatments will provide you with clearer, healthier, and more radiant skin.

Call us today to book a complimentary consultation

For 8 years, our skin specialists have been treating melanated skin – our expertise and deep understanding of the spectrum of skin tones is second to none. At Urban Medspa & Weight Loss Center, we can help you achieve the glowing, radiant, and youthful skin of your dreams. We offer the most cutting-edge skin treatments at the best prices in Charlotte. Please ask our front desk staff to learn more about our monthly deals. Call us today to book a complimentary consultation with one of our skin specialists.