What is Hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is a common condition, where patches of skin become darker in colour. This darkening occurs when an excess of melanin; i.e. the brown pigment that produces normal skin colour, forms deposits in the skin.

Hyperpigmentation can affect the skin colour of any race.


Types of Hyperpigmentation?

Melasma is believed to be caused by hormonal changes and develops during pregnancy. Areas of hyperpigmentation can appear on any area of the body. They appear most commonly on the abdomen and face.

Sunspots, or solar lentigines, are common. They’re related to excess sun exposure over time. Generally, they appear as spots of hyperpigmentation on areas exposed to the sun, like the hands and face.

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is a result of an injury to the skin.


What causes Melasma?

Skin tone is defined by the presence of melanin, where darker skins have higher and lighter skins have lower amounts of melanin.

Melasma occurs when there is an increased melanin production causing dark patches in some areas, resulting in uneven, blotchy skin. Causes of hyperpigmentation could be due to a genetic predisposition, which is aggravated by exposure to sunlight.  Hormonal changes, such as pregnancy, menopause or taking oral contraceptives can also lead to Melasma.


How to treat Hyperpigmentation?

At Envisage we have various options on offer, depending on the type of Hyperpigmentation to be treated; i.e. Laser, Skin Peels or Dermamelan.  We will also advise you on a suitable homecare range in order to support our instore treatments.

In order to establish the best solution, we would do a complexion analysis and then discuss the best option for your skin and condition.

What to do with sunspots?

We recommend our very effective Laser Limelight treatment which is a non-invasive approach to skin rejuvenation.  Not only does it target the sunspots, but assist in improving the overall skin tone and surface imperfections associated with aging and photodamage.

How to treat Melasma?

Envisage is an authorised stockist of dermamelan®, a very effective treatment from the house of mesoestetic®. 

It acts by blocking the melanin-producing enzyme (Tyrosinase), therefore reducing the production of Melasma. A significant reduction in brown patches may be detected only one week after starting treatment. The appearance of new, luminous and rejuvenated skin is present, and skin continues to improve with the use of the maintenance products.

What are the benefits of dermamelan®?

>  effective pigmentation treatment for most

>  not very painful

>  skin rejuvenation is an added anti-ageing benefit

>  beneficial for acne patients

>  safe all year round although we recommend in winter

>  efficient homecare prolongs and maintains the results


> Compatible with all skin photo types, for both men and women

> Effective on all types of Melasma

> Uneven and irregular with undefined edges; frequently symmetrical with a shadow-like appearance

> Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH)

> Irregular, flat and asymmetric spots of dark pigmentation, either localised or dispersed

> Solar and senile lentigo

> Spots that are oval, round, lentil-shaped or even (measuring 2-20 mm)

> Ephelides |(freckles)

> Small, flat, pigmented spots (multiple and symmetrical; light brown)

> Pigmentation from old scars or acne