Contact Us Today

Schedule a consultation (613) 342-0220

Learning Center

Brighten Your Complexion and Lighten Discolouration with Microneedling

Hyperpigmentation goes by many names: sun spots, age spots, melasma and PIH (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation). One thing they all have in common is the complexity of the condition, and more importantly, that each case is unique, requiring  a customized treatment plan.

What is Hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation occurs when your melanocytes become overactive and produce too much melanin, the pigment that gives your skin, hair and eyes their colour. This can happen due to UV exposure, inflammation and/or hormonal influences. To learn more about what causes darkened skin and where it tends to develop read our blog Understanding Hyperpigmentation.

How Microneedling Fades Pigmented Lesions

Microneedling involves using an automated device that deploys microscopic needles deep into the dermal layers. This creates tiny injuries that trigger your skin’s wound-healing response. As the skin heals and recovers, healthy new unpigmented cells make their way to the surface. Over time, dark spots become lighter and in some cases fade away altogether.

Another positive change that occurs in the skin due to Microneedling is the downregulation of melanocytes – meaning they are less likely to respond to the stimuli that trigger melanin production, such as UV exposure and hormones.

Active Ingredients Play an Important Role in Fighting Pigment

Most clinicians treating pigmentation issues will incorporate skin-lightening creams and serums as part of the microneedling protocol. This amplifies the skin brightening effects even more because the tiny ports created by the needles allow the medicated ingredients to funnel much deeper. Post treatment products containing the same active ingredients are then recommended for home care.

The following skin-brightening agents help to fade hyperpigmentation:

Hydroquinone – chemical-based skin brightening agent

Arbutin – natural ingredient derived from Bearberry fruit

Kojic Acid – natural skin brightener recommended for melasma

Vitamin C – naturally-occurring vitamin with skin-brightening properties

Tranexamic Acid – helps correct the appearance of hyperpigmentation

Phenylethyl Resorcinol – balances melanin to correct the appearance of hyperpigmentation.

Niacinamide & Tetrapeptide-30 – prevents the appearance of spots while improving skin tone

Marine Extract Blend – corrects and prevents hyperpigmentation while supporting a healthy skin barrier

Phytic Acid – enhances skin texture and promotes even-looking skin

Why an Integrated Approach to Hyperpigmentation is Most Effective

Hyperpigmentation can be very stubborn and difficult to eradicate completely. That’s because there may be underlying health issues, hormonal fluctuations and other causes of why it keeps coming back. For this reason we always recommend a multi-disciplinary and targeted approach, based on each individual’s unique history.

A typical treatment protocol may involve a round of Microneedling in combination with IPL (intense pulsed light) and skin peels. Using several different modalities is highly recommended because pigmented lesions often reside in multiple layers of skin. Each procedure or products is designed to penetrate and target melanin at different depths, producing better results much faster.

Give us a call at 613-342-0220 to find out more about Hyperpigmentation treatments, and to learn of any special offers here at the Brockville MediSpa. We invite you to book a personalized consultation with Dr. Steyn. Look better without looking different!

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Schedule Your Consultation

Feeling positively ageless begins with the right knowledge.If you have questions regarding your skin, or are interested in learning more about a procedure please make an appointment to see us

Contact Us


Our Latest Blog

  • Creating a foundation with dermal filler: best technique to treat a saggy face

    Read More
  • Tighten pores, reduce dark spots and boost collagen with a skin peel? Yes!

    The holidays are fast approaching! With the world opening up again to social gatherings, you may be wondering how to give your skin a beautiful glow without undergoing a drastic procedure. Who wants to be red and swollen during the holiday season, right? That’s where a gentle skin peel might be a great option for […]

    Read More
  • Laser Hair Removal: Start Now and Have Smooth Skin by Summer!

    Both women and men can be afflicted with unwanted hair growth. Maybe you were born with coarse, dark hair on your face, legs or back. Or perhaps new hair has sprouted in places you’ve never had it before. The popularity of laser hair removal treatments and technologies proves that it’s a cosmetic concern that affects […]

    Read More
  • Post-injection bruising. Can you prevent it? What to do if you get a bruise.

    Read More
  • Vivier Jessner Peel
  • Laser Hair Removal Brockville Medispa
Free WordPress Themes, Free Android Games