Age Spots & Discoloration
The most common discoloration of the skin is an age spot. Age spots reveal themselves over time and are usually located in sun-exposed areas. This sun overexposure is referred to as photodamage. Age spots can be treated by many different modalities including topical hydroquionone and retinoic acid, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels.
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, commonly referred to as PIH, is the discoloration left after an injury to the skin commonly caused by acne, a burn, a scratch, etc. This discoloration is more common in people with dark complexions but can occur as a deep redness in those of lighter skin types.
The pigmentation changes that occur with PIH are located in the dermis of the skin and are sometimes difficult to reach. Although it may go away on its own with time, sometimes it does not go away without targeted skin care. One of the best treatment options for PIH include repeated superficial peels.
A consultation and skin analysis will determine the best course of action for you.