HYPERPIGMENTATION: "Where did this dark patch of skin come from?"

In the beauty and skincare industry, there are things you want and things you don’t want. Things you want

include smooth, healthy, youthful looking skin.

And things you don’t want include fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, sun damage, and hyperpigmentation. Our primary goal at Papilio Spa and Wellness is to help you achieve your best skin so that you look and feel healthy and happy-inside and out. If you feel like hyperpigmentation is an issue you would be better off without, we’ve got you covered. As an aesthetician, I hear this question every day: "Where did this dark patch of skin come from?" Referred to as freckling, sun spots, age spots, liver spots, or the mask of pregnancy, dark skin spots are all types of hyperpigmentation, and (good news!) they’re all treatable.


Hyperpigmentation is something I see in many of my patients, and it is a condition that makes some people feel embarrassed or uncomfortable. The culprit is actually part of your skin’s natural defense mechanism: the production of melanin. Melanin protects our cells against stressors that involve skin cell damage. We know that all types of UV radiation from the sun have the potential to damage your skin. Reactive oxygen species, high temperatures and chemical stresses are also culprits that stress and damage our skin. Hyperpigmentation is our body’s reaction to the stress our skin experiences.

Keep in mind that you won’t necessarily see hyperpigmentation come to the surface of the skin right away. This means that in some cases, we won’t know the exact cause of your hyperpigmentation. If you do see it come up after a skin trauma or an injury, it is called PIH or Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation. It’s important to mention that all hyperpigmentation takes time to fully clear. For effective long-term treatment, it is essential to treat the underlying skin problem that is leading to the discoloration.


In consultation with my hyperpigmentation patients, we develop a skincare protocol. The goal is to prepare your skin for treatment, slow down melanin production, and aid in the healthy production of new skin cells. One of the first things we address is your current use of daily sunscreen; I make sure you’re using medical-grade sunscreen every day, 365 days a year! After we implement your home skincare regimen, further consideration of effective, results-oriented professional treatments to remove the hyperpigmentation of your skin is the next step.


Let’s talk Peels - With so many to choose from, peels are the most common treatment for hyperpigmentation. An effective peel can be formulated for every different type of skin. A customized peel regimen over a period of time will often achieve the desired results for many of my hyperpigmentation patients.

Microneedling is a newer treatment that effectively lightens and brightens the skin and has been increasingly used in treatment protocols for hyperpigmentation. Microneedling creates minor punctures to the skin with tiny needles in order to naturally stimulate and promote the production of healthy collagen and elastin. In addition to improving the skin’s texture and firmness, microneedling also improves the appearance of scars, making it a great option for people struggling with hyperpigmentation. The skin becomes brighter and healthier with each treatment.

HydraDerm Facial - A physical hydration and chemical exfoliation treatment, the HydraDerm Facial includes infusion of cell loving vitamins and minerals. While this treatment is certainly effective, it’s generally recommended that patients schedule a series of HydraDerm facials to achieve the maximum benefit. That being said, the HydraDerm Facial is one of our most popular treatments overall because you’ll see immediate, glowing results after even one session.

Laser Therapy - Laser hyperpigmentation removal treatments offer an improvement in skin tone and increased collagen production. Lasers are efficient at focusing on specific areas of your skin and can emit stronger laser energy to boost collagen production and limit scar formation risk. Hyperpigmentation treatment involves using lasers with a range of light emissions; the light range used depends solely on the extent of your condition. The medical professional laser treatment providers, Dr. Antia, Dr. Kouba, and Holly Ruttan, NP-C, offer a wide range of laser treatment options.

As I recommend for every condition or customized treatment plan, a consultation to determine the best possible treatment options to achieve your ideal outcome is always the first step. Contact us today to see if hyperpigmentation treatment is right for you.

Don’t forget: Summer Skin Refresh & Renewal Event

Purchase your tickets in advance for our Summer Skin Refresh & Renewal Event on Thursday, August 9th. Join us at The Second Story, located at 210 Clinton Street in beautiful downtown Defiance, Ohio from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Enjoy delicious lite bites, wine and refreshments from Sweetwater Chophouse as you learn about the latest services at Papilio Spa and Wellness-including FREE mini truSculpt consultations on site.

I hope to see you there!


Michelle McDonald, LMA

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