How to treat pigmentation and sun damage

Pigmentation treatment at UberSkin Laser Clinic

Pigmentation can be caused by several factors including the sun, hormones and medication. Pigmentation will therefore respond differently to different kinds of treatment.

The most common types of pigmentation we see, would be sun spots, also known as age spots and melasma.

So how can we treat the pigmentation?

We can use a combination of chemical peels, prescription products and lasers.

We use our PicoSure laser with its Focus Lens to treat pigmentation, including melasma. There is more pressure than heat as heat can cause melasma to become worse.

The burst of energy of the Focus Lens, breaks down pigment while simultaneously revitalising the skin, by stimulating collagen, elastin and mucin.

Sun damage and pigmentation treated at UberSkin laser Clinic

This is a lovely example of how we used our PicoSure laser to break down our patients’s pigment, while stimulating the skin to repair and regenerate. As you can see our patient’s skin tone and texture improved after 3 sessions of treatment.

Your first and most important step in preventing pigmentation due to sun damage, is to use a daily moisturiser with a built in SPF. A good mineral sunscreen will do the trick.

Pigmentation Treatment with PicoSure
PicoSure Pigmentation Treatment

This is another lovely treatment result achieved with a PicoSure laser. Our colleagues at The Richmond Skin and Laser Centre in Australia, kindly gave us their patient’s picture to share with you.

As you can see our PicoSure laser is ideal for all skin types and is safe and gentle enought to use, irrespective of age.

If you would like to see how our clinicians can help you, please feel free to contact us: hello@


Pigmentation – an overview

Pigmentation is a concern that affects men and women, and women are affected, more than men.

The interesting aspect of this, is that most people think only women wear make up to camouflage skin irregularities on the face. But men are getting more savvy in using make up as well – more on this is another blog.

Let’s get back to pigments and pigmentation……

Pigments, called melanin give your skin its natural skin colour.

We all naturally have different amounts of melanin or pigment in our skin, which give us 6 different skin types, known as Fitzpatrick skin types I-VI.

skin types, pigmentation, pigmentation treatment at UberSkin, Obagi medical products, Dr Michelle Lyners, Derry, Ireland

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can be too much or too little. What’s the difference?


Hypopigmentation occurs when you have areas, on your skin, that is less pigmented than your overall natural skin tone, like Vitiligo.

Today I am going to concentrate on….

Hyperpigmentation – generally people referred to it, as ‘pigmentation’.

What is it?

Hyperpigmentation occurs when you have an overproduction of melanin or pigment in your melanocytes, in certain areas of your skin.

What is the cause?

There are several factors that can contribute to an increased production of melanin such as:

  • Sun exposure
  • Hormonal changes
  • Medication
  • Iron overload
  • Medical conditions
  • And stress and environmental factors are also being mentioned as a contributing factor.

What does uneven pigmentation look like?

Uneven pigmentation can appear on any part of your body. But, people see your face. FIRST. That is how people recognise you.

Your pigmentation can appear as uneven patches on your upper lip, cheeks or forehead. You could have a combination of of these areas on your face. It’s that first impression that you would like to be comfortable with and that’s where we would like to help.

How can you treat pigmentation?

The best approach to treating pigmentation, is to have a combination of treatments, such as topical applications, prescription medication, chemical peels, light or laser therapy. These treatments, co-ordinated over time, between you and your clinician, can provide a long term improvement and solution to your pigmentation problem.

Interested in this treatment? Call us on +44 74 37377 244 or 028 7114 0021 and we can discuss your specific requirements and desired outcomes.

Get in touch with us!