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Different Types of Hyper Pigmentation and How To Treat

December 9, 2013


Color: Light to medium brown

Where It Occurs: On the cheeks, sides of the face, upper part of the nose, forehead and above the lip

What It Looks Like: Splotchy patches that are inconsistent in shape and size

Caused By: A surge in hormones usually from pregnancy or birth control coupled with sun exposure

Treat It With: Hydroquinone and Retin-A; salicylic, glycolic acid peels; Forever Young BBL(IPL) plus vitamin C; Vi Peel. (Melasma is hard to treat because of its potential to recur.)


Sunspots (aka Age or Liver Spots)

Color: Light to dark brown

Where It Occurs: On the face, chest and hands

What It Looks Like: Small, flat, dark spots

Caused By: The sun

Treat It With: Retinol + Forever Young BBL(IPL)


Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)

Color: Pink, red or brown

Where It Occurs: Anywhere on the face

What It Looks Like: Flat spots

Caused By: Inflammatory acne

Treat It With: Light chemical peels



Color: Light to dark brown or even red or black

Where It Occurs: On the face, chest and arms

What It Looks Like: Concentrated small spots

Caused By: The sun

Treat It With: Vi Peel; Hydroquinone; Forever Young BBL(IPL)


Forever Young BBL (IPL)


Broad Band Light (BBL)/Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy consists of a series of 4 to 6 treatments in which a broad spectrum of light is transmitted through a small, smooth transparent hand piece gently placed over the skin. BBL/IPL passes through the top layer of skin (epidermis) and penetrates to the deeper layer (dermis) where blood vessels, pigment cells, and collagen are found. Because the epidermis is unharmed, the severe redness and peeling associated with traditional laser skin resurfacing is avoided.The gentle, non-ablative treatments can be used to treat the face, chest, neck and hands — virtually anywhere that sun damage shows. Intense pulsed light also reduces brown spots, erases broken capillaries, smoothes roughly textured skin, and diminishes flushing or redness of the face associated with Rosacea. BBL/IPL treatment is ideal for patients with active lifestyles as it requires no downtime and has a low risk of side effects.  Patients that have been treated with Forever Young BBL over the past 9 years have noticed that they appeared not to have aged over the nine years and looked 10 years younger that their actual age.


Schedule your consultation with Dr. Olson to learn what treatment would be best suited for you.



Used pieces from the article "4 Types of Hyper Pigmentation and What to do About it" in New Beauty


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