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Dermatologist Explains - Best Treatments for Hyperpigmentation and Dark Spots

When it comes to the science of hyperpigmentation, who can you trust more than a dermatologist? Patchy, uneven skin tone can be one of the most stubborn issues for the complexion.

What Is Hyperpigmentation And What Causes It?

Hyperpigmentation is a very common condition that occurs when a specific part of your skin darkens compared to your baseline skin colour. Sun exposure, hormones and inflammation all play very important roles in hyperpigmentation. Sun exposure causes stimulation of pigment-producing cells in the skin called melanocytes. These cells in turn increase their melanin production, to protect other cells from UV radiation.

The rate of melanin production is also increased by hormones such as estrogen. Therefore, during pregnancy, most women should expect an increase in hyperpigmentation.

Another important factor is inflammation. Inflammation of the skin may leave dark patches, which is known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This condition is more common in darker skin types. Certain medical conditions, medications and genetic predispositions also play a role in skin pigmentation.

What Are The Best Ways To Prevent Uneven Skin Tone?

Sun is the primary factor that leads to an alteration in skin tone, which is also called dyspigmentation. UV exposure can increase melanin production, leading to dark spots and uneven skin texture. If one gets a sunburn, this can lead to inflammation of the skin and the production of new blood vessels called telangiectasias, otherwise known as broken blood vessels (red spots).

Sunscreen and sun protection are essential to prevent sun damage and undesired skin tone changes. Direct sun exposure should be avoided when the sun is most intense - between 10 AM and 2 PM. Protective clothing such as wide brim hats, or clothing with SPF is also helpful in preventing skin damage and disrupting your natural skin tone.

As a dermatologist, I'm often asked to explain the best treatments for dark spots and hyperpigmentation.

From experience, the best treatment for sun spots or treatment for sun damage has been Laser pigmentation removal.


Laser is a safe and effective solution to treat hyperpigmentation. At Kampala Dermatology skin clinic we use Light Pod Neo Laser with its patented 650 Microsecond Technology to target and destroy areas of excess pigment in the skin.

At Kampala Dermatology clinic we provide laser pigmentation treatment using the latest laser technological advancement. The Pod Neo Laser with its patented 650 Microsecond Technology is attracted to the darker pigment, shatters the pigment and draws it to the surface. With this kind of laser the darker pigment flakes off 4-5 sessions after treatment. This hyperpigmentation treatment will work as an effective sun damaged skin treatment, freckle removal treatment, and reduce dark blemishes and sunspots. The Light Pod Neo Laser treatment also has the added benefit of rejuvenating the skin - after the course of pigmentation reduction Laser treatments you will be left with a brighter, clearer, and more even skin tone.

Pigmentation laser treatment is suitable to remove sun damage on the face, sun damage on decolletage or sun damage on hands. OTHER treatments for hyperpigmentation are lightening creams, face acids, Retinoids and chemical peels which are available at Kampala Dermatology skin clinic.

Schedule your consultation with Dr Ronnie Katureebe at Kampala Dermatology Clinic located at Bugolobi Bandali Rise in Kampala, Uganda.

To learn more about how you can change the appearance of your face with the latest laser treatment book a session with Dermatologist and Skin Wellness Expert Dr Ronnie Katureebe at Kampala Dermatology, to schedule a consultation submit to our online option form website options or call +256 780 907156 today.

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