No More Spots: Pigmentation Removal Treatment in Singapore

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Notice those spots on your skin? That is a sign of ageing.

As we get older, changes with our skin are inevitable. Our skin's complexion gets dull and lifeless and many suffer from a skin problem called pigmentation. This is commonly caused by too much exposure to the sun. Aside from ageing, pregnancy hormones, certain medications, diseases, and skin trauma can also cause skin pigmentation.

With the tropical climate in Singapore, many are prone to pigmentation problems. This is why, in this article, One Face Skin & Aesthetics Clinic gives us insights as to what pigmentation removal in Singapore is most suitable for your pigmentation problem.

Most common pigmentation problems in Singapore

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Pigmentation is the discolouration of the person’s skin. For us to treat your skin pigmentation properly it needs to be correctly diagnosed. Here are the most common types of pigmentation we observe in our patients in Singapore:

1. Melasma

It is characterized by light to dark brown patches on both sides of the cheeks and forehead. Melasma is also known as the "mask of pregnancy" because it typically occurs in pregnant women. It is also commonin middle-aged women of darker skin types. This is known to be genetically acquired and the most resistant to pigmentation removal treatments.

2. Freckles

These are tiny brown spots common to younger people and keepon multiplying until adulthood. Freckles are mostly seen on the cheeks and nose like a speckle of pepper sprinkled in the skin. These can be genetically acquired or caused by too much exposure in the sun.

3. Solar Lentigo

This type of pigmentation is round in shape and uniform in color. It is commonly known as sunspot and can appear at any part of the body. Too much exposure to the sun is the main cause of Solar Lentigo and people who are aged between 30-50 are most prone to developing this skin pigmentation.

4. Hori’s Naevus

It is a cluster of dark bluish birthmark that can be seen mostly in the forehead, cheeks, and nose. It is common in middle-aged women and can be inherited from family members.

5. Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)

Discolored patches on the face with feathery-like pigmentations. It is caused by skin inflammation and infections, inappropriate use of cosmetics, or injury.

6. Seborrheic keratosis (age-spots)

Light brown elevated spots on the face and are always mistaken as a mole. It is mostly seen in elders.

Practical tips for pigmentation removal

A lot of our patients always ask about practical ways for pigmentation removal. Some of them mentioned using over-the-counter and home remedies such as:

Topical creams

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There are many over-the-counter creams for skin pigmentation that can be bought in the market. However, these creams cannot remove but can only prevent skin pigmentation.

  • Kojic Acid
  • Vitamin C
  • Corticosteroids
  • Retinoids
  • Azelaic acid

There are also medical-grade creams that are used for skin pigmentation removal but these types of cream require a doctor’s prescription.

Home Remedies

  • Apple Cider Vinegar can lighten pigmentation because of its acetic acid. You just have to combine two equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water. Apply to the dark spots for 2-3 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
  • Aloe Vera has aloin, a natural depigmenting compound that lightens skin. Apply Aloe Vera before bedtime on the dark spots and rinse it using warm water the next morning.
  • Green Tea Extract has a depigmenting effect when applied to the skin. You just have to steep a green tea bag in boiled water for 3-5 minutes. Remove the tea bag and let it cool. Rub the tea bag on your dark spots.
  • Milk has lactic acid which can effectively lighten skin discoloration. You just have to soak a cotton ball in the milk and apply it to the dark spots on your skin. Apply twice daily to see results.

Do note that these home remedies and topical creams are generally safe, but it is much better if you consult your doctor first to avoid irritations or complications.

In-clinic treatments for each type of skin pigmentation

1. Treatment for Melasma

The treatment for melasma depends on its severity. Medical-grade creams can treat less severe melasma and you can already see results after 5-7 days. For severe melasma, we mostly recommend lasers. With laser treatment, patients can expect the best results after 3-8 sessions. It does not have downtime and the cost depends on the number of sessions required. Chemical peels or oral tranexamic acid is also an option if you want a less-invasive approach.

2. Treatment for Freckles and Solar Lentigos

The recommended treatment for freckles and solar lentigo is Q-Switched laser technology, especially in cases with persistent pigmentation. But we can also treat them by topical medicated creams like hydroquinone.Q-switches lasers have a downtime of 5-7 days and require 2-3 sessions for over 2-3 months for the best results.

4. Treatment for Hori’s Naevus

For us, this is probably the most difficult skin pigmentation to treat. We often require laser treatmentsthat require 3-10 sessions to achieve the desired results. After each session, expect some redness and swelling that will last for a few days.

5. Treatment for Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

Usually, we offerthe same treatment with melasma (laser, chemical peels, and topical creams). The effectiveness of the treatment depends on the size and severity of the pigmentation.

6. Treatment for Seborrheic keratosis (age-spots)

The spots can be treated by the use of ablative laser surgery or electrocautery. Instants results can be seen but expect a slight downtime for 3-7 days. For this approach, we usually require 1-2 sessions.

Quick tips

  • Ask your doctor if a laser is really necessary. Other types of skin pigmentation can be treated by medical-graded creams.
  • You pay for the results. You will know if the money you spend on the treatment is worth it because of the good results. Though their technology is up to date the doctor does not have experience in using it, it is still useless. This is still connected to the second tip. A doctor's experience in treating skin pigmentation is vital.
  • Look for the right doctor. Remember, the success of your treatment lies in your doctor’s hands.If you are interested and need more insights or you have any questions about skin pigmentation removal in Singapore, visit us One Face Skin & Aesthetic Clinic today.

One Face Skin & Aesthetics Clinic
1 Tras Link, #02-01 Orchid Hotel,
Singapore 078867
+65 6222 2262

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