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Treating Pigmentation In Darker Skin Tones

We all want to have naturally beautiful skin, no matter our age, gender or ethnicity. Feeling confident and in control of our skin can be a huge boost in our lifestyle and the way we view ourselves. So, when our skin is playing up or looking different than how we would like it to, it can be incredibly frustrating.

Whilst there are fantastic makeup options on the market to create a flawless look, there is no substitute for the confidence that comes with naturally healthy, glowing skin. Facial skin problems range so vastly from person to person and the condition that causes one person frustrations may be totally different to someone else’s. For many women with an ethnic or darker skin tone, pigmentation in the skin can often be their biggest battle when it comes to achieving a flawless look.

Pigmentation in ethnic skin – What is it?

Pigmentation in darker, ethnic skin tones is essentially the result of the over production of melanin pigment. Women and men of colour have more melanin present in their skin, which can manifest into darker patches and create an uneven tone.

More women than men with ethnic skin may suffer with pigmentation, and this is due to the fact that the female hormones of oestrogen and progesterone can also overstimulate melanin production in the skin. This can actually get worse during pregnancy when more of these hormones are produced, or when exposed to sunlight and UV rays – this can lead to conditions known as melasma or chloasma – different types of conditions that also result in darker patches on the skin. If you are a woman with dark skin, you may find that, unlike women with caucasian skin, wrinkles and ageing aren’t such a problem for you, however, the darker, uneven patches caused by hyperpigmentation are.

Where should I go to treat this skin complaint?

Pigmentation can be a tricky condition to know how to treat effectively, and because of this it is really important that if you are looking to correct this condition you find a clinic who knows how to treat it confidently. In fact, many clinics become nervous treating skin that is above level 4 on the Fitzpatrick scale.

The Fitzpatrick skin type system has been around since 1975 and works on a 1-6 scale. It ranges from the ‘lowest’ skin type 1 which is classified as ‘ivory skin’ that is likely to burn easily and freckle in the sun and goes right up to the ‘highest’ skin type 6. Fitzpatrick skin type 6 is ‘dark brown to black skin’ which never freckles and will always develop a dark tan in the sun. Skin type 4 is olive and light brown skin that often tans. Here at Aesthetics of Liverpool we are adept at working with all skin types and are very confident when working with skin types 4-6 on the scale to give all our clients the best skin they can possibly have.

Professional skin care treatments can make the world of difference when it comes to hyperpigmentation in ethnic skin. Our range of peels can lift dead skin cells, refine skin texture and also work to balance and brighten any dull skin. Skin which is clogged, congested or dull can actually make pigmentation in dark skin look even worse, but with the right professional skin care treatments you can make a world of difference. Fumni Fetto in her article for Vogue recommends getting professional treatments every 6-8 weeks to treat pigmentation.

What treatments can I have in Liverpool to treat hyperpigmentation?

So, what do we offer here at our Liverpool clinic? We have a range of tried and tested treatments here in our clinic. All of these treatments can be used a stand-alone treatments, or as part of a package for your skin care needs. Our welcoming, professional practitioners will be able to guide you in more detail about each treatment option and which will work best for your personal skin complaint. Below is a brief run down of the treatments we offer and the benefits they can have in the treatment of pigmentation in ethnic skin.

Glutathione IV

Here at Aesthetics of Liverpool, our team are highly trained to safely administer unique IV Vitamin Drips. Our IV Vitamin Drip Treatments have been developed by experienced doctors, nutritionists, dieticians and naturopaths, allowing for the safe administration of high dose concentrations of essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

Our Glutathione IV, Pure beauty drip has been specially formulated and combines glutathione with vitamins & minerals to restore collagen, stimulate elastin production and brighten skin. This is what makes this IV drip so effective in working to improve and brighten discolouration caused by hyperpigmentation.

Cosmelan skin peel

For the treatment of discoloration and pigmentation in the skin, look no further than the Cosmelan Depigmentation Peel. This unique, multi-ingredient chemical treatment can reduce the unwanted appearance of blemishes and dark spots. Within a week after your peel, you will notice a brighter, smoother complexion of your skin. After a few weeks your skin will have a much healthier glow and this will continue to improve for up to 6 weeks. For best results, you should have a peel every 6 weeks to keep skin looking smooth and bright.

Benefits of the cosmelan skin peel?

  • Reduces the appearance of dark spots caused by pigmentation
  • Works to treat both Melasma and Chloasma
  • Minimal discomfort and gentle enough to suit all skin types
  • Very quick results

Perfect Derma Peel

The Perfect Derma™ Peel blends glutathione, kojic acid, TCA, retinoic acid, salicylic acid, phenol, and a blend of minerals and vitamins, including vitamin C. Kojic acid is a powerful lightening agent and proven to increase collagen and elastin production, resulting in skin that is brighter and tighter.


TCA, phenol and retinoic acid reduce wrinkles and correct pigment problems, while salicylic acid exfoliates the skin and reduces inflammation. Alone the ingredients are powerful, but in combination they produce results that are astonishing. The whole process takes less than 15 minutes and is virtually pain free and can be a fantastic treatment used every 6 weeks to really make a difference in hyper-pigmentation in your skin.


We are incredibly excited to offer The PRXT 33 at our Liverpool clinic. This is a remarkable peel that comes without any downtime whatsoever. PRX-T33 is a facial peeling procedure based on the well-known trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peel.TCA is one of the most popular peeling treatments, as it is a non-toxic chemical which causes the top layer of cells to dry up and peel off the skin. This can help to de clog and brighten skin and improve the appearance of pigmentation in dark skin.

With PRX-T33, a combination of TCA and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) quickly penetrates the dermis (one of the skin’s layers), activating a process of regeneration without attacking the epidermis (the outer layer of skin). The PRX-T33 solution contains 33% TCA and 67% hydrogen peroxide.The combination of TCA and hydrogen peroxide stimulates the dermis non-invasive, while minimising the aggressive exfoliation of the dermis.

LED Light therapy

LED light Therapy is a revolutionary new technology. At Aesthetics of Liverpool we offer four different colours of LED Therapy, Blue, Green, Yellow, and Red. The specific colour wavelengths are able to penetrate the skin to treat a wide number of conditions such as Acne, Pigmentation, Seasonal Depression, Eczema and Psoriasis. For pigmentation issues, the treatment works by utilising wavelengths of light energy, this energy works to penetrate the skins underlying tissue to trigger collagen production and other biochemical mechanisms leaving skin brighter and more rejuvenated.

How can I book my consultation?

Get in touch today for professional, friendly advice. We will work closely with you to carefully select the best treatment choice to help you get started on your journey to feeling like the best version of you. To book your consultation with us, please call Aesthetics of Liverpool on 0151 203 1393

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