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Can Pigmentation be Cured Permanently?

Pigmentation is the coloring of a person’s skin. The amount of pigment in your skin depends on your genes and exposure to the sun. When your skin is exposed to the sun, it produces more melanin, which is the pigment that gives your skin its color.

Pigmentation can also be caused by certain medications, injuries, and infections. Pigmentation disorders can cause your skin to be lighter or darker than usual. These disorders can also cause patches of light or dark skin. We discuss how to deal with these disorders on this page:

Some pigmentation disorders are temporary, while others are permanent. There are several treatments available for pigmentation disorders, including creams, lasers, and surgery.

How can Pigmentation be cured permanently?

Most people who are troubled with pigmentation do ask; how can I permanently cure hyperpigmentation?

Pigmentation can occur on any part of the body, but it is most common on the face, neck, and hands. There are two main types of pigmentation: melasma and vitiligo. Melasma is caused by an overproduction of melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color. Vitiligo is a condition in which the pigment-producing cells in the skin are destroyed.

While there are several treatments that can help reduce the appearance of pigmentation, there is no known permanent cure for pigmentation. While various treatments and procedures may help to improve the appearance of pigmentation, the condition will likely continue to recur over time.

It is also important to note that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating pigmentation, and what works for one person may not work for another. Therefore, it is important to consult with a doctor before undergoing any treatment regimen to determine which approach is best suited to your individual needs. Discussed below are some of the most popular options for pigmentation treatment that your plastic surgeon may recommend:

  • Hydroquinone if you’re Dealing with Stubborn Skin Discoloration

Hydroquinone is a skin lightener. It works by inhibiting the production of melanin, the pigment that gives color to your skin, hair, and eyes.

Hydroquinone is available in prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) products. Prescription hydroquinone is generally used to treat more severe forms of melasma and hyperpigmentation. OTC hydroquinone products have a lower concentration of the active ingredient and are not as strong as prescription formulas.

These products are often used to fade dark spots and blemishes, as well as to even out skin tone. Hydroquinone is considered the gold standard for treating hyperpigmentation and melasma.

However, it’s important to use hydroquinone as directed by your doctor or dermatologist to avoid potential side effects. Some common side effects associated with hydroquinone include irritation, redness, and dryness.

In rare cases, hydroquinone can cause an increase in sun sensitivity or ochronosis, a condition that causes blue-black discoloration of the skin. If you experience any adverse reaction after using hydroquinone, stop using the product immediately and consult your doctor or dermatologist.

  • Try a Chemical Peel to Improve the Appearance of Dark Spots

In a chemical peel treatment for pigmentation; your plastic surgeon will apply an acidic solution to your skin. This solution removes the top layer of skin, revealing the fresh, unblemished skin beneath.

Chemical peels are available in a variety of formulations, each designed to provide different results. Superficial chemical peels are often used to treat mild forms of hyperpigmentation.

These peels can be performed in a doctor’s office and do not require anesthesia. Medium and deep chemical peels are more aggressive treatments usually performed in a hospital or outpatient surgery center. These peels may require sedation or general anesthesia.

Chemical peels are often used to improve the appearance of acne scars, age spots, and melasma. After a chemical peel, the skin will be sensitive and may be susceptible to sunburn. Therefore, it is important to use sunscreen and avoid sun exposure while the skin heals.

  • Try Laser Treatment to Improve the Appearance of Pigmentation

Laser therapy is a popular treatment option for pigmentation because it can effectively destroy the cells that produce pigment in the skin. This helps to improve the overall appearance of pigmentation.

Laser therapy is usually performed in a doctor’s office or outpatient surgery center. It is generally well-tolerated, but there are some potential side effects that could occur, such as redness, swelling, and blistering. If you are considering laser therapy as a treatment option for your pigmentation, be sure to discuss all potential risks and side effects with your doctor beforehand.

  • Try Intense Pulsed Light Therapy to Improve the Appearance of Pigmentation

Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy is a type of laser therapy that uses broad-spectrum light to target and destroy pigment-producing cells in the skin. IPL therapy can be used to treat a variety of pigmentation issues, including age spots, sun damage, and melasma.

IPL therapy is also generally well tolerated by most people, but there are some potential side effects that could occur. These include redness, swelling, and blistering. Therefore, it is advisable that you discuss all potential risks and side effects with your doctor before consenting to this treatment.

  • Use Topical Retinoids to Improve the Appearance of Pigmentation

Retinoids are a class of compounds that are derived from vitamin A. They are available in both prescription and over-the-counter formulations. Retinoids work by increasing cell turnover in the skin, which helps to fade dark spots and blemishes.

Topical retinoids are a safe and effective way to improve the appearance of dark spots and other signs of pigmentation. They are also typically well-tolerated, but some people may experience dryness, redness, or peeling. Be sure to talk to your doctor or dermatologist about which retinoid is right for you.

Final Thoughts

Even though pigmentation may not be treated permanently, there are viable treatment options available that can help to significantly improve the appearance of pigmentation. If you are concerned about your pigmentation, be sure to consult with your doctor or dermatologist to discuss all available treatment options. 

Depending on the severity of your pigmentation and expectations, you may need to undergo multiple treatment sessions to see the desired results. However, with patience and perseverance, you can achieve the even, flawless skin you’ve been dreaming of.

At One Face Skin and Aesthetics Clinic, we offer a wide variety of pigmentation treatments that can help to improve the overall appearance of your skin. If you’re interested in learning more about our pigmentation treatments, please contact us today to schedule a consultation. Call: +65 6222 2262.


One Face Skin & Aesthetics Clinic

1 Tras Link, #02-01 Orchid Hotel, Singapore 078867 

+65 6222 2262