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Pigmentation: What It Is & Why It Occurs.

Pigmentation Brisbane Clinic

We all strive for clear, even skin that looks so lovely it does not need to be covered with foundation.

Sometimes life has other plans.

Pigmentation (urgh) can appear in many forms and be caused by many contributing factors. Prolonged sun exposure is currently the leading cause of pigmentation and when you bask in the Australian sun – it is fast becoming one of the biggest skin ailments we come across.

Skin hyperpigmentation is a growing global issue that is currently affecting millions of individuals. Pigmentation is a skin concern that although is typically non-threatening, can cause major negative psychological and emotional impacts on those which it affects. Hyperpigmentation is a condition cause by an overproduction of melanin, which is the pigment that gives us our skin colour.


Melasma is a form of pigmentation also known as Chloasma that appears deep in the dermis. The tan or brown patches of skin can form on the forehead, nose, cheeks, upper lip, or chin with a non-distinct outline. Both men and women can develop this condition, although it is particularly common amongst pregnant women. Women may also find that they develop melasma when taking postmenopausal estrogen or birth control medication.

Melasma is something that may sometimes go away on its own, although in many it requires professional attention. Factors which can affect melasma include hormonal changes, some medications, stress, pregnancy, and prolonged sun exposure. If you have melasma, it is important to always be wearing sunscreen to prevent the condition from worsening.

Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation occurs in the result of an injury on the skin. Such injuries can include burns, friction, acne, harsh clinical treatments, blisters, or some form of trauma to the skin. Again, this form of pigmentation may resolve itself and disappear on its own, although many individuals seek medical assistance to lighten the pigmentation. Similarly, to those with melasma, individuals with hyperpigmentation should always wear SPF to avoid the skin from darkening and prolonging the existence of pigmentation.


Freckles are the most common form of pigmentation. Freckles appear on the skin after prolonged sun exposure and are more common to appear amongst individuals with a lighter complexion. It is quite common for freckles to change colour, appearing darker during warmer months and lighter in the cooler months. Genetics are another factor which have a big influence on an individual’s susceptibility to develop freckles.

Age Spots

Age spots occur due to overactive pigment cells. UV rays have the power to speed up the production of melanin, which is a natural pigment that gives your skin its beautiful colour. Skin that has been overexposed to the sun will most likely have age spots due to melanin becoming clumped and produced in high concentrations.

How to Lighten Pigmentation at Home

Wearing sunscreen every day is the key to a youthful complexion, and even more important for those who suffer from pigmentation. At Beauty on Latrobe, we recommend the Ultraceuticals SunActive SPF 50+ Face Cream. This sunscreen has been designed for an active outdoor lifestyle, containing complete UVA/UVB spectrum sunscreens. This product is water resistant up to 4 hours and provides broad spectrum sun protection.

Another great skincare product that will help lift your pigmentation is the Ultraceuticals Ultra Brightening Serum. This serum contains a remarkable formula that has been designed to visibly improve the appearance of mild-excess pigmentation and enhance the skin’s clarity and radiance.

An incredibly special recommendation for hyperpigmentation by Beauty on Latrobe is the Mesoestetic Cosmelan 2 Anti-Spot Face Cream. This depigmenting solution is the at home remix for the world renowned Cosmelan facial. This product assists in maintaining the results obtained from professional treatments as well as working to prevent the appearance of future pigmentation. You must first take part in the salon stage of the Cosmelan before you can begin using the at-home Cosmelan 2 face cream.

Beauty on Latrobe Pigmentation Solutions

Thankfully, your gals at Beauty On Latrobe are highly experienced and oh so clever when it comes to all things skin and minimising the appearance of dis-colouration and pigmentation. From at-home solutions, management treatments and the MAC DADDY of de-pigmentation, we have something for everyone that will target even the most stubborn pigmentation.

The Skin Rejuvenation treatment delivers intense light pulses through IPL treatment. This anti-ageing treatment was designed to stimulate new collagen production, visibly reducing skin imperfections, resulting in firmer skin, minimised pores, and lightened pigmentation. IPL is great for treat broken capillaries, sun damage, acne, and inflammation. This treatment is perfect for targeting surface pigmentation on the face and body.

Everyone loves a combo and our Skin Needing treatment pairs perfectly with our Azyme + Bam treatment. This divine Advanced Skin duo works to stimulate collagen while brightening your skin for the perfect glow. Skin Needling creates thousands of micro injuries triggering a healing effect that helps to renew the skins surface while simultaneously stimulating collagen and elastin to plump and perfect your skin. The Azyme + Bam treatment combines two of our most powerful peels in one treatment to suppress unwanted pigments and revel flawless skin. This treatment is amazing for those who suffer from pigmentation, premature ageing, sun damage, textured, and dull skin. When these treatments are performed within a 6-month period, they deliver jaw dropping results to lighten skin pigmentation and deliver a healthy youthful glow.

Now, for the holy grail of de-pigmentation treatments. The be all and end all of peels. The most effective treatment that banishes pigmentation FOR GOOD.

(Drumroll, please!)

Say hello to the Cosmelan Peel.

The Cosmelan Peel (AKA, heaven) can rid your skin of pigmentation in just ONE treatment (*Heavy Breathing*)! If you’re dreaming of clear, even, glowing skin, look no further – the Cosmelan Peel is changing the game one layer at a time and the best part? It actually works.

The Cosmelan Peel Package at Beauty On Latrobe includes the Cosmelan Treatment, your aftercare which is inclusive of a 6-piece skincare set, 4 relaxing LED Light Therapy Treatments to assist in your recovery and enhance your results and a Lymphatic Therapy Facial to kick start your skin. This package works to treat all forms of pigmentation whilst also preventing future pigmentation from reoccurring.

To learn more about the AH-MAZING Cosmelan Peel, click here.

Why Wait?!

Banish pigmentation for good and discover the clearest, smoothest and glowiest (yes, that is a word) skin you have ever known. There is much to be said for the confidence that comes with beautiful skin and the team at Beauty On Latrobe cannot wait to help you as you embark on your journey to stunning skin.

Contact Beauty on Latrobe today to book in your skin consultation and start your journey to beautifully bright and radiant skin!

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