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Skin pigmentation disorders: aetiology, assessment and aesthetic treatment options

Skin pigmentation disorders: aetiology, assessment and aesthetic treatment options There are various types of skin pigmentation disorders, from less severe forms such as freckles, solar lentigines and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, to more severe conditions such as melasma and chloasma. Skin pigmentation disorders are more commonly seen in women due to hormonal factors, and those with darker skin types. Hyperpigmentation is a chronic disorder that can be frustrating for patients and health professionals alike because it is very difficult to treat. Like acne vulgaris, pigmentation disorders can cause significant stress and embarrassment for patients, so understanding the different types of hyperpigmentation and identifying appropriate treatments is vital for aesthetic practitioners. Integrating new treatments, products and protocols will benefit patients as well as aesthetic practices when effective results are achieved. This article will discuss the mechanisms known to be involved in pigment formation, explore various treatment modalities currently available to treat skin pigmentation disorders, and recommend ways to manage patient expectations during the initial consultation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Aesthetic Nursing Mark Allen Group

Skin pigmentation disorders: aetiology, assessment and aesthetic treatment options

Journal of Aesthetic Nursing , Volume 3 (5): 6 – Jun 2, 2014

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Mark Allen Group
Copyright
Copyright © 2014 MA Healthcare Limited
ISSN
2050-3717
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2052-2878
DOI
10.12968/joan.2014.3.5.224
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Abstract

There are various types of skin pigmentation disorders, from less severe forms such as freckles, solar lentigines and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, to more severe conditions such as melasma and chloasma. Skin pigmentation disorders are more commonly seen in women due to hormonal factors, and those with darker skin types. Hyperpigmentation is a chronic disorder that can be frustrating for patients and health professionals alike because it is very difficult to treat. Like acne vulgaris, pigmentation disorders can cause significant stress and embarrassment for patients, so understanding the different types of hyperpigmentation and identifying appropriate treatments is vital for aesthetic practitioners. Integrating new treatments, products and protocols will benefit patients as well as aesthetic practices when effective results are achieved. This article will discuss the mechanisms known to be involved in pigment formation, explore various treatment modalities currently available to treat skin pigmentation disorders, and recommend ways to manage patient expectations during the initial consultation.

Journal

Journal of Aesthetic NursingMark Allen Group

Published: Jun 2, 2014

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