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Pigment: What is it + How to Fix it

Too much time out in the sun? Brown little dots on your skin bothering you? Pigmentation issues are a common concern for many individuals, impacting skin tone and overall complexion. Let’s do a deep dive into the causes of pigmentation, types of hyperpigmentation, and effective skincare regimens and treatments at SkinCoLAB to tackle your pigmentation.  

What is Skin Pigmentation? 

Skin pigmentation refers to the coloring of the skin, which is determined by the amount of melanin produced by melanocytes. Melanin is a natural pigment that gives skin, hair, and eyes their color. Various factors can affect melanin production, leading to pigmentation issues. 

What are the different types of Hyper (aka TOO MUCH) Pigmentation? 

When certain areas of the skin produce more melanin, this results in dark spots or patches we see on our skin. Let’s learn about a few different types of Hyperpigmentation.


  • Melasma: Often triggered by hormonal changes, such as pregnancy. It appears as brown or gray-brown patches on the face. This commonly looks marbled and often impacts the upper lip and forehead.

  • Post-inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH): Usually occurs after an injury or inflammation of the skin, such as acne. Dark spots remain after the acne heals, similar to a dark scar. 

  • Sunspots: Also known as solar lentigines or age spots, these are caused by prolonged sun exposure. 

What do I do to heal my Hyperpigmentation?  

Good news! We have clinically tested, science and results driven skincare options at SCL to put hyperpigmentation at bay...

Sun Protection is Essential!
  • Sunscreen: Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day. Yes, even on cloudy days and in the winter!  Remember to reapply. SBS compact SPF’s make this easy!  Check out SCL favorites here.

  • Protective clothing: Sun hats and sunglasses are always a plus in the summer to protect your skin. Check out the SCL hats and sunglasses at SCL...darling styles + sun safe!

SkinCoLAB Skin Treatments
  • VI Chemical Peels: VI Peels help to exfoliate the skin and reduce pigmentation. Enjoy all of SCL's painless, medium-depth VI Peels. They are safe for all skin types and tones with results in as little as 7 days! 

  • BBL Laser Treatment: Our best-in-class Sciton Laser targets pigmentation for glowing even skin tone!  Clients enjoy treatment to the face + body! PRO TIP: SCL is running multiple BBL Laser Bundles for optimal results. Find the right one for you today! 

  • Microneedling: Medical grade microneedling with SkinPen promotes collagen production + improves skin texture + tone. Bonus, this treatment can be done any time of the year! Check out the SCL Microneedling Bundle here!  

Home Exfoliation Treatments
  • Chemical Exfoliants: Products containing Glycolic Acid like SCL No Filter Control Pads or Salicylic Acid like ZO’s Complexion Renewal Pads can help to remove dead skin cells and promote cell turnover, reducing the appearance of dark spots. 

  • Physical Exfoliants: Alastin’s ReSurface Skin Polish is a game changer! Gently exfoliates skin without irritation. Learn more here!  

Home Chemical Treatments:

We understand that dealing with pigmentation can be challenging, but with the right skincare routine and professional guidance from your trusted providers at SkinCoLAB, it's possible to achieve a more even and radiant complexion.

Book your appointment today by calling 616.450.1562 or schedule online! We excited to join you on your aesthetic and skincare journey!  In the area? Let's chat in person! Pop in at our DOWNTOWN ADA location M-F 9-5 or Saturday 9-Noon.


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