Hyperpigmentation Specialist

Maui Medi-Spa and Cosmetic Laser

Rose Guzman, MD

Aesthetic Specialist located in Kahului, HI & Pukalani, HI

Hyperpigmentation, or discolored skin patches, isn’t dangerous to your health, but you might feel more confident displaying even-toned skin. If you have dark spots, Rose Guzman, MD, and her team at Maui Medi-Spa and Cosmetic Laser in Kahului, Hawaii, can help you explore hyperpigmentation treatments and feel beautiful in your skin again. To find out what’s causing your hyperpigmentation and start on a treatment plan, call Maui Medi-Spa and Cosmetic Laser or book your appointment online today.

Hyperpigmentation Q & A

What is hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is a common skin condition characterized by dark, discolored blotches or patches. It generally doesn’t come with any other symptoms, although it often appears as a symptom itself in other disorders.

There are several types of hyperpigmentation. Common types are:


Melasma is a skin condition that often appears during pregnancy or other periods of major hormonal fluctuation. It appears as large dark patches on your face and stomach.

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation appears over the place of a former injury or skin condition flare-up. Most often, it appears on your face or neck.

Age spots

Age spots are a type of hyperpigmentation that naturally appears as you age on your face, hands, and other areas exposed to sunlight.

What causes hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation has many different underlying causes. Dr. Guzman evaluates your skin to help you determine the cause of the dark patches on your skin and create a treatment plan accordingly.

Common causes of hyperpigmentation are:

  • Sun damage
  • Inflammation or injury
  • Hormone fluctuations
  • Medication side effects
  • Addison’s disease
  • Hemochromatosis

Once Dr. Guzman pinpoints the cause of your hyperpigmentation, she creates an appropriate treatment plan for you. If your hyperpigmentation is a symptom of another condition, treating the condition may help reduce the dark spots.

What are my treatment options for hyperpigmentation?

Several cosmetic treatments are available to reduce or eliminate your hyperpigmentation entirely.

Even if you already receive treatment for an underlying condition or cease the medication that led to your skin discoloration, you can get cosmetic treatments to specifically target the patches.

These treatments can help to even out the tone of your skin:

  • Chemical peels
  • Topical creams (vitamin C, retinoids, and corticosteroids)
  • Laser therapy
  • Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy

Depending on the darkness and extent of your hyperpigmentation, Dr. Guzman may recommend multiple procedures for your treatment plan.

To reduce hyperpigmentation at home or maximize the results of your treatments, she recommends avoiding direct sunlight and not picking at any scabs.

Hyperpigmentation isn’t harmful to your health, but you might feel that it interferes with your appearance. To achieve an even skin tone with expert treatments, call Maui Medi-Spa and Cosmetic Laser or book your appointment online today.

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