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How to treat Hyperpigmentation?

Melanin is the substance, or pigment, that gives skin its color. Dark-skinned people have more melanin in their skin, while light- or fair-skinned people have less melanin. Hyperpigmentation is caused by an overproduction of melanin and is characterized by the appearance of patches of skin that are darker than the normal surrounding skin.

Hyperpigmentation in light-skinned people is typically caused by sun damage from overexposure to the sun but hormones may also play an integral role. Hyperpigmentation in darker-skinned people is typically caused by melasma (a patchy brown discoloration of the skin that usually occurs during pregnancy) or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, or PIH (typically caused by injury or inflammation to the skin).

Consulting a skin care specialist for your Hyperpigmentation is crucial so that they can determine the underlying cause of the condition and the most effective course of treatment.

Hyperpigmentation treatment options for dark-skinned people


  • Topical retinoids to treat PIH
  • Topical Creams containing Niacinimide
  • Hydroquinolone therapy to treat Hyperpigmentation caused by Melasma
  • Chemical Peels
  • Cosmelan
  • Very few Laser Treatments

You should choose a skin care specialist with solid credentials, extensive training and a proven track record. P. Alexander Ataii, M.D. is a skin care specialist in the San Diego area who specializes in both cosmetic and diagnostic skin treatment procedures such as laser treatments, chemical peels and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy. P. Alexander Ataii M.D. is well known among his patients and colleagues alike for his warm, comforting demeanor and professional honesty. He has been featured in various magazines and has appeared on national television networks such as NBC and ABC for his contributions to the field of aesthetics.

P. Alexander Ataii is also affiliated with the American Academy of Anti-Aging, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and American Academy of Laser Medicine and Surgery.

Meet Dr. Ataii

Medical Director of Laser Cliniqúe

P. Alexander Ataii M.D. is the Medical Director and Founder of Laser Cliniqúe in San Diego. He is a skilled skin care specialist who focuses on all aspects of the skin both diagnostic and cosmetic.

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