Melasma & Hyperpigmentation

We are located at our new home in Mission’s Holy Cross Centre. 2204 2nd Street SW – Suite 120m Calgary AB

Exfoliation Trio.jpgThere are multiple studies that show professionally applied treatments such as 1.) Microneedling, 2.) Medical peels, and 3.) Microdermabrasion coupled with the use of 4.) Product regime are the best way to treat hyperpigmentation due to scarring and melasma.

MICRONEEDLING: aka Dermal needling and Collagen Induction Therapy, (same as Vampire facial without the blood) involves the use of tiny needles which penetrate the skin to try & lift the pigment with the bodies own healing response.  The Microneedling pen or roller makes tiny open channels in the skin & then a serum is applied to help fade the pigment.  Treatment should involve daily sun protection & fading products at home.



MEDICAL PEELS: safely exfoliate the top layer of dead skin, allowing new, more youthful, healthy skin to show through. While the skin typically sheds old, dull dead skin cells every 28 days, this process slows down with prolonged sun exposure & aging. Medical peels cause this natural cell turnover process to speed up, helping to stimulate the growth of new collagen.

The breakthrough is that now we have non-invasive gentle medical peels that result in little to no downtime, but still give patients extraordinary results. These low-downtime peels work best in a series of three, scheduled over a few weeks. While chemical peels are most commonly used on the face, they can also be done on the neck, backs of hands, décolletage, and the body.

 *Use of sunscreen and avoid sun exposure is advised after any  peel.

CHEMICAL PEEL   45min 125.00


DERMABRASION: Renew skin’s radiance with a Diamond Dermabrasion also known as Microdermabrasion. It improves & reduces fine lines, & brown spots. It works on all skin colours & types, treating oily skin & enlarged pores, blackheads, & acne scarring. Go one step above just dermabrasion with oxygen steam & extractions for the Diamond Dermabrasion Acne Treatment.



Further Knowledge on Hyperpigmentation, Sun spots and Melasma

The use of antioxidants, and calming and soothing agents, such as epigallocatechin gallate and resveratrol, can help in the treatment of melasma as they prevent inflammation in the skin and therefore reduce the incidence of excess melanin formation.

A broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 is needed for those experiencing melasma. Because the reactivity of skin prone to hyperpigmentation and melasma is exacerbated by UV-induced inflammation. All sunscreens must be applied 30 minutes before sun exposure and reapplied every 2 hours, or after swimming or perspiring, for maximum protection.

Along with a gentle daily care regimen, adding professional treatments can provide a more beneficial outcome. A series of medical peels containing a lower percentage acid  is an excellent way to accelerate the treatment of melasma. Low percentage medical peels help to remove dead surface cells without causing inflammation. This creates the perfect canvas for corrective products to penetrate deeper in the skin to treat the unwanted pigmentation. Cream-based retinoid treatments are effective when addressing melasma as well, since the inflammatory risk is so low.

melasma.pngAnother treatment that has shown added benefits in the treatment of melasma is microneedling, which has grown exponentially in recent years. Microneedling is performed with a roller or pen covered with tiny needles.  Stimulating collagen production creating minor trauma to the skin, with less risk of complications, and is generally more cost-effective than comparable laser therapy treatments. However, this treatment method can still trigger an inflammatory response, leading to a worsening of the pigmentation if too much trauma is induced. Always seek out a professional for treatments and advice on hyperpigmentation and melasma.

As frustrating as having a pigmented spots on the face can be, rest assured, it can be successfully treated. It is important to note that if you are prone to hyperpigmentation and melasma, you will always be susceptible to recurrence. As long as you stay on a continuous regime in consisting of year-round daily care with several pigment-inhibiting ingredients, consistent broad-spectrum sun protection and regular, professionally applied applications, such as microneedling, medical peels, and dermabrasion you will see immense improvement of this stubborn condition.

Healthflow Naturopathic Clinic. (At the Holy Cross Centre, Henry Huang Building)
2204 2nd Street SW – Suite 120M Calgary AB


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