What is

Skin Pigmentation

Skin pigmentation refers to skin color or pigment. Sometimes people experience skin pigmentation disorders that cause darker patches of skin to develop on their face or body. Alternatively, they might experience facial redness, as is the case with rosacea.

These pigmentation disorders can be especially troubling for our patients. Fortunately, at Essential Aesthetics, we have several effective ways to treat rosacea and hyperpigmentation.

Keep reading to learn what causes skin pigmentation disorders, which pigmentation treatment options we offer, and how you can schedule a consultation at our office.

Causes of

Skin Pigmentation Disorders

Skin gets its color from the pigment, melanin. Pigmentation problems occur when melanin-producing cells don’t function correctly, producing too much melanin. This causes conditions like:


Hyperpigmentation is the medical term used to describe darker patches of skin.


People develop freckles when too much melanin is produced. This overproduction of melanin is triggered by sun exposure.


Melasma is a form of hyperpigmentation that’s also triggered by sun exposure, as well as hormonal changes.


Rosacea, on the other hand, isn’t related to melanin. Although doctors don’t understand what causes it, they believe the redness associated with rosacea is due to blood vessel abnormalities.

Skin Pigmentation

Treatment Options

At Essential Aesthetics, we can treat skin pigmentation disorders with IPL, microneedling, or chemical peels. All are highly effective treatments for improving the skin’s appearance.

Your Experience

with IPL

IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light, can be used to treat the redness of rosacea, as well as brown spots and freckles. During IPL treatment, many different wavelengths of light penetrate the skin at varying depths. These wavelengths break irregular pigment into very small particles, eliminating brown spots. They also reduce the appearance of visible capillaries, like those found with rosacea.

During your IPL appointment, Dr. Ellie Zarnegar begins by applying a special gel to the treatment area. This gel keeps your skin comfortable during treatment. Then, she uses an IPL handpiece to guide the light energy into the affected area. Although an IPL session isn’t painful, you might experience a mild pinching sensation. Typically, an IPL session lasts between 30-60 minutes. Afterward, you’ll experience no downtime and can resume normal activities immediately.

In the days following an IPL session, skin may look red or swollen. This is a normal part of the healing process. Within a few weeks, you’ll begin to see your desired results. Still, you may require multiple IPL sessions to achieve the look you want.

Your Experience with IPL

Your Experience

with Microneedling

Microneedling is a great way to treat skin pigmentation issues. During a microneedling session, Dr. Ellie uses Voluderm™, a microneedling device that contains tiny electrodes used to create controlled wounds. Unlike other microneedling devices, Voluderm™ doesn’t puncture skin. TriFractional™ energy is also applied to the treatment area. This energy heats the skin, causing blood to thicken. The thickened blood stimulates healing. Typically, a microneedling session takes about 30 minutes. Although you may experience itching or warmth during the procedure, these sensations only last for a short period of time.

After treatment, you’ll experience an immediate improvement in your skin’s appearance. Still, you may experience redness or swelling for a few hours or even a few days. This is normal, and nothing to worry about. As with IPL, you may need a series of microneedling treatments to obtain your desired result.

Your Experience

with Chemical Peels

At Essential Aesthetics, we offer a number of SkinMedica® peels that range in strength. All of these peels will improve your skin’s appearance to some extent. Still, for pigmentation issues, we often recommend a series of treatments with SkinMedica’s Vitalize Peel®. This peel’s appropriate for all skin types and works well on melasma. During your chemical peel, Dr. Ellie first prepares the peel before gently brushing it in layers over your skin. Once she’s finished, she’ll begin the process of removing the peel. For lighter peels, you’ll notice an improved appearance right away. With stronger peels, skin may slough off over the next few days before you achieve your desired results.

Your Experience with Chemical Peels

Good Candidates

for Skin Pigmentation Treatments

We regularly treat skin pigmentation issues in our office. Treatment is determined on a case-by-case basis. So, if you’re considering skin pigmentation treatment, we encourage you to schedule a consultation. During your appointment, we’ll evaluate your skin and review your medical history, so we can recommend the best treatment for you.

How Can I

Schedule a Skin Pigmentation Consultation at Essential Aesthetics?

If you’d like to be evaluated for skin pigmentation treatment, it’s easy to request a consultation with Essential Aesthetics. Simply call us at 925.855.1773 or submit your request online. We’re pleased to offer early evening appointments.

Our Danville medical spa is conveniently located just a few blocks from I-680 and offers ample free parking.