As much as the Snapchat filter makes you look mega cute with freckles, the reality is, not all spots are adorable. Hyperpigmentation, melasma, and sun spots are warning flags created by your body to let you know that it is injured or under attack.

You already know how hard it is to navigating your quest for clear, even skin. Every little thing gets in your way: pollution, the sun, even products that your skin is not so fond of can trigger hyperpigmentation. If you’ve hauled all the products off the counters at Sephora and still don’t see a difference, it’s time you consult a dermatologist to do a stronger job so the spots don’t return. Here are the treatments to choose from.

Microdermabrasion for minimal dark spots

Microdermabration gently removes the topmost layer of your skin, together with sunspots, and all superficial and minor discolouration on your face.

Chemical peels for more stubborn spots

Salicylic acid, glycolic acid and TCA chemical peels are three of the most recommended ones to help banish your discolourion. Your skin will be assessed by your dermatologist to determine the potency you need, depending on the type and depth of pigment. Obagi and PCA are some of the brand-name peels commonly used in the offices in Singapore today.

IPL for discolouration from the sun

“IPL is a jack of all trades,” says Chris Soh, the owner of Supersmooth, a hair removal beauty spa, and who has been in the beauty industry for over a decade. While laser is fantastic for hair removal, IPL is a popular choice for targeting sun-induced discolouration. IPL pulses light-based energy into the skin, whilst targeting blood vessels. However, not all skin tones can adhere to IPL treatments,
whether it’s to get rid of spots, or hair.

Fractional Laser Resurfacing for Serious Hyperpigmentation

Turn to lasers like Fraxel, Halo and Clear + Brilliant, amongst others, create controlled and safe micro injuries in your skin to stimulate your skin’s natural healing process. This results in diminished discolouration when fresh skin emerges to the surface.