Treatment for melasma, PIH and sun damage...

...lighten skin tone and even out complexion.

Free consultations to assess your skin and discuss an individual treatment plan for you

A course of 1-3  treatments is usually required with one month intervals for best results

We track the progress of the treatment for you using photo documentation for accurate skin and blemish mapping


Remove Pigmentation and Provide an Even Skin Complexion


Hyper-pigmentation (too much pigmentation) is an extremely common skin issue that we encounter daily in South Africa, in all ages and ethnicities!

Have you ever wondered why this happens to certain people more than others? Or what kind of solutions there are available and if they actually work?

I would like to firstly explain what pigmentation is and how it works and why your skin might be prone to over production of the brown pigment called Melanin.

Pigment factories called Melanocytes are responsible for producing Melanin, the natural pigment which produces each individuals specific, genetically determined skin tone.

Melanin also has several essential protective functions. It helps the skin defend against the harmful effects of UV light (like your body’s own built-in sunscreen) and combats free radicals, helping to prevent against photo-ageing and cancer formation.

What is Hyper-pigmentation and what triggers it?

When our skin has stress factors applied to it, it becomes inflamed.

Hyper-Pigmentation is a side effect of this inflammation.

Inflammation can be caused by:

•Sun exposure – UV light as well as visible light like electronic screens and indoor lighting and infrared.

•Hormones – including pregnancy, menopause and oral contraceptive pills/injections etc.

•Stress – emotional and physical

•Medications – certain antibiotics, anti malaria, anti psychotic

•Heat – hot days, saunas and steam rooms

•Inflammation – acne or other physical trauma

In treatment if we can determine the activator or catalyst accurately we are able to inhibit the hyper pigmentation process much more effectively!

Types of Hyper – Pigmentation

There are 3 main types of hyper-pigmentation.

1 – Hyper-Pigmentation caused by excessive sun exposure

2 – Melasma-This chronic skin condition is caused mainly by hormonal influence or change e.g. pregnancy, menopause, birth control etc. 

It appears as patches of dark discolouration often with a symmetrical pattern, typically found on your cheeks, forehead or upper lip. It is more common in women with olive or darker skin tones and tends to be more stubborn and difficult to treat.

3 – Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)

This type of hyperpigmenation occurs after a trauma has taken place on the skin.

The darker skin tones including what we refer to as Mediterranean or olive skin tones, asian skin tones and the darker ethnic skin tones are more susceptible to hyper pigmentation.

2 types of melanin are created either brown black or reddish yellow melanin. This is determined by our genetic disposition.

Steps to Successful Pigmentation Correction

Below I will list the top ingredients and treatments methods for the management and inhibition of melanogenisis:

Step 1:

Consult with a skin therapist to determine which type of pigmentation you have. Determine which catalysts are present. If currently pregnant, lactating or on any medication it may be wise to wait until starting treatment.

If on chronic medication it is important to understand that the treatment or management of the hyper-pigmentation may be ongoing as the catalyst will not be eliminated.

Together you will also be able to identify which type of hyper-pigmentation you have. This is very important in choosing the correct treatment plan going forward.

Your aesthetician should be able to advise you accurately and manage your expectation of the results you should realistically be able to achieve along with treatment protocols and options and home care management.

Step 2:

Identify possible detrimental habits and home care no no’s you may be unintentionally doing, that are compromising your epidermis or making the hyper-pigmentation worse. Adopt a daily routine of using high protection Sun Screen.

Step 3: 

The next step is starting to introduce the correct home care.

Before even considering any kind of treatment it is very important to start a heat routine at home using product recommended by a professional for your skin.

There are a number of highly effective skin care ingredients available today.

Addressing the down regulation of the tyrosinase is the prominent approach in inhibiting melanogenisis.

Ingredients such as Retinol, Arbutin, MSH inhibiting Peptides and certain aides are able to penetrate deep into the dermis and start taking action on the melanin production.

Other ingredients such as: Anti Oxidants, Vitamin c’s, etc which are water soluble do not penetrate as deeply but have a surface brightening effect on the skin.

Adopting the correct skin care and taking care of your protective barrier which is your epidermis will result in a more long term and healthy elimination of the pigmentation.

Treatment with IPL is highly effective when treating skin types I-III on the fitzpatck scale. For Fitzpatrick IV – VI we use Dermaclinical in clinic and at home protocols. Results are monitored with pics for results driven outcomes!


AreaPrice per TreatmentNo. of Treatments Required
Face and Combos
Face, Neck & DecolleteR 2100.001-4
Face & NeckR 1600.001-4
FaceR 1400.001-4
NeckR 800.001-4
DecolleteR 1400.001-4
Shoulders, Decollete & NeckR 1500.001-4
Larger Areas
Full BackR 3500.001-4
1/2 BackR 1900.001-4
Full LegsR 4100.001-4
Upper LegR 2500.001-4
1/2 Leg incl KneesR 2200.001-4
Medium Areas
Full ArmsR 2100.001-4
Full Arms & HandsR 2500.001-4
1/2 ArmsR 1600.001-4
1/2 Arms & HandsR 1800.001-4
Hands incl. FingersR 800.001-4
Hands 1/2R 600.001-4