Dealing With Dark Spots, Hyperpigmentation and Melasma

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Whether hyperpigmentation from sun exposure or melasma from a hormonal cause, skin discolouration is distressing and notoriously difficult to treat. Sufferers may resort to laser therapy, chemical peels or over-the-counter lightening creams, but success is seldom achieved and self confidence suffers.

Hyperpigmentation is a broad term that refers to any condition where patches of the skin appear darkened or discoloured. Hyperpigmentation can be brought on by many different factors, including acne scarring, sun damage, inflammation, ageing or hormonal effects.

Hyperpigmentation occurs when pigment cells in the skin, known as melanocytes, are stimulated and produce a surplus of pigment. Sun exposure is known to stimulate melanocytes, causing tanning, but so are other factors, such as hormonal changes. The process of pigmentation does not always progress smoothly, leaving pigment spots, blotches or patches on the skin.

One particularly troublesome form of hyperpigmentation is melasma. Melasma is a condition where darkness or discolouration of the skin is more widespread, having a blotchy appearance. It is usually worse on sun exposed areas, often affecting the face. As opposed to other forms of hyperpigmentation, melasma is usually symmetrical and appears most frequently over the cheeks, bridge of the nose, forehead, chin and upper lip.


Obagi Medical has been under the spotlight since Drew Barrymore posted a snap of her Obagi Nu-Derm stock on Instagram, and as the trend shows, it’s not just Drew Barrymore who has made Obagi Nu-Derm a staple in her beauty cabinet. The product is making waves as a sustainable and effective way to treat troublesome dark spots, blotches and patches, including melasma.




Nu-Derm is a prescription system specially formulated to help correct hyperpigmentation, dark spots and melasma as well as transform the appearance of ageing skin. It is particularly useful for people who, like Drew Barrymore, spent a little too much time in the sun in their younger years.


The Nu-Derm System contains tretinoin, an ingredient clinically proven to both address the signs of ageing, such as dark spots and sun exposure damage, as well as reduce acne. Tretinoin is a retinoid and clinically related to Vitamin A, but it is not the only active ingredient in Obagi Nu-Derm. Each component in the Nu-Derm skin program works synergistically with the others.

If Obagi Nu-Derm has been prescribed for you, you can expect to be committed to your daily facial routines, but you can also expect great results. Clinical trials demonstrating reduced hyperpigmentation, more even skin tone and texture, and a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles have been borne out in the market with real-life success stories hitting celeb headlines.

It’s not only celebrities finding their youthful, even-toned appearance returning with the Obagi range. It’s proving to be an affordable option for women and men across the UK with rave reviews on its effectiveness coming in on an ongoing basis. It’s no wonder. Compared to laser treatment, it is a more sustainable, cost effective and empowering treatment that is allowing thousands of users to regain their confidence and youthful vigour with a boost to their self-image.

Dark spots, hyperpigmentation and melasma are not untreatable or incurable. They may prove stubborn at times and require commitment to a prescription skin routine and dedicated use of suncreen, but here at SkinStation, we believe we’ve hit on a range that effectively reduces their appearance, while refreshing the skin to reveal a youthful, revived complexion.

Obagi Nu-Derm has prescription and non-prescription components. If you feel that you may benefit from a course of Obagi Nu-Derm, please visit us online and one of our specialist advisors can assist in finding the product line that will best meet your skin care needs.

Latest update: 05/11/2019
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