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Pigmentation: Causes, Symptoms, & Treatment

Our skin contains a natural pigment called Melanin, which is responsible for the colour of our skin, hair, and eyes. Pigmentation issues can cause patchy, uneven-looking skin, but we are here to help.

What is Skin Pigmentation?


Pigmentation Causes & Risk Factors

Pigmentation Types & Symptoms

Symptoms of Pigmentation

A pigmentation disorder can present itself in different forms. The symptoms of skin pigmentation are directly associated with the cause of the pigmentation problem.


Patches appear in varying shades. Pigmentation may be lighter or darker than the natural skin tone.


Discolouration of the skin may be noticed in an area which has experienced trauma – inflammation or injury.

Sun Spots

Prolonged sun exposure can lead to darker patches on the skin. The promients of these areas is directly associated with sun exposure.

Raised Patches

Areas of dicolouration which are visibly raised above the surface of the skin. These can become larger over time.

Types of Pigmentation

There are several common types of skin pigmentation that can greatly vary in severity from just small discoloured areas to larger, more noticeable patches. Skin pigmentation disorders are commonly made worse by exposure to sunlight which can cause areas to become darker or more noticeable. During your free consultation, our practitioners will be able to diagnose your pigmentation and advise the best treatment options for you.

Solar Lentigines (Sun Exposure)
Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

Pigmentation Treatment At Élan


Treatment Options

We offer a range of unique treatments to help improve the appearance of pigmentation and leave your skin feeling, invigorated, healthier, and clearer. During your free consultation, one of our skincare experts will advise you on the best treatment for your pigmentation.

Élan Power 5 Facial

Discover the Power 5 Facial only at Élan clinics. Dedicated to total skin rejuvenation, using bespoke techniques with the powerful Helios III to help you achieve a smooth, even skin tone. Turn back the clock by fighting the signs of ageing and skin damage.

The non-invasive Élan Power 5 treatment effectively targets skin concerns and imperfections, to leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated ready to face the world head-on. Our Power Five treatment is an all-inclusive skincare package that employs a multi-level approach to ensure you experience a deep and thorough treatment targetting a number of skin concerns including pigmentation.

RF Micro-Needling

RF Microneedling is one of the fastest growing treatments in the UK and at Élan Laser Clinics we wanted to choose the best device for our clients.

Sylfirm X represents the latest technology in RF Microneedling and is the only FDA approved RF Microneedling device with dual wave technology which means it has multiple skin enhancing benefits which go way beyond the capabilities of other RF Microneedling treatments.

Sylfirm X reacts to ONLY abnormal blood vessels and tissue to selectively treat increased pigmentation and vascular lesions.

Skin Peels

Revitalise your skin by harnessing the power of natural and active ingredients within our cosmetic-grade skin peel treatments. These peels deeply exfoliate and stimulate new cell growth and collagen creation to reveal a fresher, clearer, and younger-looking you.

At Élan, we have chosen DermaQuest as our preferred clinical skincare provider. Their products are renowned around the world for delivering guaranteed results, and improving skin health, tone and texture.
To best treat pigmentation we use the Élan Brighter Day Peel (skinbright).


Discover the miracle of HydraFacial skin treatment at Élan. This revolutionary, non-invasive treatment will help to cleanse and exfoliate your skin to leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

HydraFacial technology delivers results far exceeding those of traditional exfoliation techniques and treatments in under 30 minutes. Fading fine lines and wrinkles, improving the firmness and texture of the skin, reducing the appearance of enlarged pores, and producing a more even skin tone, experience the HydraFacial revolution with Élan.
To best treat pigmentation we use the Platinum HydraFacial with Britenol.