Hyperpigmentation 101 – Your Treatment Options

Hyperpigmentation is one of the 5 most common skin concerns for women and men in the UK and affects over 30 million people worldwide. The condition is caused by an increase of melanin and characterised by dark patches, spots and uneven skin tone.

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What Causes Hyperpigmentation?

The worst culprit of pigmentation disorders is cumulative sun exposure. UV exposure triggers the production of melanin – the pigment responsible for protecting skin from injury. Melanin works hard to keep UV rays from deposing energy onto and into the skin. Repeated, unprotected exposure disrupts the production of melanin and leads to a build-up of darker cells in the exposed skin areas.

Hormonal changes during pregnancy often lead to melasma, which is another form of hyperpigmentation also known as the “the mask of pregnancy.” About 70% of pregnant women develop brown patches or spots on their face, upper lips, cheeks and forehead, as well as their bellies. In most cases, melasma clears up on its own after birth; however some patients, especially those with darker skin tones, may experience long-term discoloration.

Dark marks from acne can often develop in areas where blemishes have been. The same is true for insect stings, cuts, bruises, kitchen burns, and other skin traumas. These marks often take months to fade and some never fade much at all. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is also more common in darker skin types.

Containing Hyperpigmentation Through Treatment


ZO Skin Health 3-Step Peel™

Designed to address melasma, post-inflammatory pigmentation and sun-induced discoloration, this potent stimulating peel provides longer lasting benefits beyond the temporary superficial improvements seen with ordinary peels. Post-procedure peeling is mild, with minimal downtime.

ZO Skin Health Controlled Depth Peel™

Designed to target the most persistent forms of hyperpigmenattion, this peel offers controlled absorption and penetration of treatment and excellent anti-inflammatory properties. Peeling, irritation and darkening of pigmentation is expected for a few days after treatment.

Intense Pulsed Light

IPL therapy uses a beam of light to bring spots to the skin’s surface and gently sloughs them off. It’s a great option for persistent discoloration, however patients should be prepared to experience some redness, minor swelling and a darkening of the pigmentation a few days after the treatment.

Fractional Laser Treatment

This is the bridge between an ablative and non-ablative procedure in which a laser beam is used to minimize the appearance of pigmentation. Mild redness and swelling can be expected for a few days after treatment.


It’s a device with tiny needles that prick the skin to improve the appearance from acne scars and pigmentation. Most patients experience mild redness for up to 48 hours post-treatment.

Top 5 Tips To Avoid Chapped Lips

We’ve all suffered from dry, chapped lips at some point in our lives, and now that the cooler seasons are coming, it’s more important than ever to protect them.  The cold air and increase in central heating mean that the delicate skin on the lips is vulnerable to becoming dry and cracked much faster than usual, so why not try our useful tips below to keep them hydrated and soft.

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1- Avoid licking your lips


You may think you are moistening your lips by licking them, but in fact, you are removing the natural protective oils on them causing lips to become even more chapped and dry.

2- Exfoliate 

Gentle exfoliation can help get rid of dry, flaky skin on chapped lips and prevent them from cracking. Use a lip scrub, or perhaps even your toothbrush to gentle exfoliate away dry, dead skin cells. But make sure you are not exfoliating already cracked lips, as this can further irritate the skin and damage your lips.

3- ZO Medical Liprebuild Treatment

Liprebuild is an advanced lip therapy treatment for men and women which is bioengineered to reverse and restore dry, wrinkled and cracked lips.  It contains powerful plant stem cell antioxidants and Vitamins A and E to help defend lips from the elements.  Fantastic under lipstick as a lip conditioner, it’s great for ensuring your colour goes on smoothly without flaking.

4- Always wear an SPF

No matter what time of year, you should be protecting not just your skin but your lips too with an SPF that will help prevent sun damage and slow down the appearance of thin lips. It’s worth bearing in mind that some lipsticks and glosses contain SPF too.

 5- Drink more water

Drinking enough water (the equivalent of at least 8 glasses every day) will keep the body, skin and lips hydrated- take a bottle with you wherever you go.

Rebecca Newman’s ZO Skin Health Journey – Week 1

I’m in my early 30s, I’ve two small children and less sleep than ever. It shows.


Rather than go gently into the dark, wrinkled years, I went to facialist Kate Kerr to ask her advice: I’ve been a beauty journalist on and off for a decade, and Kate is fantastic.

Our conclusion? She recommended I visit Dr. Sam Van Eeden, an acclaimed skin doctor who is qualified to prescribe ZO Medical skin care. Kate and most of London’s best aestheticians work with ZO, a brand that has been around since 2007 but Dr. Zein Obagi, the man behind the brand, has founded ranges since the 70s and continues to develop cutting edge solutions.

The consultation with Van Eeden was riveting and turned much-received skin wisdom on its head. What I took away:

  • Putting too much moisturiser on the skin confuses it, and actually turns down the skin’s natural hydration mechanisms
  • If we use appropriate processes to boost the skin’s natural processes and use retinols strong enough to kickstart regeneration, we end up with skin that is tremendously softer smoother and more healthy
  • Which means we can really work to slow down ageing
  • Uniquely ZO also works to make skin resilient – to wind damage, pollution etc

Reader, I signed up.

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**I paid full whack to see Dr. Van Eeden and for his prescription products.

ZO Controlled Depth Peel in Action with Surface Clinic

With the support of Wigmore Medical, we are proud to introduce the ZO Controlled Depth Peel to the UK. Two clinics have joined forces to bring this Designer Signature Non-Invasive Face Lift treatment to the UK. Rukhsana Khan and Rita Poddar have been trained by Dr. Zein Obagi in Beverly Hills and Dr. Sam Van Eeden in the UK.

What is the New ZO Controlled Depth Peel?

This successor to the original Blue Peel from Dr. Zein Obagi. This peel allows a new layer of undamaged skin with a smoother texture and more even skin tone to emerge. The ZO Controlled Depth Peel is able to reach the deepest skin layers where it stimulates the cells locally. Patients will be treated with a local anesthetic before this peel. The peel has a downtime of 7-10 days, which means your patients will experience redness and flaking during this period.

What is it good for?

This peel is great for men and women wanting to correct skin problems such as acne scarring, fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, tone, skin laxity or poor texture. We perform it in-clinic and can customise to your patient’s needs based on their skin type and specific goals. Depending on your personalised treatment, we may perform this peel under conscious sedation to minimise any discomfort during treatment. This skin peel will help to reveal a new and healthy layer of skin with improvements to tone, tightness and texture.

You can now offer the New Controlled Depth Peel in your practice via a specialised ZO client referral scheme.

This procedure costs approximately £1600 and we offer a professional fee of £150 to the referring clinician for managing the patient’s consultation. This will include taking regular photos and pre/post reviews which we expect the referrer to provide via email. The referring clinician is responsible for prepping patients and prescribing the correct ZO Medical range.

Click the images below to see what the ZO Controlled Depth Peel looks like over a 9-day period:

To find out more please contact Surface Clinic on 01274 579612 or The Peppermint Group on 0141 332 8895

ZO Medical Brightalive

Non-Retinol Skin Brightener

Brightalive uses a multi-vectored skin pigment management approach using clinically proven alpha-arbutin and bio-engineered plant phytotechnology to inhibit melanin production. Ultra stable vitamin C and an advanced exfoliating enzyme help reverse uneven pigmentation and
encourage epidermal renewal for even skin tone and texture. A combination of the latest advances in peptide science, along with hexylresorcinol, soy, and licorice root, help block skin’s biochemical messengers to control melanocytes, the skin cell responsible for skin pigment development.

ZO Medical Glycogent

Exfoliation Accelerator

An innovative exfoliation accelerator engineered to help reduce inflammation and prevent future damage. Its aggressive protocol enhances mitosis and helps correct skin discoloration.

Read more about ZO Medical Glycogent: https://zo-skinhealth.co.uk/zoskinheal…

Restoracalm Soothing Recovery Cream from ZO Medical

Restoracalm Soothing Recovery Cream from ZO Medical


The skin faces many challenges on a daily basis, from the sun’s harmful UV rays, inflammation, weather conditions, diet and of course the ageing process. Like our bodies, it’s vital to feed and nourish skin to maintain skin health for a youthful and clear complexion. Advances in dermatological science in recent years have revealed the benefits of vitamins, antioxidants and other nutrients when applied to skin and the ZO Medical and ZO Skin Health ranges from the leading expert in skin rejuvenation, Dr Zein Obagi, have been carefully formulated using this knowledge and expertise.

At Juvea Aesthetics, we pride ourselves in using only the most effective advanced skincare ranges for our clients, which is why we are stockists of the ZO Medical and ZO Skin Health ranges and always at the forefront of new additions to the line.

RESTORACALM Soothing Recovery Crème

One of the more recent additions to the ZO range, Restoracalm Soothing Recovery Cream was created especially to provide relief to and soothe compromised skin whilst using aggressive treatments from the ZO Medical range such as Brightenex or Retamax – great for our clients who need that extra care for their peeling skin.

Suitable for all skin types, Restoracalm helps reduce redness, calm any skin irritation and also stimulate restoration for your natural skin barrier. This velvety and nourishing cream brings immediate comfort and hydration when your skin is feeling sensitive or weak. The specially created blend of Buddleja plant stem cell technology and beta glucan (known to soothe the skin) provides quick relief, reducing the appearance of redness or flakiness. Silk serecin protein biotechnology supports the skin’s own recovery process as well as protecting from sun damage therefore you will notice an overall improvement in the skin! Easy to apply in just one or two pumps, Restoracalm Soothing Recovery Cream does not interfere or diminish the results of any skin treatment you may be undertaking.

ZO Medical and ZO Skin Health products are exclusively available at leading UK physician practices such as Juvea Aesthetics in London.

ZO Medical 3 Step Peel Tutorial by Dr Zein Obagi