Uneven skin coloring, called hyper-pigmentation, is a darkening of the skin in spots or patches caused by the overproduction of melanin, the pigment responsible for skin tone and hair color. Dark patches and spots are often referred to as age spots or liver spots, because they commonly occur on older skin. However, hyper-pigmentation can appear on any skin, at any age.
Causes of Uneven Skin Coloring
There are a number of things besides aging that can cause hyper-pigmentation or skin discoloration. Some of the more common causes include:
- Sun damage: Repeatedly exposing your skin to the sun’s UV rays for extended periods of time can cause damage to skin cells, resulting in overproduction of melanin to protect your skin from the sun.
- Pollution: Pollutants from air, water and chemical-laden personal care products can penetrate your skin, causing brown spots, especially on your face.
- Hormones: Hormone-related hyper-pigmentation is called melasma, a condition caused by increased hormone production. Melasma is often seen during pregnancy, and is sometimes called the “mask of pregnancy.” It can also be caused by contraceptive drugs, or as a reaction to cosmetics or medications.
- Post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation: Scarring of your skin tissue due to acne or injury can cause the affected skin to darken.
- Vitiligo: The opposite of hyperpigmentation, vitiligo is loss of pigmentation in the skin caused by dying melanin cells. Although it can occur with any skin tone, vitiligo is usually more apparent in darker skin tones. The condition often begins with small areas that spread over time.
Treatment for Uneven Skin Coloring
There are a plethora of products and procedures on the market that promise to lighten darker areas of skin, but many of them offer only marginal results. A new exciting treatment that is growing in popularity among people of all skin tones is glutathione therapy.
A powerful antioxidant produced naturally in your body, glutathione deficiency is becoming more common due to stressful lifestyles and imbalanced diets. While you can use glutathione supplements in pill form, only a portion of the active ingredients ever make it to your skin cells, because much of it travels through your digestive tract without being absorbed.
The best way to get a strong enough dose of glutathione to impact your skin cells is with IV infusion therapy. With IV therapy, you bypass your digestive tract, allowing glutathione to enter your blood stream directly, where it is then carried to cells throughout your body, including your skin cells.
In addition to its skin-lightening properties, glutathione plays a number of vital roles throughout your body, supporting your immune system and playing an active role in multiple metabolic processes. Not only will an IV glutathione infusion help improve your skin, it will enhance your overall health.
Glutathione IV Therapy in NYC
To get a safe and minimally invasive glutathione IV treatment, contact the professional staff at Advanced Cryo NYC, located in the heart of SoHo. Relax in comfort in our spa-like clinic while potent glutathione is infused, drip by drip, into your blood stream. While you visit, be sure to ask about our growing menu of treatments and therapies, all designed to promote a healthy happy lifestyle.