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Alternative Perspectives in Hyperpigmentation

Contact Author Erin Madigan-Fleck, N.M.D
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For decades, our industry has placed great emphasis on the research and development of effective, safe and reliable products for the management of hyperpigmentation. We have within our reach dozens of product lines, home care product selections and equipment modalities targeted to the often unpredictable task of reducing the appearance of unwanted hyperpigmentation. For the majority of individuals who are faced with a daily reminder of their pigment abnormalities, the intent to completely eradicate their hyperpigmentation cannot come soon enough. The socioeconomic impact of melasma and hyperpigmentation has been well documented and studied regarding its impact on self-esteem, quality of life and even the deliberate avoidance of outdoor activities for both men and women.

From a physiological perspective, the development of hyperpigmentation is a complex and often misunderstood process governed by a series of biochemical, circumstantial and environmental events. Pigmentation is also influenced by genetic and endocrine factors that modulate the amount, type and distribution of pigment found in the skin, eyes and hair. There are lesser known nutritional, pharmacological and disease related influences that are not common and present as abstract in nature. With the number of factors influencing health and the environment today, the consideration of the development of hyperpigmentation being strictly a “sun event” should strongly be reconsidered.

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Erin Madigan-Fleck, N.M.D., LEI, LMC, is a licensed esthetic instructor and esthetician with over 30 years of experience in the esthetic and wellness industries. She is a nationally certified natural health professional and holds a doctorate degree in naturopathic medicine. Madigan-Fleck can be reached at naturo4@comcast.net.

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