Crewe Hair and Skin Clinic


Woman with Freckles

Hyperpigmentation is the term used to describe darkening of an area of skin caused by increased production of melanin. Melanin helps to protect the skin against the effects of the sun such as skin cancer and premature ageing. There are 3 common  types of hyperpigmentation:

  1. Brown spots which vary in size and are usually on the face, hands, shoulder and arms – those areas exposed to the sun. More common in ladults over the age of 50

  2. Melasma – a common skin condition of adults in which light to dark brown or greyish pigmentation develops – mainly on the face

  3. Freckles  – Flat tanned circular spots that may develop on sun exposed skin after repeated exposure to sunlight

How the clinic can help

The options for dealing with hyperpigmentation in the NHS are limited..

The clinic will  assist by looking at the underlying causes and documenting the extent of the hyperpigmentation by photography, taking a detailed assessment; advising on the range of options available from the clinic. 

Treatment will take several months and results may vary. If a rapid cosmetic result is needed, the clinic is able to provide a specialised skin camouflage service.

The clinic offers a range of options to be used at home from the Obagi, ZoSkin Health and Aesthetic source range to suit a wide range of skin types. Results can be enhanced with in-clinic peels such as the Obagi Blue Peel Radiance and the Obagi Stimulator Peel.

Melasma and hyperpigmentation  are seen as dark  patches on the face. It is seen more commonly in people with  darker skin.The most important thing to do now is always sun screen with an SPF of more than 30 as the pigment will increase with more sun exposure. The sunscreen must be a physical sunscreen rather than a chemical sunscreen.


Hydroquinone options (for moderate to severe pigmentation)

The Obagi Nu Derm programme is a 24 week programme involving the use of prescribed 4% hydroquinone.

The Obagi C-Rx has both hydroquinone and vitamin C derived components.

Both systems come in normal/dry and normal/oily.  The regime usually requires addition of a prescribed retinoid for the skin  in the evening.

(The current price is on the price list under clinic information tab. Not to be used during pregnancy or breast feeding)


The active ingredient is cysteamine. Naturally present in human skin cells, cysteamine regulates melanin synthesis in the skin. It has been formulated to work as an effective topical treatment, Cyspera®.

Significant depigmenting effectiveness. Highly biocompatible and well tolerated. Non-cytotoxic, non-mutagenic, non-carcinogenic Superior benefit/risk ratio compared to hydroquinone –and all other alternative. 

67% melanin pigment reduction in hyperpigmented areas. 92% of users noticed moderate to significant improvements.

Products containing retinols/retinoids

Wrinkle and texture repair

Retinoids and retinol creams are dervived from vitamin A and are often used alongside hydroquinone in severe cases.

There are formulations which can be used within a skin care regime for moderate to mild hyperpigmentation such as Zo Skin health retinol skin brightener and Zo Skin health Wrinkle and Texture Repair.

(The current price is on the price list under clinic information tab. Not to be used during pregnancy or breast feeding)

Retinol skin brightener

Products containing Arbutin

Obagi C-Fx

The Obagi C-Fx programme for normal to oily and normal to dry skin is a non-repscription option for those who don’t want to use hydroquinone.

The Zo Skin Health Brightalive ski brightener is a key part of the Zo Skin health skin brightening system for mild hyperpigmentation.

Containing Diglucosyl gallic acid

Zo Skin Health Bright alive skin brightener is a non-retinol skin,non hydroquinone skin  brightener formulated to even skin tone, reduce dark spots and restore hydration, while calming and soothing irritated skin.

Available within the skin brightening system: A multi-product, skin therapy system designed for the visible treatment of hyperpigmentation without the use of hydroquinone and retinol which contains:

Gentle Cleanser for All Skin Types – 60 mL / 2 Fl Oz.
Exfoliating Polish – Net Wt. 16.2 g / 0.57 Oz.
Complexion Renewal Pads – 30 Pads, 75 mL / 2.5 Fl. Oz.
Brightalive® Skin Brightener – 30 mL / 1 Fl. Oz.
Daily Power Defense – 30 mL / 1 Fl. Oz.

This programme also reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Products containing mainly vitamin C

The Obagi C- Rx and Obagi C-Fx ranges described above also containg vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant. The Obagi Professional C serums come in 10%, 15% and 20% and can be used in mild hyperpigmentation.

The Zo Skin Health has products containing  vitamin C as does the  Neostrata enlighten range.

10% Vitamin C self activating

Zo Skin health Vitamin C Self-Activating  contains 10% Ascorbic acid which exfoliates skin surface pigmentation.

10% Tetrahexyldecyl ascorabte prevents new pigment melanin formation by up to 809%. It brightens, stimulates collagen production and reduces wrinkles.

Tocopherol and coenzyme-Q10 provide anti-oxidant protection.

Also contains squalene as a lipid replenisher.

Vitamin C in combination - Neo Strata enlighten range

NEOSTRATA® Enlighten Ultra Brightening Cleanse

NEOSTRATA® Enlighten Ultra Brightening Cleanser

A creamy wash formulated to stimulate cell renewal and gently cleanse. Patented NeoGlucosamine , a non-acid amino sugar, gently exfoliates dark spots and the surface cells that can cause skin to appear mottled and dull. A blend of Alpine Plant Extracts help brighten and clarify the skin. This cleanser effectively removes oil and makeup, leaving the skin healthy and refreshed. 4% NeoGlucosamine , Alpine Plant Extracts

100ml £35.80

Neostrata Pigment lightening gel

Neostrata Pigment lightening gel

A high-strength gel that combines active brighteners, Butyl Resorcinol, Kojic Acid and Vitamin C, to help reduce the appearance of existing pigmentation and discourage new spots from forming.

An AHA/PHA blend helps exfoliate skin and spots, while Licorice Extract enhances brightness. 10% AHA/PHA Blend, Butyl Resorcinol, Kojic Acid, Vitamin C

20g £38.80

NEOSTRATA® Enlighten Pigment Controlle

NEOSTRATA® Enlighten Pigment Controller

An advanced formula with clinically proven technologies to control pigmentation and prevent new dark spots from forming.

6% NeoGlucosamine , Retinol, Turmeric Extract, Alpine Plant Extracts and Vitamin C.

30ml £66.60

NEOSTRATA® Enlighten Illuminating Serum

NEOSTRATA® Enlighten Illuminating Serum

6% NeoGlucosamine, 4% Niacinamide B3, 0.1% B-Resorcinol, Licorice Extract, Vitamin C This light but powerful serum is designed to illuminate and brighten skin that is affected by hyperpigmentation caused by ageing, hormonal fluctuations and UV exposure.

It contains 5 potent brighteners formulated to help break up and reduce the appearance of pigmentation and discourage new dark spots.

It targets 7 pigment control systems to help even pigment by using ingredients that reduce tyrosinase and improve the look of discolouration.

30ml £71.80


NEOSTRATA® Skin Brightener SPF 25

This daily triple action moisturiser is formulated to both diminish the appearance of dark spots and brighten overall skin tone while protecting skin against further discolouration and damage.

Patented neoGlucomasine® gently exfoliates and encourages cell turnover to break up pigment clusters and diminish the appearance of skin discolouration. The skin brighteners B-Resorcinol and SabiWhite® target the enzymes involed in pigment production to discourage new spots from forming.

Potent antioxidants Chardonnay Grape Seed Extract and Vitamin E work together with broad spectrum sunscreen to help prevent environmental and oxidative damage.

Enlighten your daily skincare regiment with this multi-tasking brightener.

40g £47.19

Non hydroquinone, Non retinol

Skin better science even tone correcting serum

Skinbetter science® Rejuvenate Even Tone Correcting Serum.

Break up the appearance of hyperpigmentation to reveal beautiful, more even-toned skin. Even Tone Correcting Serum; featuring the patented b.r.y.t. complex by skinbetter, is a ground-breaking, non-hydroquinone, non-retinol, multi-action skin tone corrector that delivers a dramatic reduction in the appearance of hyperpigmentation.

Skinbetter’s proprietary, multi-action formulation employs a unique balance of proven active ingredients to reverse the visible effects of melanogenesis while supporting the overall vitality of the skin, making it an effective option for people of varying skin types that are struggling with visible results of hyperpigmentation.

For all skin types AM/PM

Directions: Apply morning and evening to the face, neck and decolete.

Use of a sunscreen during the day is recommended

5ml £6

30ml £124.62

Physical sunscreens are essential to stop the pigment coming back

Available to buy online (please click on the image)

Obagi Sun Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 50 MATTE Sunscreen Lotion PA+++ is a sheer formula that provides both UVA and UVB protection with two advanced sunscreens to prevent premature aging.*


Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure. Use a water resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating. Reapply at least every 2 hours.


Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Zinc Oxide 10.5% Inactive Ingredients: 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Chlorphenesin, Citric Acid, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer-3, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Methylisothiazolinone, PEG-40 Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polysilicone-11, Polysorbate 60, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Dihydroxycetyl Phosphate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Squalane, Stearyl Alcohol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tropolone, Water, Xanthan Gum.

* Individual Results May Vary

ZO Skin health sunscreen range

ZO Sunscreen and primer SPF 30 and Broad Spectrum SPF 30 are physical sunscreens

The sunscreen powder is new to the UK in 2020 and comes in Light, Medium and Deep Skin tones -SPF 30.

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