Skin Lightening can often be achieved through the use of Lasers, IPLs and topical creams, such as Retinoids, Hydroquinone, Azelaic acid and others.

Increased pigmentation of the skin can be caused by many factors including over-exposure to the sun,  sun damage, pregnancy, genetic influences, post-inflammatory changes in the skin, birthmarks, moles, a variety of medical diseases, reactions to some drugs and the like.

Making an accurate assessment of the pigmentation problem is best carried out by a Consultant Dermatologist, who can then advice you on an appropriate investigation and treatment plan. Clearly making an accurate diagnosis is of paramount importance.

Depending on the pigmentation problem, the choice of treatment will vary. For example in melasma (chloasma), topical skin lightening creams plus sun blocks are the order of the day. In resistant cases, laser or IPL treatments may be considered.


With photo-ageing, including the presence of lentigos (liver spots or age spots), Lasers and IPLs will be considered early on in the treatment plan.

The topical skin lightening creams are available on prescription and it is necessary for you to be assessed by a skin specialist first so that the correct treatment is planned.

At the Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic , we have a team of medical skin specialists to help and guide you to the most suitable treatment for you.

Please call our friendly, helpful team on 01227 472288 if you would like to make an appointment.