Discolorations due to sun exposure or skin conditions can make you feel self-conscious and less than your best. Eugenia Berchenko, RN, BSN, addresses skin pigmentation issues with IPL laser treatments and Cosmelan Depigmentation Peel® so you experience a more evenly toned complexion with fewer lines and wrinkles. Men and women in West Hollywood, California, can benefit from Eugenia’s expert treatments. Call her or book an appointment online today.

Pigmentation Treatment Q & A

What are skin pigmentation problems?

Smooth, evenly toned skin looks healthy and fresh. Skin pigmentation irregularities can arise due to a number of reasons. These include:

  • Rosacea
  • Freckling
  • Sun exposure
  • Age spots
  • Melasma
  • Hyperpigmentation

The good news is that these pigmentation issues can be resolved.

Why do variations in skin pigmentation occur?

Your skin gets its color from a pigment known as melanin. Certain factors, such as sun exposure, aging, and disease, affects melanin production. When hyperstimulated, melanin production increases, resulting in dark spots, redness, and dark patches.

How does sun exposure affect skin pigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation often results from sun exposure. Sunlight triggers the production of melanin and sometimes leads to hyperpigmentation over time. Once you’ve developed dark spots, continued sun exposure can make them darker.

Places that are exposed to the sun commonly experience changes in pigmentation. Your face, neck, chest, arms, and hands often develop dark spots and freckling.

Why does skin pigment change as you age?

As your skin ages, you produce fewer cells that develop melanin, but existing ones increase in size and become more concentrated. You’ll start to notice these changes when you reach 40.

What is melasma?

Melasma usually shows up on the face as large patches of hyperpigmentation or discoloration. Melasma most often affects women and may happen due to hormone changes. Eugenia uses the Cosmelan Depigmentation Peel® to smooth out your complexion.

The peel contains azelaic acid, a gentler form of a chemical peel. It kills bacteria on the surface of your skin and boosts new skin cell production. The Cosmelan peel also contains Kojic acid, which is derived from naturally occurring fungi and inhibits the production of melanin in the skin. Melanin is the pigment that clumps together to cause melasma.

What causes the skin to redden?

You may experience redness and ruddiness due to a condition called rosacea. Your skin appears inflamed, and attempts to cover it with makeup are frustrating and often unsuccessful. IPL treatments can reduce the redness, giving you the evenly toned complexion you’ve always wanted.

How can I prevent skin pigmentation issues?

Eugenia places a huge emphasis on prevention so you can keep your skin as healthy as possible. Sunscreen keeps you protected from damaging sun rays, as does wearing a hat. Keeping out of the sun during intense hours and wearing protective clothing also helps.

If it’s too late and you have hyperpigmentation due to sun exposure or the natural aging process, hormones, or a skin condition, Eugenia helps even out discoloration using IPL treatments or Cosmelan peel treatments. Call today or book an appointment online to learn how you can achieve a smooth, even complexion.


  • IPL: $200 per treatment
  • Cosmelan: $850 – $950 per kit Medical grade formula available.

Book your appointment or call (310) 855-1150 for a complimentary consultation today!