Whether you are fair skinned, bronzed, brown, or dusky, you will experience skin discoloration at certain areas of your body, usually on the face. This happens when your system produces too much or too little of the substance called melanin; a compound derived from amino acids and is responsible for determining a person’s hair, eye, and skin colors. When this occurs, the person is said to be suffering from skin pigmentation disorders and the results are readily visible especially on areas that are usually exposed like the face, neck, and shoulders.
Find out what causes skin pigmentation disorders and how to address these.
Some types of burns heal through time while others leave unsightly patches that are lighter or darker than the rest of your skin. You can apply chemical peels that will promote shedding of the dead skin (burnt) to give way to your revitalized skin which is finer, softer, and even toned. Severe cases of sunburn need to be seen by a doctor first before applying any topical treatments.
When a woman is pregnant or has begun taking birth control pills, she may experience hormonal changes that can adversely affect her skin. Some develop dark patches on both sides of the face, particularly around the eyes, extending up to the forehead. This is called Melasma. If this happens during pregnancy, seek help from your doctor instead of taking medicines on your own or applying topical solutions to eliminate the patches.
While most allergic reactions are suppressed and purged through antihistamines, others linger and cause skin lightening or darkening. People with autoimmune diseases such as Lupus suffer from changes in skin color that often become permanent dark patches. You can lighten dark spots through laser treatment that are proven to deliver impressive results. Consult a skilled dermatologist and ask about skin pigmentation and how laser treatment can help.
- Acne scars
Pimples leave brown spots on your face long after the wound has dried up. These unpleasant marks can be ‘erased’ by using a chemical peel that is mild enough for the face. Most peeling agents also contain products that help prevent the recurrence of pimples and reduce the skin’s oiliness.
Some discolorations, like birthmarks, naturally appear on the person’s skin before or after birth. Unless the birthmark is too large and causes the person discomfort or embarrassment, it is best to just leave it as these are harmless and may even fade over time.
As the sun is your skin’s prevalent enemy, make sure to wear adequate skin protection every time you step outside. Even when the sun is not shining brightly, be aware that its rays continue to assault your skin as it can penetrate through clouds and even glass. To help keep your skin supple and clear, drink plenty of water and make sure your supplements are loaded with Vitamin C.
Don’t wait until it’s too late before you fight the effects of skin pigmentation disorders. It’s time you give your skin the attention it deserves.