Pigmentation 101 part 1
SO WHAT EXACTLY IS PIGMENTATION?
Pigmentation refers to uneven skin tone, which presents as brown spots on the skin. This discolouration is caused by the overproduction of melanin, the pigment responsible for giving skin its colour. When melanin is produced in excess, it accumulates in the layers of the skin causing it to darken.
Paige Starkey, RN at The Clinic, takes us through what is pigmentation, what does it look like and how to treat it. She will also share some up close visuals which will help you understand what type of pigmentation you have.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF PIGMENTATION?
Sun Damage pigmentation is a direct result of years of daily exposure to the sun. This damage to the skin causes darkened patches, spots and uneven skin tone often referred to as sunspots. This type of pigmentation is most often seen on sun-exposed areas such as the face, chest, shoulders and arms.
Melasma Pigmentation is Commonly seen during pregnancy, Melasma presents as large patches of pigmentation generally appearing on the forehead, cheeks, upper lip and chin. This type of pigmentation is caused by fluctuations in hormone levels, and may be triggered by pregnancy, the contraceptive pill and other hormonal therapies.
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation develops from any form of injury to the skin, including burns and trauma, and can also occur after aggressive skin treatments such as chemical peels and laser.
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That’s it for part one of Pigmentation 101, stay tuned for the part 2 of Pigmentation where we discuss Melasma in more detail.