Changes in the colour of our skin in areas or spots on our face can leave skin uneven and blotchy. Known as hyperpigmentation (dark spot) or hypopigmentation (light spots). These spots are often associated with age but can be brought on by a number of factors.
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What Causes Pigmentation problems?
Skin pigmentation problems affect the color of your skin. Our skin gets its color from a pigment called melanin. When these cells become damaged or unhealthy, it affects the cells ability to produce melanin. Some pigmentation disorders affect just patches of skin. Others can affect the entire body.
Pregnancy, Addison’s disease, and sun exposure can all cause hyperpigmentation leaving skin darker in some areas or spots. Vitiligo and albinism are genetic conditions that cause hypopigmentation (lack of pigmentation).
Skin damage is also a leading cause of pigmentation problems. Infections, blisters, burns and other skin traumas may lead to hypopigmentation in the affected area. As cells aren’t able to form melanin at the same capacity.
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Preventing And Treating Pigment Problems
If your pigment concern is due to a medical condition like Addison’s or Vitiligo there are some prescription medications that can help treat the condition.
For those with skin damage safeguarding the skin against further damage is key. Avoiding sun exposure can also help reduce the contrast in skin colors. Your doctor may also be able to prescribe a topical cream that can also prevent further damage.