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Posted on: May 27, 2019

What is Skin Pigmentation?

Skin pigmentation is a disorder that affects the color of your skin. The amount of melanin, a pigment that gives your skin its color, is the determining factor in your skin tone. There are specialized cells in the skin that produce melanin, and when these cells become damaged or unhealthy, the production of coloring pigment is thrown out of balance. 

What causes dark skin patches?

The result of such imbalances in melanin production is the discoloration of patches of skin. It can affect the face, although in some cases this skin disorder can have an effect on the entire body. If your body doesn't produce enough melanin, the skin becomes lighter, whereas if the body produces too much pigment, the skin becomes darker.

Dark skin patches are not an uncommon condition. It usually appears on the face in the form of brown patches. Both sexes can be affected, although the condition is more common in women than it is in men. Hormonal changes and too much exposure to the sun are two factors that can activate dark patches.

Is there a cure for skin pigmentation? 

Most types of skin pigmentation can be cured over time. It is important to keep in mind, however, that cases such as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation may not disappear on their own. It can be permanent, in some instances. 

A proper skin care regimen can put you on the path to improving, or alleviating your condition altogether. Speak to your esthetician for suggestions with regards to skin care products that can make a difference in the quality of your skin. A knowledgeable professional will help you implement the proper skin care for your needs.

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