Abnormal pigmentation can be caused by many different factors, and can manifest itself in different ways.
Many people are affected by uneven pigmentation, and a significant number of those people will struggle to cope with their condition. The skin affected can be anywhere on the body, and can range from a tiny patch of skin to large areas of the body or face.
The most common types of abnormal pigmentation are:
Birthmarks tend to either be present at birth or develop within the first few weeks of life. Most are not harmful, and the skin tends to be smooth and flat. Colours can vary in hue and intensity.
Port wine stains occur when blood vessels close to the skin’s surface develop abnormally. They can appear on the face, limbs or trunk and are, as their name suggests, purply pink in colour.
Melasma mostly affects women, and is commonly known as the pregnancy mask. Hormonal changes cause brown patches to appear on the face, and although they may fade after the birth of the baby, they can be permanent.
Laser therapy is a highly effective and safe pigmentation treatment. The Advanced Intense Pulsed Light system heats up the area of skin affected and causes the pigmentation to disperse and be absorbed by the body.