Explaining Pigmentation – Preventions and Treatments

Posted on 20 Mar, 2022

Skin pigmentation disorders impact the colour of your skin. Your skin gets its colour (its pigmentation) from melanin, which is a pigment. There are special cells in your skin that create melanin. If these cells become unhealthy or damaged, it can impact melanin production. Some pigmentation disorders will impact the entire body but for others, it can impact just patches of the skin. Below, we will reveal more about pigmentation and what you can do to prevent dark or light patches from forming on your skin. 

How melanin production irregularities can impact your skin

If your body does not create enough melanin, your skin will get lighter. This can result in vitiligo, which results in light skin patches. If your body makes excessive amounts of melanin, your skin will get darker. This can cause hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is when some parts of your skin end up being darker than the rest. This is a common skin condition that can impact people of all different skin types.

What are some of the common causes of hyperpigmentation?

There are a number of different causes of hyperpigmentation. Examples include skin aggravations, skin inflammation, tribal marks on the body and face, stretch marks, scars, insect bites, waxing, rashes, fungal infections, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, childhood scars, ingrown hairs, folliculitis, acne spots, blemishes, and sun exposure. 

Is it possible to prevent hyperpigmentation?

There are some things that you can do to reduce and prevent hyperpigmentation. For example, you can use a hat, shading your scalp and face to protect your skin. You should also avoid direct sunlight. Try to stay out of the sun throughout peak hours, i.e. between 10 am and 2 pm. Aside from this, you should limit touching your skin, apply SPF, and incorporate Vitamin C into your beauty routine. 

Treatment for pigmentation

Pigmentation treatment is available if you are suffering from hyperpigmentation. There are many different options available, including non-laser and noninvasive laser treatments, ensuring you will be able to benefit from the treatment that is right for you. Some of the different options available include dermabrasion, microdermabrasion, IPL therapy, laser peel, chemical peel, retinoids, face acids, and lightening creams. If you would like to find out more about the different options that we have available, please do not hesitate to give us a call for more information and we will be happy to help you get the treatment you’re looking for.